There is a difference between bravery and courage. Bravery is confronting obstacles without any feeling of fear. Courage, on the other hand, is doing what needs to be done even though you feel fear.
Why would you do things if you feel afraid? Well, the goal must be really, really important to you. It may be trying a martial arts class, or trying sparring. I still get nervous before any training session, or if I have to teach class, as I want to do really well in it. I do feel fear. But I do love teaching all of you, so I overcome this fear every class.
Why is it important to exhibit courage? Well, a few reasons:
– increase your confidence
– you will start looking at life in a more positive manner because you have proven to yourself you can overcome things
– you will develop leadership skills, as your spirit will inspire those around you
– you get experienced at taking chances and overcoming obstacles, so you can be ourageous in all decisions in life
– you will exude success
– more importantly, you will be happy as you are having the courage to chase what is really important to you (even if you are afraid).
Quite a few of our students need to be coaxed into grading because they are afraid, but they go ahead and blitz the grading anyway. It is alright to feel fear. However, you cannot let it overcome you, otherwise you will not achieve what you want in life.
For this week, think about something you really want to do, however have been afraid to do so. Then have the courage to give it a try. Remember, it all starts with a simple step forward.
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