What Will You Do With 20 Seconds of Courage


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Here’s an interesting question for you to ask yourself — is there something you want to do or say that you’ve been holding back on, out of fear?

Most of us answer “yes” to that!

I invite you to watch this video clip — it’s under a minute — and then continue reading.

“You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.” ~ Benjamin Mee (as played by Matt Damon in “We Bought a Zoo”)

Why does it help to tell yourself: you only have to do this for 20 seconds?  Because that’s only one-third of a minute! It takes us more time to read out the instructions than to actually take a calming deep breath and then go have that conversation. Write the email that reaches out a hand of reconciliation. Pick up the phone and call that person you’ve been avoiding. Maybe there’s been a rift in the relationship and it’s been a stalemate, both sides waiting for “someone” to make the first move.

Use your 20 seconds to be the one willing to act from a place of love and forgiveness. I’ve heard a saying that I really like because it reminds us it’s okay to do something even when you are feeling nervous, anxious or fearful:  Courage is just fear that’s said its prayers.

Try it, and let me know how it goes!

to your courage and success,

Evelyn Brooks

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