Fear is important. In fact, when you look at it from a standpoint of evolution — humanity wouldn’t have come this far without it. However, we no longer live in jungles — which means the threat of predators has long been a thing of the past. This entails that many of our basic fears are no longer valid in modern-day society. But yet, it still governs such a large percentage of our lives. For this reason, it’s important to find things that will make you fearless if you want to profess in life.
It’s sad but true. Now, there’s good and bad news when it comes to this.
The bad news is, you can never completely get rid of your fear — it will always be there to some degree. But the good news is you can learn to take action despite it. And as a result, learn how to better control it.
And in this article, I’ll teach you how to do it. Here are 7 unbelievable habits that will make you fearless.
1. Cold Showers
I know what you’re thinking, “a cold shower? No way in hell!” Bear with me for a moment though. There is plenty of scientific evidence out there to support the myriad of health benefits related to cold showers.
But did you know that regular cold showers can enhance your self-confidence; making you bolder and more assertive?
Let’s look at this logically. If you jump in an ice-cold shower first thing in the morning, how do you think that difficult task will affect you for the rest of the day?
Do you think you’ll ever have any trouble dealing with your annoying coworkers? Or your overbearing boss? Or your asshole landlord?
If I were a betting man, I’d put everything on the answer being ‘no’.
A cold shower will make you fearless because of its inherent comfort zone factor. You are doing something incredibly unpleasant and uncomfortable, which while it’s happening — you dread each awful second — but upon jumping out; you’re elated. You feel invigorated.
Try it if you’re up for the challenge. Take daily cold showers for 30 days — you’ll never go back.
2. Martial Arts
Martial arts will make you fearless. Whether you’re interested in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Kickboxing, Karate, Taekwondo, MMA, etc, it doesn’t matter. Martial arts will make you bold, brazen, and ballsy.
It’s much easier to handle aggressors and unexpected challenges when you’ve squared up with someone earlier in the day and got your face smashed in or did some face-smashing.
Consequently, other oppositions that sprout up during your day have a lesser effect on you. It’s like you become unperturbable, in a sense. Issues that normally would have thrown you off-kilter — all of a sudden — become small and trivial.
But besides just self-assuredness, let’s take a look at a few of the other benefits and see how they relate to you becoming fearless. A few advantages associated with martial arts include:
- Enhanced social skills
- Learn self-defense
- Improved mental and physical stamina
- Rigorous full-body workout
- Lose weight and gain muscle
- Stress relief
- Improve confidence and self-esteem
- Better focus
- More discipline
- Character development
Do you see how these benefits can make you fearless in your everyday life? More confidence, a stronger and healthier body, a sharpened and focused mind, knowing how to defend yourself and your loved ones, etc. All of these variables contribute to a braver, bolder, and more courageous version of yourself!
3. Diving In Headfirst
We’re all familiar with the expression, “fortune favors the brave.” How true…
Hesitation will ace your chances in any endeavor. Hesitation stems from self-doubt and uncertainty, as a result, overcoming it means you need more confidence.
And how do you develop confidence?
By diving in headfirst. Be okay with the possibility of failure — take a risk.
Now, I want to be clear, I’m talking about taking a calculated risk. Don’t go throwing your life savings into crypto, thinking that kind of risk will secure your financial future — be smart and use some common sense.
The lesson here is to stop thinking, contemplating, and meditating on what will or won’t happen. Jump into the unknown headfirst and then learn how to swim and make the most out of the difficulties that result from your choice.
This is about taking action. Doing more and thinking less.
Consequently, the more you make this a regular practice in your life, the more confidence you will gain and the more fearless you will become!
4. Talking to Strangers
Many people find talking to strangers to be quite uncomfortable.
And this makes sense. After all, when you put yourself out there socially; you are subject to the judgments, criticisms, and opinions of others.
However, having adequate social skills is a predominant trait of self-confidence and fearlessness. Why? Because more than anything else, interacting with others is one of those intimidating activities most of us have to do virtually every day.
Consequently, if you become comfortable striking up conversations with random people, you’ll be one step closer to fearlessness.
