5 Simple Ways to be CourageousSeptember 27th
We all have the power to be heroes. We all have what it takes within ourselves to be brave, to be courageous. The real issue at hand, when you think you can’t do the right thing, when you feel you can’t be brave, is that you have the wrong definition of the word.
The issue at hand is not “Can you run into a burning building?”
The question is not “Are you willing to give your life for someone else?”
Those are all great things, yes, but they are not the be-all and end-all of courage. The fireman who saves lives is not brave because he goes into the flames- he is brave because he knows, far better than most men, how deadly fire is. True courage is the ability to face the consequences, to do what is right even when the result can be painful. Most of us have at least a few chances to do just that on a weekly, if not daily level. Don’t believe me? Then take a look at this short list of easy things you can to practice your bravery:
1. Give up your seat to some one who needs it more: Riding the bus or train is grueling, but there’s probably someone even more tired than you; give up your seat and have the courage to stand the rest of the way home.
2. Wait your turn: Sure there are all sorts of people pushing and shoving at the coffee counter or water-cooler but you can wait it out the extra couple of minutes to let those who are late or worried get ahead of you
3. Lose an argument: Your wife or friend is so desperate to be right, and it really costs you nothing- let them win this time.
4. Stand by your man (or woman): Your partner is angry, someone has wronged them, sure you could point out why the other person feels the way they do but keeping quiet and listening is the braver (and nicer) thing to do
5. Take a risk: Sure the safer bet is safer- obviously! But sometimes you need to risk a little in life to gain.
Now I’m not promising that trying these things will make you feel like Superman, but odds are that they’ll make you feel braver and maybe, just maybe, a little bit more ready to face the big challenges in life.