Courage is the willingness to confront life challenges with bravery and confidence. Life challenges are in seemingly endless supply – and for most, public speaking is tops among them. When we examine deeply entrenched and unchallenged speaking anxiety we see it has some very negative consequences. It keeps us from some inalienable human capacities and leaves us with the following:[clear]
- Loss of our ability to effectively communicate
- Loss of our ability to persuade
- Loss of our ability to lead
Mastering the skill of public speaking helps us master these inherently powerful human communication capacities. We no longer have fear or anxiety when dealing with speaking, presenting or leading. We can hold our own and communicate with confidence and power.
Courage to Speak
Think about it. You deserve to master this skill and have it serve your goals and needs. Public speaking yields much in the form of benefits in career and life. I’ll be the first to ask you to explore moving beyond any blockage or limitation you may currently have to find out these benefits for yourself. Let not fear or anxiety hold you back from anything! This brings to mind a favorite quote I have on this subject:
You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.
Give this a try. I am confident that you will learn that you have more courage and personal power then you ever imagined. Just like a muscle, exercise it and it will grow stronger and stronger. In essence, it’s all about creating positive habits. How we think and act can be framed by them, so we should choose wisely. The positive habit of courage can lead us to overcome life’s many obstacles. Start today! Wishing you speaking success!