"Courage is a habit, a practice, and a talent that can be mastered," writes Robert Biswas-Diener in The Courage Quotient. We'll show you how today. It is frequently claimed that bravery is not the absence of fear, but rather the ability to sense fear and act nevertheless. Fear in and of itself is not a terrible thing. It is your body's way of warning you that something might be wrong with your environment that could hurt you or kill you if you aren't careful. If you ignore this warning signal, it may cause you to feel sick to your stomach or have heart palpitations. Fear can also help save your life by making you stop doing things that would probably hurt less if you were to continue going into dangerous situations.
The problem arises when fear starts controlling your behavior instead of the other way around. When this happens, you have let fear win over you - and this is where the trouble begins. Fear has a way of growing stronger with each moment that passes without action, and it becomes easier each day not to do what needs to be done. However, if you are able to find the will power to face down your fears, they will begin to lose their hold on you and you will start showing more courage every day.
Some people are born with a natural ability to face danger head-on, while others are not. Whether you are born with a lot of courage or not, all it takes to increase your level of bravery is time and practice.
Courage does not imply the absence of fear. Courageous individuals have fear, but they are able to control and conquer it such that it does not prevent them from doing. They frequently utilize fear to ensure that they are not overconfident and that the proper steps are taken. For example, George Washington was very afraid of combat, but he never let this fear control him. He always took the appropriate precautions and led his troops into battle.
Fear can be a good thing in small doses. It tells us when we are in danger and needs to be avoided or retreated from. Fear can also help us fight off threats when used properly. For example, when faced with a threat, some animals will freeze up to look bigger or more intimidating, which usually works to scare away predators.
In sports, people often say that someone has "grit" or "courage" in situations where most others would have given up. The American philosopher John Stuart Mill said that courage is "the resistance of mind to fear and distress". While this definition is correct, it fails to take into account those cases where fear causes us to do things that are not right. For example, if I were facing an extreme cold weather hike and knew that many people would die during winter storms, I might worry about what would happen to me if I got lost or hurt.
"Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than dread," Franklin D. Roosevelt once said. "Dread is the feeling that you are about to do something wrong or bad. But courage is the knowledge that something is right and worth doing anyway."
Without fear, there can be no courage. Fear is an essential part of life. It is as natural as breathing. There are two types of courage: moral and physical. Moral courage is the willingness to stand up for what you believe in even if it means being persecuted for it. Physical courage is the ability to face danger head on without fear. Some people have more physical courage than others because they're not afraid of failure or pain. They know they can take care of themselves and that they will be all right.
Moral courage is needed by everyone at times. If you are given an opportunity to do something good, whether it is speaking out against injustice or helping someone in need, you should take it. A lot of people like to stay hidden inside their houses waiting for trouble to come to them. This is not how God wants us to live. We are all supposed to make our world better even if it means risking something.
Furthermore, bravery provides you the ability to pursue things that are essential to you. It also boosts your self-esteem and helps you to have faith in your talents. Similarly, it is critical to understand that courage is not the absence of fear. Fear is an important part of any battle, but without courage, you cannot win.
Bravery is something that most people need but few possess. However, everyone can learn to be more courageous by following some simple steps.
First of all, courage is not free. It requires both energy and time. Therefore, if you want to increase your level of courage, you must make sure that you give these actions proper attention and focus.
Secondly, like with anything else, courage can be used either wisely or foolishly. So, if you want to become more courageous, you should try to use this quality only for good purposes. For example, you can be brave and face down your fears, even if it means just trying out something new. Or, you can be a coward and run from danger, even if it might save your life one day.
At its core, courage is about knowing what is right and going for it anyway. So, if you want to improve your level of courage, you should study other people's successes and failures, then use this information to guide you in making better decisions.