Who is stopping you from being self-confident and self-reliant right now? Nobody is stopping you but yourself. In times like these, it’s more important than it’s ever been to find that inner confidence in order to succeed. Having courage does not depend on what is happening all around you. It depends entirely on what is happening on the inside. Thoughts and thoughts alone can give you this courage. But, it’s these same thoughts that can allow fear to creep in. Why not begin right now thinking thoughts of courage?
Dale Carnegie would say, “Get busy and fear will vanish”. Most of us are filled with far more courage than we ever dreamt we had in our possession. Developing courage requires you to do the thing you fear and to keep doing it until you have a myriad of successful experience in your mental portfolio. This is the surest way ever discovered to conquer your fears.
Take a chance! The person who succeeds the most is usually the one who is willing to do and dare.
Decide on a course of action and don’t deviate from it. Keep so busy and work so hard that you don’t have time to think about your fears.
This is what Dale Carnegie says about having courage:
Would you like to have more courage? Here are five short rules. If you will follow them, I guarantee they will increase your store of fortitude.
- Act as if you are courageous. This makes you a bit braver as if one part of you has been challenged and wishes to show it is not wholly afraid.
- Pause to reflect that others have had to face great discouragements and great obstacles and have overcome them. And what others have done, surely you can do.
- Remember that your life sources move in a sort of rhythm. If you feel depressed and without power to face life, you may be at the bottom of the trough. If you keep up your courage you will swing out of it, using the very forces that at the moment are sucking you down.
- Remember you feel more defeated and downcast at night than during than during daylight hours.
- Carnegie said, “Courage is the measure of at big soul. Try to measure up.”
So when times get tough and you don’t feel like you have the courage to go on, reach way down deep inside yourself and find that place where your courage lives and realize that you’re not alone and that others have found the courage to go on. You can too.