“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” — Winston Churchill
The one thing all leaders have is courage, even though they come in all shapes and forms. Courage to think and choose differently, even when all hope seems lost, they hold their ground and never give up.
Embrace that Fear Exists
Let your fear propel you forward. Use it to your advantage. Every day, take small steps towards conquering your fear. Write down a small list of the things you fear that you feel might be holding you back—then write a list to go with each fear, of the steps you can take to overcome those fears. Even if the changes are tiny, over time they amount to something bigger, and you gain confidence, competence and ultimately, Courage!
Look Within Yourself
No-one knows you better than you know yourself. Take a good look and think about some of the things you could improve on—this could be anything; you could be more patient with your kids or your spouse, more understanding of situations, perhaps you’re bad at helping out around the house—anything you feel you could be a little better at. Write those things down. And each day, one step at a time, work towards strengthening those weaknesses.
It’s All About Repetition
At the end of the day, it’s all about practicing and repeating your small acts of courage every single day—until it becomes second nature. Soon enough, there will be no more second guessing yourself, and you can go into any situation, good or bad, courageously.