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Build Your Courage Against Impossible Odds In Just 4 Ways

CONQUERING FEAR IS ABOUT SELF-AWARENESS, WISDOM, AND UNDERSTANDING YOUR STRENGTHS—OFTEN IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY. LUCKILY THESE ARE PERSONALITY TRAITS THAT YOU CAN PRACTICE.

Fear has a place in our emotional life, and it shows up daily. Everything causes it: finding new work, dealing with financial uncertainty, creating something new, contemplating failure. By necessity, our minds are designed to let fear in—without it, we’d never survive.

But how do you keep fear from impeding your ability to fulfill your potential?

Conquering fear is about self-awareness, wisdom, and understanding your strengths—often in the face of adversity. You can practice and cultivate these personality traits, thank goodness, and it even gets easier over time.

These four principles helped me develop my courage:

1. TURN EVERY OBSTACLE INTO AN ASSET

Nelson Mandela in his teens, heard a tribal elder say, “These are our young men. They are our future. But the truth is they are second-class citizens…they will always be boys.” Mandela made a decision to change South Africa upon hearing this. And his decision changed the world.

2. PREDICT YOUR FUTURE BY CREATING IT

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The fearless are busy creating their future. They visualize their future and invent their way into it.

3. DO THINGS THAT OTHERS DON’T

Taking unconventional paths requires taking risks for a greater reward (financial or otherwise). It takes courage to act differently than others might. Fearless people tend not to dwell on things, but are decisive—the unknown shouldn’t paralyze you.

4. EMBRACE FAILURE

University of California, Davis professor Dean Keith Simonton explains that creative geniuses, from Mozart to Darwin, are prolific when it comes to failure—they just don’t let their fear stop them. Failure is part of the process for these types. Creative people simply do more experiments, so they have more chances to be successful.