Here are some additional benefits you’ll experience if you make this activity a habit:
- Improved social skills
- Meet new friends
- Learn about people
- Enhance confidence
- Become more charismatic, etc
I think many of us have the belief that people aren’t very nice. And while yes, there certainly are some snakes out there, I’d say it’s a pretty safe bet that — generally speaking — most people are good. Try these tips to get yourself started:
Make it About Them
What’s everybody’s favorite subject? Answer: themselves. When first meeting someone, ask them questions about themselves: what they do for fun; where they grew up; what are their passions, hobbies, interest, etc. Believe me, if you show just a little genuine curiosity in someone, they will absolutely love you. Most people are too preoccupied with their own problems, thoughts, and insecurities that they never think about anybody else — don’t be that guy.
Be a Good Listener
Nothing is more annoying than someone asking you a question, and becoming disengaged when you give them the answer. If you’re going to inquire someone about something — actually LISTEN to what they have to say. Maintain eye contact, nod your head in agreement, and pay attention to them. This will go a long way with the other person as it helps to build rapport.
If you’re going to talk to someone, have a good time while you’re doing it. Bring enthusiasm and excitement to the interaction! Nobody wants to talk to anyone who is dull, drab, and dry.
5. Follow Through
We’re all familiar with the term, “word is bond.” And for good reason, it’s a very virtuous expression. Ensuring that your words and actions are aligned is called integrity.
This kind of congruence is a noble quality that we should all strive to attain.
But did you know that following through on your commitments can also bolster your sense of fearlessness? It’s true.
When you develop the habit of honoring your word and following through — no matter what — there’s a level of internal strength (and self-confidence) that begins to grow.
Consequently, you stop shying away from challenges, you become more goal-oriented, and you develop more faith in yourself and your abilities.
So start keeping your word in all that you do. If you say you’re going to do something; do it. Say what you mean and mean what you say.
6. Intense Exercise
When you exercise, adrenaline levels increase. This, in turn, amps up your heartbeat, resulting in the capillaries within your muscles to unfurl and open up; which bolsters blood circulation to that area by as much as 20 times. Additionally, the ribcage muscles help the diaphragm bring in as much as 15 times more oxygen than when you’re relaxing.
In short, your whole system goes into hyperdrive.
This whole process balances you out emotionally, stabilizes you mentally, and calms and focuses your mind. In other words, it brings you to the present.
And how does that help make you fearless?
If you’re like most people, most of your fears stem from what you think may or may not happen in the future. You get caught in this mental masturbation cycle where you enumerate the same self-defeating thoughts over and over.
And this of course only exasperates your fears rather than quells them.
However, intense exercise brings your mind to where it needs to be: the present moment. After a great workout, your worries subside, your doubts fizzle, and your fears fade away.
7. Leaving Your Comfort Zone
It’s no secret that we humans crave comfort. In fact, one of our core human needs is the need for certainty in life.
We all need to have some sense of safety and soundness.
In this regard, the comfort zone is actually a good thing. It allows us to get away from the world after a long day, recuperate, and recollect our thoughts and emotions. However, too much of anything can be detrimental, hell, even water can kill you if you drink too much of it.
And so it is with the comfort zone.
If you fail to ever step outside of what you’re comfortable with; you’ll never learn, grow, develop, and see what you’re truly capable of.
Is that what you want? A life of you timidly tip-toeing around any challenges? I’m not passing judgment here, if that sounds appealing from your perspective, then hey, all the more power to you.
But seeing as how you’re reading an article about habits that will make you fearless. I’m guessing that’s not the case with you.
Moreover, leaving your comfort zone doesn’t have to be some crazy, life-altering decision. Leaving your comfort zone can be applied to the little things in life such as trying a different restaurant, asking your gym crush out, or even something as innocuous as getting a new hairstyle.
Once you begin leaving your comfort zone in these little and small-scale ways, you will naturally begin upping the ante by doing bigger things to challenge yourself.
Are You Ready to Become Fearless?
Becoming fearless is a matter of stepping into unknown, uncomfortable, or challenging situations to build your tolerance. And that’s essentially what each of these habits is designed to do. So pick one or two and try them out for 30 days to see how they fit your life and lifestyle.
You may be surprised at what you can do and who you can become as a result.