Try This 4 Internal Motivations To Find Your Way To Be Courageous

One of the virtues everyone needs today is definitely courage. Why do we need it?

Let’s admit that life is no easier than other centuries that passed behind, except in technological advancement. The reality is that humans still struggle with depression, stress, and misery that life brings.

No wonder, there are more than 300 million people today experiencing depression, according to WHO latest data. The economic bubble in the U.S in 2000 which was known as bubble left some with suicide.

This destructive self-behavior is a response toward a considerable pain one can’t handle or deal with.

This is one of the examples that the reality of our world is full of suffering and pain. It is an account of why there are so many practices of yoga growing higher in the western world today than the years before.  

Not only that, history also recorded that most of the invention and change were done by courageous people in their time.

From the invention of the light bulb, the reformation in Martin Luther time’s, a self-driving car, to genetic engineering in our time. These people have gone through challenges and yet they seize the opportunity to make their dreams come true. 

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So what do you think makes the difference between these two groups of people? Yes, it is courage.

And it makes a huge difference in their lives.

In Merriam Webster courage is defined as mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty. Not a few people have found the courage and benefited from it.

What do you think you’d discover if you have some courage in yourself to step out when you feel like you want to give up?


#1 Creativity and Innovation

The inventor of airplane Wright brothers had gone through more than a thousand experiments to create the first plane.

Their courage leads them to creativity after creativity. They could have left the project earlier or giving up but they keep on going.

In the end, they invented one of the most significant transportation humans can develop today. Their courage also leads to innovation of the jet plane for outer space.


#2 Peace of Mind

Courage could give one calmness in the midst of hardship. It is an anchor for life.

Viktor Frankl, a survivor of the Nazi camp concentration, had persevered and endured such grave oppression because of the courage to live. It gave him peace of mind, a sense of calmness during the persecution in the camp.

Today, his story of courage has motivated many people to be brave in life. 

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#3 Experience

Chris Gardner in his early life had faced financial difficulties, being homeless while he had to struggle raising his son.

The moment which turned Gardner’s life completely was when he met a man who was in a red Ferrari and asked him his job. This man explained his job as a stockbroker.

Gardner’s courage took him to a new experience in his career and it made him become a famous American businessman, investor, motivational speaker, and philanthropist today. His life’s journey is filmed in a famous movie the Pursuit of Happyness. And he owns a Ferrari.


#4 Confidence

Do you ever experienced a failure in your job and losing your confidence to try again? Probably you have applied to several different companies and got rejected. But you know what, you are not alone.

If you take a look at the story of M.J aka Michael Jordan, he had failed so many times before really become a professional basketball player.

The failure he experienced adds him more energy and motivation to practice more and become the best. It is the courage that takes him that far.


If you are tempted to be or are discouraged right now, take a few moments to reflect what your life can be if you decided to be brave.


4 Internal Motivations

Now, here are 4 internal motivations you could apply in order to be courageous.


#1 Honesty

Try to always be true to yourself and tell the truth. Instead of covering your weakness or mistake you made, you can admit and confess it. It leads to courage.

Why is this important? When you practice confessing the truth to yourself, it won’t be hard to do it to other people.  


#2 Humility

It is the quality of surrendering one’s will and control in life.

There are moments in life where you feel pain and hurt because somebody isn’t treating you right or when you feel down when your idea is rejected by your boss or when you are disappointed because you can’t close a deal with your customer.

Being humble can mean letting yourself feel those emotions (sad, insecure or down even fear) instead of protecting yourself from them. By this, you could transform those emotions into courage.

It means you accept and admit the emotion that hurts and makes you scared instead of denying it.     


#3 Purpose

Knowing what you want to accomplish gives you the courage to keep moving forward.

You could still be afraid to launch your food product because of the competitors. But with a clear purpose to serve healthy, balanced nutrition of food, you’d keep on upgrading the quality of your product even if the competition is tough.

Sometimes a lack of courage is a sign that we don’t really understand what we are aiming at.

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#4 Desire

It is a burning passion for something you really love in life. What is the object of your desire? If it’s something external such as having a house or being promoted for the higher position of a company, then it won’t last long after you’ve got it.

But if it is a desire to improve your skills or give the best quality service for your company, or having good ethics as staff at your workplace then those other things which are external will follow.

In other words, your desire determines how much courage you’ll get.        


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#1 Face What you Fear

In business, the risk is an element that exists whether it is big or small. Successful entrepreneurs are those who are willing to take a risk.

Just read the story of Bill Gates who took a risk to stop attending Harvard in his early years in there to pursue his passion. Or Michael Jordan who failed many times but weren’t afraid of trying again.

Risk contains some unknown things.

Regardless of this fact, they faced the fear of the unknown and be more courageous than before. If somehow you wind up in failure, learn to accept it, find out why you failed then try again.


#2 Take a Step Outside of Your Comfort Zone

Giving a reward for your best customer which you never did before, learning a new language or subject that you don’t like, or involving in a community which is different from your background could be an opportunity to develop your courage and maybe your unknown skills.

All these things require you to leave your comfort area and step out into what’s completely new for you.


#3 Don’t Compare and Be Grateful

It is a human’s tendency to compare. In some cases, it often leads to negative outcomes such as self-pitying and violence or anarchism.

Learn to be grateful for what you have instead of comparing your shortcomings with other people’s strengths.

Being content means that you admit your weakness and ready to learn which leads to courage.

So, do you think which part you need to learn more in order to be courageous?



Each person has a gift of courage. The matter is how to find it. You can use the 3 motivations above to help you find the courage and be brave.

From its root, the word courage means heart.

Brene Brown, a storyteller researcher on her famous book The Gift of Imperfection wrote that ‘courage originally meant “to speak one’s mind by telling all one’s heart” I think we have lost touch with the idea that speaking openly and honestly about who we are, about what we’re feeling, and about our experiences (good and bad), is the definition of courage’.


If you are struggling right now with finding courage, hopefully, this article can help at least in understanding better your internal motivations which prevent you from being courageous.

Don’t forget to share your experience by leaving your comment below or share this information with friends or relatives who need this.

And be courageous!



  • Callum Davies. October 3rd, 2019. Why You Should Use These 3 Types of Internal Motivation to Achieve Everything You’ve Ever Wanted. –
  • Brene Brown. May 9th, 2018. Courage and Power from Pain: An Interview with Viola Davis. –
  • Admin. May 28th, 2012. 8 Ways to be More Courageous. –


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