What is the Connection Between Self Confidence and Courage?
Glad that you asked!
Let’s take a look at the connection between courage and self-confidence.
Trust us, there’s an important reason why we’re exploring this idea today.
Take a moment to think back on a time when you were scared to do something but you gathered up your courage and did it anyway.
Maybe it was walking away from a bad situation. Maybe it was working through a problem that seemed impossible at first glance. Maybe it was overcoming a fear of yours, facing it, and coming through ok at the other side. Maybe it was overcoming a big physical or mental challenge like running your first 10K race or acing a big exam. It doesn’t matter what it was, as long as you think of something that took courage to do.
Think about how you felt after you did whatever that courageous thing or act was. It felt pretty amazing, didn’t it?
Maybe you were a bit exhausted from the effort, or relieved that you did make it through to the other side. Mostly though, that adrenaline started pumping through your system and you felt incredibly proud of what you’d accomplished. That in turn made you feel elated and good about yourself and your own ability to do other courageous things.
In other words, you gave yourself a big boost of self-confidence. That right there, is one of the connections between self-confidence and courage.
You can boost your confidence and feeling of self-worth by getting into the habit of doing courageous things. There’s also a second connection. Once you’ve gotten that boost of self-confidence, you start to feel more courageous and then you are ready to tackle the next hard thing on your list.
In other words, self-confidence and courage can work in either a self-propelling cycle or spiral. Do something courageous and your self-confidence increases.
As your confidence goes up, it will be easier to do something courageous. And on and on it spirals. This is an important concept to grasp and it’s something that you can use to your advantage. What it means is that by simply getting in the habit of doing something that scares you or that seems hard at first glance and having the courage to give it a try anyway, you can put this self-propelling spiral of increased self-confidence into motion.
From there on out, every little thing you do that’s either courageous or increases your confidence in yourself, will make it easier to keep going and keep improving on both counts. The only hard part is getting started, and frankly, that isn’t all that hard or scary, is it?
We won't downplay the anxiety that can come with taking that first step at all. One way to push yourself is to speak back to that little voice we like to call the Inner Critic and tell it that you appreciate it for trying to protect you but you are courageously taking over from here.
What can you do today that takes a little courage?
We can think of one major thing that you can do, you can start learning and implementing the tools and strategies that we teach in the 8 week online Group Coaching Program Slay Your Inner Critic. When you finish the course you will feel empowered to courageously rise to the opportunities that created fear for you before and have increased self love and self confidence.
If you are ready we are ready to support you.
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