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Courage is a universally admired attribute. It’s the capacity to persevere despite fears, pains and difficulties. It’s the willingness to be afraid and act anyway. In it’s simplest definition, it means bravery. Courage enables one to be bold enough to go after their dreams. For entrepreneurs the valour to start a business, writers to bring to life exceptional pieces and soldiers to risk their lives to ensure security and peace for their countries. Those who don’t have it crave for it and those who do are admired for it.
Over the weekend i went for an audition at a media company here in Lagos Nigeria and it was a mixture of different emotions from the auditionees as we awaited the result. While some were over-confident, most were agitated and others didn’t care much if they made it or not but there was a particular lady whose attitude struck me most. While we were being addressed after the audition, one of the judges asked this lady if she knew the CEO of the media company , her answer was “No”. Mind you, this person is someone who is well known in the entertainment industry. She was asked further if she knew any other celebrity in the entertainment industry, her response was ‘No’ still. Out of curiosity another judge asked her if she watches television she said ‘yes’ but how’s that possible that she watches television and does not know either the owner of the media company or any other celebrity i wondered. At this point a lot of us were shocked and most people were literally laughing and shouting to express their surprise.
This lady was also quite shy and her English not so perfect but that didn’t stop her from competing with those with better experience. I was so amazed at her bravery. On our way out of the studio some guys who came for the audition as well asked her why she came for the audition and her response was ” I heard about it, and decided to try it out”. I began to mentally chide myself on how i had cold feet all week and almost decided last minute to not show up but for my sister who encouraged me to go and here was a lady who knew she wasn’t so good at the art but decided to show up irrespective of her shortcomings.
This event taught me some things about courage, they are…
1. Courageous people do feel fear, but they are able to manage and overcome their fears. Courage doesn’t mean you don’t get afraid, it means you don’t let fear stop you
2.That courage is contagious. The girl in the story may not know this but she did really inspire me. I resolved over the weekend to always try to make an effort to do that which scares me. The beautiful thing is that it just might be the start of something new. Courage changes not just you but also those around you.
3. Courage means you are ditching the comfort zone. The comfort zone never allows room for growth, self development, creativity and success. We can choose courage or we can choose comfort but we can’t have both, not at the same time.
4. Courage shows vulnerability. But this vulnerability isn’t weakness. It’s about showing up despite having no control over the outcome of things. That’s strength!
5. Courage enables you to get all you want in life. Speaking from experience, i have missed great opportunities as a result of fear. Imagine all you can accomplish when you let go all of your fears. A lot! I tell you.
Here are some tips to help boost your courage and increase confidence
1. Hang out with people who encourages you to be your best. These are people who see your potentials and believe in you even when you do not believe in yourself. They are a great source of motivation.
2. Write a list of every single thing you are afraid of and do them all.
3.Don’t wait until you feel courageous to be courageous, always be. Courage doesn’t have a on/off switch.
4.Embrace failure, it’s part of the process for success. You might not succeed at the first, second or third attempt, but do not give up, rather fail your way into success.
5. Encourage and believe in yourself. Say encouraging things like “I can do this!” rather than saying “I might mess this up”. You know how you encourage your friends or siblings when they are about to take up something difficult? Well, channel those words towards yourself. Let your thoughts be positive always.
What are your thoughts on courage? Have you ever found yourself in situations where you think you aren’t good enough? How did you overcome such feeling?
Qoute of the day: “courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying ‘I will try again tomorrow ‘ ” – Mary Anne Radmacher
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