Saturday, October 28, 2006

Improve Courage - 8 Simple Steps (BL #602)

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In this issue:
  • Quotes of the week
  • Feature: Improve Courage - 8 Simple Steps
  • Success Tip of the week
  • Successful / Famous People: Lance Armstrong
  • Resources

Quotes of the week

"Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them." --Ralph Waldo Emerson

"It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power." --Alan Cohen

"Courage is the price that Life exacts for granting peace." --Amelia Earhart

"If you deliberately plan on being less than you are capable of being, then I warn you that you'll be unhappy for the rest of your life." --Abraham H Maslow (1908-1970) - Psychologist & Author


FEATURE: Improve Courage - 8 Simple Steps

In the last issue, we talked about the courage and its role in your success

Courage is not the lack of fear, but the ability to go ahead and do what needs to be done despite of the fear.

There's an acronym for F.E.A.R: False Estimation Appearing as Real. Depending on how you look at things, your fear may or may not appear real to you. Everyone faces fear one time or the other. Although fear is only in our mind, we have to take action in order to live free of it.

Certain amount of fear is good. Fear prepares you for fight or flight. Either you have to face it or you have to run away from it. There's no point in worrying about it. You need courage to pursue your dreams and goals.

One of the biggest cures for fear is - PREPARATION. It’s natural for you to feel the fear when you are trying to do a new thing. Do your home work, get the facts and recall your own past successful events to overcome the fear.

"We're all afraid of something. The one fear we must all guard against is the fear of ourselves. Don't let the sensation of fear convince you that you're too weak to have courage. Fear is the opportunity for courage, not proof of cowardice. No one is born a coward. We were meant to love. And we were meant to have the courage for it." says John McCain, a U.S. Senator. (1)

With the proper mindset, determination, and will power, you can conquer any kind of fear.

"Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others." --Winston Churchill

"We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world." --Helen Keller

Courage is like a muscle. It gets stronger by exercising it.

So, here are the 5 simple steps to improve courage:

1) Feel it, Accept it, and Visualize the positive outcome: Feel the fear. Its ok to be there. Its not going to stop you from taking action. When you feel it and accept it, it goes away like a darkness disappearing when you shine light on it. When you feel and allow it to be there, it releases the stress and anxiety. Then visualize the positive outcome of accomplishing the task you intended. Visualize it fully. There must be something worthwhile you will get, otherwise you wouldn't be trying to do it. Visualize and feel the nice feelings of successful accomplishment.

Do what you feel right to do. Never worry about what “they” say. This quote says it most appropriately- “All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism.”

2) Affirmations are one of the best ways to create positive state of mind and enhance the courageous feelings. Practice the Courage Affirmations on Affirmations Tool:

3) Anchor: Anchoring is like creating trigger mechanism within yourself to instantly create the successful state of mind. To anchor courage, put your hand on your heart and feel the moment in your life when you felt confident and courageous. Feel that moment for 3 to 5 minutes. Do this exercise once everyday.

4) Preparation: If your fear is about - job or a special task you must do - specify the problem, see what can be done, make plans, and take action. Sometimes you won't know what would be the right plan. Some plan is better than no plan. You can work with a coach who can help you clarify your plan and encourage you to take the right action. Ultimately, it is up to you to make the decision. Then the question comes - "Can I get it done?" You can prioritize and work on your priorities. That way you can eliminate stress and accomplish more with peace of mind.

5) Daily physical, vigorous aerobic exercises help you to attain the sound mind in a sound body.

6) Watch a positive, encouraging movie (Ex: Wizard of OZ, Rocky, Rudy, Rookie, Remember the Titans)

7) Read stories and biographies of successful people who have overcome many adversities to reach their goals.

8) Role model: Choose a person you know or a character in a movie in reference to overcoming fear and taking action despite the fear.

Take it easy, be free, and live with passion and courage!

1. McCain, John. "Finding the courage within you." Fast Company September 2004. 16 August 2006 [].


Success Tip of the week

Motion controls emotion: If you are feeling low or bored, try rapid physical movements. They can get you out of current state of mind and put you in a positive state of mind.


Successful / Famous People: Lance Armstrong

Read and learn about-
- what is he famous for
- interesting qualities, events, facts
- things we can learn from him

Lance Armstrong quotes:

"Pain is temporary, it may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place."

"Anything is possible. You can be told that you have a 100-percent chance or a 50-percent chance or a 1-percent chance, but you have to believe, and you have to fight."

"A boo is a lot louder than a cheer, if you have 10 people cheering and one person booing all you hear is the booing."



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