Courage Before Confidence

Apr 23, 2020

In today’s world, it is thought that you need to have confidence in order be successful.  Famous people often portray a high level of confidence.  Social media images reflect perfect lives of people with confidence.  Now, if only you had the confidence these people had.  Your life would be completely transformed.  Because it’s confidence that you need in order to make all your dreams come true right?  Unfortunately, that’s not the case.


If you’re waiting for confidence in order to take action on your goals so that you can live your dream life, you’ll be waiting forever.  No on online program will give you the confidence you need.  Confidence comes after you have the courage to begin.  Only you can create that confidence in yourself.  You must have courage before confidence.  Let’s take a deeper look with an example.


Riding A Bike

Think back to when you were learning how to ride a bike.  You were scared and unsure.  There may have even been tears.  You definitely weren’t confident in your ability to ride a bike the very first time you tried.  You just had the courage to sit on the seat, grab the handles, and try to peddle a few feet.  Your confidence was built over time as you practiced and got better at riding a bike.  The truth is, you can’t be confident in something you’ve never done before.  But, you can have the courage to try.



Courage is being willing to do something you’ve never done before.  It’s saying yes to doing something even if you’re afraid.  Courage is when you don’t know what you’re doing but you do it anyway.  It’s taking action even when you’re unsure of the result.  Courage is just being willing to begin.  It’s having the courage to give it your best shot.  Courage is acting even when you’re not always confident of the outcome.



Confidence is when you’ve done this before.  You know exactly what you’re doing.  You’re confident in your ability to complete the task at hand.  Confidence is gained through experience by taking action.  Confidence happens after you have the courage to do the things you’re afraid of doing.  You don’t need confidence.  You just need the courage to get started.


How To Build Confidence

Courage pushes you out of your comfort zone.  Courage has you take risks even when you’re not sure how it’s going to turn out.  But, you try it anyway.  This is how confidence is built.  It’s done through trial and error to see what works.  Each time you build up your confidence that you survived.  It’s proof that you didn’t die!  The bottom line is, you need the courage to try in order to get the experience that gives you confidence.



Having courage doesn’t mean you stop being scared.  You must learn to lean into courage even when you’re uncertain of the outcome.  Don’t rob yourself of the opportunity to start because you don’t feel confident.  Get out of your head and quiet the inner voice that’s giving you all the reasons why you can’t do something.  Be courageous and start taking action today.  Remember that confidence comes later.  Confidence is built over time.  Have courage before confidence.  How can you be courageous today?


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