Confidence and bravery, how do they match up or compare? What exactly is confidence, is it the same as bravery? I think confidence is a product of bravery, a trait that develops and takes root in the soil of a brave person. How does that happen? Not as easy to explain to those who lack confidence, however, every one of us at some point in life has faced fear. Fear of change, fear of loss, fear of making a mistake and fear of the unknown are all types of fears we as humans have to face, eventually. Bravery is the willingness to face fear.
Facing Your Fears
While some people face fear unexpectedly, others face fear willingly. Why would a person willingly face fear? Many people willingly face fear out of necessity for others or for personal gain, while others may be unexpectedly thrown into situations where they had to face their fears. Starting a new job can be intimidating, so can going out to meet new people and trying to start a conversation with a person that you are attracted to; however any time you do something new there will be a little fear of the unknown that you will have to face.
Are some people more naturally confident than others? Yes, although by practicing facing your fears can help you tremendously to become more confident. Some people are just naturally more confident than others, and that’s ok. The truth is simple to understand, when you exercise bravery you become less fearful and it is at those times when confidence begins to take root.
Being brave, by making it a habit to face your fears to overcome them, eventually produces confidence. Fear of starting a new job, taking time to start a new friendship, learning to play a musical instrument or even making efforts to find a mate can be scary. However, by being brave and facing our fears out of a necessity for love, or too help benefit others can give us confidence. What encouraging words would you say to a person who is afraid to strike up a dating or romantic conversation? “Nothing ventured is nothing gained.”
Anything is possible if you put your mind to it, but without practice and effort, which may take personal acts of bravery, you can’t expect to get what you want out of life. Getting to know someone new is like climbing a mountain, it takes time to get to the top, and sometimes it can get scary when we slip and fall along the way. However, if you don’t surrender to your fears of meeting new people and exercise bravery when striking up a romantic conversation, then confidence is sure to develop, and that’s an attractive quality in a person.
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