internetmedicaljournal.blogspot.com http://internetmedicaljournal.blogspot.com/2012/04/top-10- courage-builders.html?pfstyle=wpTop 10 Courage BuildersWant to increase and strengthen your courage? These top 10 courage building exercises can help.#1: Listen to music."When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliesttimes, and to the latest." - Henry David ThoreauMusic helps balance your inner rhythm with your outward actions. Listen to music specificallydesigned to uplift and strengthen the spirit.#2: Speak your mind gracefully"Moral cowardice that keeps us from speaking our minds is as dangerous to this country asirresponsible talk. The right way is not always the popular and easy way. Standing for right when itis unpopular is a true test of moral character." - Margaret Chase Smith"Grace under pressure." - Hemingways response when asked to define having guts.When a wrong exists, someone must speak up against it. This may be difficult, but by overcomingthe difficulty you build up your courage. The most effective speech is when you are considerate ofothers while clearly stating your case.#3: Be Hopeful."If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage tobe, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all. And so today I still have a dream." - MartinLuther King Jr.#4: Develop Good Habits"Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch youractions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; itbecomes your destiny". - Anonymous#5: MeditationMeditation clarifies our thoughts and strengthens our resolve. It increases our resolve and focus.Regular meditation also helps the physical body repair and regulate itself. Most people meditatethrough prayer although there are many, many different ways to meditate. One good way is bypracticing the relaxation response as explained in detail by Herbert Benson and Miriam Klipper.#6: Take bold actionOvercome fear by doing those things you know to be just and right. Courage is action over fear.Stand up for your beliefs and take action.#7: ExerciseIn Toughness Training for Life, James E. Loehr recommends regular situps to build up a core oftoughness. Everyone can do some form of exercise. Give it your all and watch your courage grow.#8: Eat rightMaximize your physical potential by eating right. This means for many people a diet full ofvegetables, fruits, and grains while light on the red meat. When great courage is needed, you will beready.#9: StudyCourageous action is smart action. Adopt a respect for education, including math and science.Become as well educated in your line of work as you can be. This will make you more effective, andwhen your courage is called upon, you will act in an efficient and effective manner.#10: Be generousGive of yourself in a cheerful and uplifting way. Consistently think of nice and thoughtful things youcan do for others. Make a difference in peoples lives through your generosity.Author(s) take full responsibility for the content of their article, including originality, copyrights, andcompliance with all relevant Internet laws and guidelines. Articles are not edited for content by theInternet Medical Journal.