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  • Writer's pictureYamit Armbrister

Are you courageous?

From a very young age I’ve been hearing that I'm courageous. With time, I've realized that those who say that confuse the things that I've done and doing as either being fearless or reckless. That's a big misconception. I'm afraid of many things. I was afraid when I've made most of my major decisions and still am with the new ones I'm making now. Is being afraid conflicts with being courageous? The definition of courage is the ability to do something that frightens one. So, courageous people ARE afraid, but they overcome the fear. How do they do that? 1. Taking calculated risks I always ask myself one question: what's the worst that can happen to me? If it's something that is worth taking the risk for, I’ll take it.

2. A strong inner belief that you'll be able to bounce back, somehow... Confidence in the ability to bounce back even when things collapse and that is a major drive for being courageous. 3. Not being afraid of changes, even great ones! Viewing changes as opportunities is a mindset. That includes changes that you did not want to take or chose to take. 4. Strong desire to live life in full Almost anything we do is risky, even when we think it's safe. Understanding that not much is really in my control helps me "take risks" because I don't want to live half a life. 5. Praying It's free and there's no harm in it. Courage and resilience are closely related because both traits involve facing and overcoming challenges, difficulties, and adversity. Courage is the ability to face fear, danger, or uncertainty with confidence and determination. It involves acting in the face of perceived risks or challenges, even when it may be uncomfortable or difficult. Resilience, on the other hand, is the ability to adapt and recover from difficult or stressful situations. It involves being able to bounce back from setbacks, failures, or trauma, and continue moving forward despite obstacles or challenges. Both courage and resilience require a certain level of inner strength, determination, and perseverance. When facing adversity, it takes courage to take the first step towards overcoming it, and resilience to keep going even when faced with setbacks or obstacles.

So… Courage and resilience are both important traits that are closely related in their ability to help individuals face and overcome challenges, and to continue moving forward despite adversity. Overall, being courageous requires a willingness to face fear and uncertainty, to overcome social pressure, to learn from past experiences, and to challenge our personal beliefs. It is not an easy task, but it can lead to personal growth, increased self-confidence, and positive change.

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