The Connection Between Self-Confidence and Courage

Today let’s take a look at the connection between courage and self-confidence. Trust me, there’s an important reason why we’re exploring this idea so early on in the challenge. 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 okay 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.

We can boost our confidence and feeling of self-worth by getting into the habit of doing courageous things. Establishing that habit is something we’ll work on throughout the challenge. There’s also a second connection. Once you’ve gotten that boost of self-confidence, you start to feel more courageous and are ready to tackle the next hard thing on your list.

In other words, self-confidence and courage work in 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? What can you do today that takes a little courage?

Welcome to the Confidence & Courage Challenge

Hello and welcome to thirty days of building your courage and increasing your self-confidence. It’s an important topic and something we can all benefit from. As we spend this month learning and thinking about courage and self-confidence, let’s keep our eyes on working through the issues that keep us from living our best life.

Over the course of this thirty day challenge, we’ll explore what the connection between courage and confidence is, why they are important and of course (and most importantly) what we can do to become more courageous and increase our self-confidence on a daily basis. The end goal is to have a bag of tools to help us continue to become more confident after this month of exploration is over. Of course, I also hope to see a big boost of courage and self-confidence throughout the challenge itself.

If you’ve been struggling with your own feelings of self-confidence and self-worth, or simply been too scared and intimidated to go after your dreams, you know this is an important topic. Increasing your level of self-confidence will make you feel better about yourself and help you move forward in life and reach for your dreams. Most importantly, how courageous and confident we are has a direct affect on how happy and accomplished we feel. In other words, finding your courage and self-confidence is something well worth pursuing.

Are you ready to join me and commit to a month of exploration and working on your own levels of courage and self-confidence? Like anything that involves human growth and self-improvement, it’s not always going to be easy and I will ask you to step out of your comfort zone from time to time.

That being said, I promise you it is well worth working on this particular aspect of personal development and you can gain quite a bit by sticking with me and giving it a try. At the very least, commit to signing up and reading each daily email and blog post. I’m sure you’ll get something out of it and hopefully you’ll decide to jump in and implement what I’m sharing each day. We’ll continue tomorrow with a look at how courage and self-confidence are related.