Need courage? Here are five simple rules for increasing your courage, from the writings of Dale Carnegie, as found in Dale Carnegie’s scrapbook; a treasury of the wisdom of the ages.
Act as if you were courageous. This makes you a bit braver as if one side of yourself had been challenged and wished to show it was not wholly afraid.
Pause to reflect that others have had to face great discouragements and great obstacles and have overcome them. And what others have done, surely you can do.
Remember that your life forces move in a sort of rhythm and that if you feel depressed and without the power to face life you may be at the bottom of the trough; if you will keep up your courage, you will probably swing out of it by the very forces which at the moment are sucking you down.
Remember that you feel more defeated and downcast at night than during the daylight hours. Courage comes with the sun. [Go to bed early, wake up early.]
Courage is the measure of a big soul. Try to measure up.
Dale Carnegie was a writer, lecturer and developer of famous courses in self-improvement, salesmanship, public speaking, and interpersonal skills. He is best known for his book How to Win Friends & Influence People.
Cover image via Annie Spratt.