20 Seconds of Courage
"Fear is an illusion.
An illusion can only exist in the absence of reality.
Once reality takes over the illusion dissipates.
Fear mostly comes in anticipation of an experience, not in the experience itself."
We've all been there. You have to have a tough conversation with someone and the fear eats you alive. You have a job interview and the nerves overcome your mind. You have a new client and your anxiety gets the best of you. We have all been there, way too often. It is easy to allow your mind and emotions to take over. I do it all the time, until I calm my mind down and take a few deep breathes to bring me back to earth. Darren Hardy the author of the book The Compound Effect speaks on the courage of 20 seconds. If you want to do something, all you need is 20 seconds of courage. Let's think about that. Let's say you want to ask someone out over a text message but you're nervous for their response. They can say yes or they can say no, and it isn't even in person. You don't have much to lose. All it takes is 20 seconds to type out that message and send it. 20 seconds of courage, to go after what you want and then you can go back to normal. We can all do nearly anything for 20 seconds. You have held planks longer than 20 seconds.
Next time you find yourself in a position where you feel like you "cant" use this method of 20 seconds of courage. Take a deep breathe, give yourself those 20 seconds and boom, its over with. What a weight off your shoulders that will be.
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