When we thing about courage images of war or breathtaking exploits by firefighters or police officers come to mind. However, being courageous isn’t limited to the battlefield or to life-threatening situations. It is a choice that each of us can make on every day of our life.
Courage isn’t reserved for big things. It is also present in many of the small things which make up our life. It influences our work, our lifestyle, and our body and health.
In fact, I found that people who manage to lose weight and get fit often exhibit great courage. It’s true. Being courageous can help you look HOT. Here are the 6 ways it does so.
1. Being Willing To Try New Things
Because change is so hard to make, it often takes a lot of courage to actually do it. Being willing to try new things can be intimidating and it is often courageous people who do it. Whether it’s being willing to turn your eating habits upside down or to try out new workout routines like kettlebell exercises, crossfit, or a new aerobics class, courageous people are willing to step out of their comfort zone and give new things a try.
Because you may find yourself failing to lose weight a number of time until you finally succeed, being willing to try out new things over and over again without succumbing to the disappointment of failure is a crucial habit for weight loss success.
2. Being Ready to Admit Mistakes
Before change can even begin, you need to be willing to admit that something is wrong right now. Being able to face up to your past mistakes and failings is requires great courage. Having the ability to let those mistakes lie in the past where they belong and to focus on the prospects of a more positive future is also a show of strength.
Many people are unwilling to admit that they have wasted time, energy, or suffered a lapse in their judgement that has made them overweight, out of shape, or even unhealthy. You need to have courage to be able to face up to your mistakes and to start correcting them.
3. Being Willing to Ask For Help
If only we could do all that we want alone, things would be easy. However, when you try to get in shape you often find yourself needing the help and support of other people. It may be a nutritionist to help you avoid making any diet mistakes, or a fitness trainer to create a fat burning workout plan to get your body fit and lean, or the mental support of your family.
Asking for help can be quite scary as it makes it clear that you can’t do everything by yourself, that you’re somehow lacking. Being able to get help from other people is crucial and a courageous person knows this.
4. Exposing Yourself In Your Weakness
I know some people who don’t want to go to the gym because they hate their body and they’re ashamed of how they look. Others won’t go to an aerobic dance class because they have two left feet. It is always scary to start something new and expose yourself in your weakness and inexperience.
Even though you can probably find fun ways to exercise which you enjoy and which don’t make you feel exposed, it is often wise to take yourself outside of your comfort zone and try out things which you are not fully comfortable with. This often leads you to develop new hobbies and activities that you enjoy.
5. Being Willing To Do The Hard Work Necessary
I don’t believe in quick fixes and I know that it takes hard work to lose body fat and get in shape. It takes courage to accept the fact that the road ahead will be hard and not-short as you may want it to be.
Courageous people are willing to do the hard work necessary to achieve results. They set ambitious goals and work hard to accomplish them. For instance, for some people, doing the Bodyweight 500 Workout by Craig Ballantyne may seem crazy, but if you’re dead set on your goals, you will be willing to do “crazy” things like running a 10K jog twice a week, or cycling for 5 hours on the weekend, or doing that workout with 500 reps in it. You overcome the fear that it will be hard and you convince yourself that you will be able to face the challenge and succeed.
6. Being Willing To Risk Failure
Finally, with every new undertaking the fear of failure is enough to stop someone from going after their dreams. This can be a dream body, a dream job, or a dream romantic partner. Failing can hurt. It is definitely not a treat. The worst failure, however, is one of not trying at all. It is also the only way failure is guaranteed.
Courageous people don’t shy away from the prospect of failing. They overcome this fear knowing that it is the only way to achieve their goals. You need to realize that the failures along the way are not important. It is the end result that counts. Nothing else.
You Can Be Courageous
While it seems that some of us are naturally braver than others, it is a trait that you can develop within yourself. The main thing is to condition yourself to think of lack-of-trying as the ultimate failure and to fear your current condition more than any problem you may encounter when trying to improve it. Once you do that, you’re ready to tackle on anything. This is how being courageous helps you look hot.