“Excellence
 comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts,
 temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts.” -
Aristotle

Courage
 is a muscle. Just as you wouldn’t go into the gym for the first time and
 lift a 100-pound dumb bell – you don’t have to begin building courage by 
running for President.

People often think that 
courage has to be big. Like sky-diving. Or giving a speech to a stadium.  Those
 things do require courage, yes. But in some ways, that’s baby courage.  
It’s obvious courage. I call it Bungee-Jumping Courage.

Bungee-Jumping 
Courage is convenient because it lets us define ourselves as “not
courageous.”  When you set the stakes that high, then you never have to
 approach it. You simply get to say, “Hmm, I must not have courage.”

I’m 
not letting you get off that easy.

Why?

Because there’s a deeper level of courage. It makes you strong. It makes you fall in love with yourself. It makes you fall in love with
 your life.

At its core, courage is about strengthening your relationship
with yourself.

Here are 52 ways -
little and big – to build your courage. Some of them seem completely
 foolish. But they’re not. They’re just uncomfortable. And that’s the
whole point! Success in life is directly related to how uncomfortable 
you’re willing get. Now, get uncomfortable and go be courageous!

————–

1 
- Paint your nails green. (Guys get extra credit for this one!)
2
 – Begin to live your life as an “experiment.”
3 -
 If you’re always spontaneous, plan something in advance and stick with
it. If you’re a meticulous planner, do something spontaneous.
4 
- Quit your job.
5 – Start a blog.
6 -
 Take a drawing class.
7 – Learn a new language.
8 – Begin
yoga.
9 – Do something tourist-y in your own town.
10 -
Get up in the morning after having a bad day yesterday. Encourage
 yourself to begin again.
11 – Give money away.
12
 – Look into people’s eyes when you’re in public – on the street, buying
groceries, etc.
13 – Hire someone to do a regular task you can’t
stand doing. (i.e., mowing the lawn.)
14 – Play 
music more. Watch TV less.
15 – Get rid of everything in your
home that’s not an Absolute Yes.
16 – Put on a
goofy smile and look at other drivers when you stop at lights.
17 
- Go vegan.
18 – If you never host parties or dinners – invite
friends over for dinner.
19 – Teach a workshop.
20 – Start 
a mastermind group.
21 – Be bad at 
something. Do it anyway.
22 – Make requests. Don’t complain.
23 
- Join a writer’s group.
24 – Hire a life coach.
25
 – In social situations, allow people to talk with you instead of
running around the room “networking.”
26 – Worry less. Act more.
27
 – Enter a writing contest.
28 – Start your
own business.
29 – Ask someone out on a date.
30 – Make a business
 card for yourself.
31 – Eat at an ethnic
restaurant you’ve never considered.
32 – Respond. Don’t react.
33
- Get some music from another culture. Sit down and really 
listen.
34 – Listen more. Talk less.  Especially to your kids.
35 – Take a swing dance
class.
36 – Hire a physical trainer.
37
 – Start a book club.
38 – Test-drive a luxury car.
39 
- End a relationship that drains you or hurts you.
40 
- Pray.
41 – Quit smoking.
42 – Take different routes to
work each day.
43 – Drive around and get lost on purpose.
44
- Wake up at 5am and write.
45 – Assumptions are the enemy of
success. Question them often.
46 – Excuses are the enemy of
action. Stop making them.
47 – Admit when you are wrong.
48
- Write a fan letter to someone who’s not famous – a teacher, a grocery
store clerk – anyone who delights you or touches you.
49 – Pick
one incomplete in your life. (A cluttered garage, for instance.) Tackle
it for 15 minutes a day.
50 – Do an open-mic night.
51 
- Pay the toll of the person behind you.
52 – Run
 for President.

Performer, songwriter, and
creativity consultant Christine Kane publishes her ‘Live Creative’ weekly
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