|Increase your "Courage Quotient" by trying something new!|
In Dr. Biswas-Diener's latest book, the definition of what he describes as the "Courage Quotient" (also the book's title) is the "willingness to act and the ability to control fear. When you can successfully curb your fears and boost your ability to take action, you are better able to live a full and virtuous life."
So can courage be learned, and if so, how? Dr. Biswas-Diener's book proves that the answer is a resounding 'yes' and lists many specific strategies to do so.
In the book, one of the courageous people he interviewed mentions she faces her fear head on by trying something new each week. "It is an interesting, and courageous, technique because it combines exposure to uncertainty with dealing with fear head on. This is one habit that builds a sense of personal efficacy."
So here's a fun challenge for all of you - let's declare this week "try something new" week!
It can be big or small - the point is to exercise your 'courage muscle' by increasing your willingness to act while controlling the feelings of fear.
Since studies show you're more willing to follow through if you make it public, part of this challenge is to post your 'try something new' intention on our Facebook page and then let us know how it went!
Looking for ideas for 'try something new' week?
- Try a new food you've never tasted
- Start a conversation with someone in the grocery line- Sign up for a class you've always wanted to try- Take a different route on your commute to work- Dance like nobody's watching (for inspiration type this phrase into Youtube)
We can't wait to hear about your experiences!