Courage is our response to stressful situations.
Life is full of stress. This could be good stress or bad stress. We are typically are more fearful of the bad stress.
Few examples of stressful situations
Giving a presentation at work
Going to an event where you do not know anyone
Hosting a party
Preparing dinner (yes I threw this in because cooking is not everyone's "thing")
Telling a friend or family member you are not happy with something
The list can go on and on.
Practice these 5 tips
Know your topic
Create a plan
Critique your practice
Sometimes the practice part will only be in your own mind and other times this is the most important part. In the example of giving a presentation, the more you practice will bring your confidence. The critiquing portions is also crucial towards a successful result.
The example of going to an event where you do not know anyone. The best way to navigate through these types of situations is to have a list of question that you can ask others .
Your list could include:
Do you live in the area?
What is your occupation?
Do you have pets?
What are your hobbies?
Where are you originally from?
Did you grow up in this area?
Have you read (insert title of the book here)?
Focus your interest on the other person and not about yourself. This typically will make for a more engaging conversation and eventually the person will ask about you.
Courage requires you to tap into one of your innermost strengths. We are all born with courage. The more you practice reacting positively; the more naturally courage will come to you!
I hope you have courageous day!