The Six Attributes of Courage

Quotes and exercises to help you be your best and bravest self

Published on August 23, 2012 by Melanie A. Greenberg, Ph.D. in The Mindful Self-Express
Courage is something that everybody wants — an attribute of good character that makes us worthy of respect. From the Bible to fairy tales; ancient myths to Hollywood movies,our culture is rich with exemplary tales of bravery and self-sacrifice for the greater good. From the cowardly lion in The Wizard of Oz who finds the courage to face the witch, to David battling Goliath in the Bible, to Star Wars and Harry Potter, children are raised on a dietof heroic and inspirational tales.

Yet courage is not just physical bravery. History books tell colorful tales of social activists, such as Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela, who chose to speak out against injustice at great personal risk. Entrepreneurs such as Steve Jobs and Walt Disney, who took financial risks to follow their dreams and innovate are like modern-day knights, exemplifying the rewards and public accolades that courage can bring. There are different types of courage, ranging from physical  strength and endurance to mental stamina and innovation. The below quotes (access whole piece by clicking here) demonstrate six different ways in which we define courage.Which are most relevant to you? In the last section, i present an exercise to help you define and harness your own courage.

Quotes exemplifying the following definitions of courage:

(1)  Feeling Fear Yet Choosing to Act

(2) Following Your Heart

(4) Standing Up For What Is Right

(5) Expanding Your Horizons; Letting Go of the Familiar

(6) Facing Suffering  With Dignity or Faith

End of article: Courage-Building Exercise

Melanie Greenberg, Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist in Mill Valley, California, and expert on Mindfulness, Positive Psychology, and Mind-Body issues , who has published more than 50 scholarly works. Previously a Professor in a Graduate Psychology Program, she is now a practicing psychologist, executive  and life coach, speaker, and media consultant.

The practice of exercices like this one can benefit from a hypnotic state. Hypnosis can promote relaxation, it can contribute to help us conceptualise our inner world, it can encourage us to spend time with ourselves and it can contribute to help us assimiliate and integrate new thoughts, ideas, desired emotions and behaviours into our subconscious mind.

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About Anna Pons

Certificat (CPPD), Post Graduat Certificat (PGCert) i Post Graduat Diploma (PGD) en Hipnoteràpia Clínica, London College of Clinical Hypnosis (LCCH) i Universitat de West London (UWL)
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