Start over, one step at-a-time


Cultivating courage can be easy if we focus on putting in the time and energy to do it. Here are some of my favorite methods for developing courage on a daily basis:


  1. Know yourself

Take the time to examine who you are as a person so you can figure out your strengths and the areas where maybe you need to grow a little to be courageous. Then, start working on those areas where you could use some improvement or ask for help from others so they can pick up the slack.

  1. Take responsibility for your mistakes

Look at how you live your life and where you have made errors. Own up to your mistakes, recognize them and try to learn from them. Apologize as needed.

  1. Forgive yourself

No one is perfect. Strive for progress, not perfection. If you fall off the horse, be kind to yourself and get right back on.

  1. Stand up for yourself

Do not let others push you to think, act or feel in ways not right for you. Be brave in standing up for your wants and needs.

  1. Don’t give up

Remember, you will always have hope as long as you keep trying. When times get tough and your courage is waning, rest, recharge and then keep going. Fight for what you want and need.

  1. Learn to say yes

If something sounds appealing but it is a little scary, say yes and try it. At least put a toe in the water—you may discover something new about yourself.

  1. On the other hand, learn to say no

If something or someone makes you uncomfortable, rally your courage and say no to investing your time and energy.

  1. Let go of what you can’t fix or change

Even the most courageous of people can’t change what they can’t change. If you can’t change something, let go of it, accept it as it is and invest your skills in areas that you can change or improve.