Twenty seconds of insane courage

Human beings are creatures of inertia. We resist change, and often find it so hard to take a step in a new direction. Thanks to inertia, we all get stuck when trying to start something new. We get scared when wanting to ask an important question, to start a new activity, and sometimes even when trying to switch activities – such as getting off the smartphone and going for a walk, or getting off the sofa and cleaning the house.

In a wonderful movie ‘We Bought A Zoo’, the main character Benjamin Mee offers a simple solution to this way of getting stuck. And all it takes is twenty seconds.

‘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.’

All it takes is taking a deep breath and doing whatever you’re afraid of for twenty seconds. Like asking for a raise, or asking for a date, or signing up to that class you’ve been thinking of trying. Once you get going, it’s amazing how many life-changing actions only take 20 seconds.

Sometimes all you need to do in those twenty seconds is to take the first step. Get up and start cleaning your house, or write the first sentence of that novel you’ve always dreamed of writing. Once you’ve stepped outside that comfort zone and beaten the inertia, the rest will come.

Over to you. What have you been scared of starting? How could you use those twenty seconds?

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