How to Become More Courageous and Confident

I’d like to share this with you. It’s part of an email I received from one of my wonderful Qigong clients:

“…and then high Qigong came into my life, I knew I was changing for the better. I was getting bolder and growing in confidence. Casting out old fears and most importantly opening my heart. So finally I had the courage to ask her out.

I was amazed to discover that she had been longing for me to do that for months. I was pushing at an open door. That was about a month ago and we now have a superb, loving relationship.”

I see this type of transformation in my Qigong students all the time, but it never grows old. I tell you, I love my job. It’s the best in the world.

Imagine how good it feels to know that what you share with the world brings so many wonderful benefits to so many people?

No, you’re not even close… it feels W–A–Y better than that =)

Anyhow, that’s not why I’m sharing this with you. If you look closer at this email you’ll see some very interesting lessons in it.

1) Jon (not his real name) credits his increase in confidence and courage to the practice of PERFECT Qigong. But is that even possible?

Sure, you already know that Qigong is a powerful tool for:

  • Restoring, maintaining and enhancing health.
  • Increasing energy levels.
  • Promoting a new found zest for life.
  • Mental clarity.
  • Spiritual cultivation.

But how can Qigong boost confidence? Surely that’s taking things too far?


The Chinese word for ‘courage’ is Da Dan which literally translates as:

Being Courage/Big Gall Bladder

Qigong and Courage

In other words, courage and confidence are linked to gall bladder health and functioning. Any Qigong exercise known for having a bias towards working specifically on the gall bladder can result in increased courage and confidence.

In my book Shaolin Chi Kung – 18 Exercises To Help You Live A Longer, Healthier and Happier life you’ll find two such forms:

  1. Plucking Stars Change Galaxies – on page 61
  2. Reverse Hands Bend Waist – on page 81

If you haven’t already got a copy of Shaolin Chi Kung, you can download it here:

So if you feel a lack of courage or confidence is holding you back from asking out the love of your life, from asking for a pay rise or promotion or simply standing up and being counted.

If you feel your life will benefit from a boost to your confidence then you now know how best to proceed.

The door is open, waiting for you. But you have to push it and step through, I can’t do that bit for you. As much as I would dearly like to.

Which leads very nicely into the second interesting lesson I’d like to bring to your attention.

2) Jon writes:

“I was pushing at an open door.”

Wooo man, that’s some heavy duty stuff right there.

I reckon I could write a book on that one sentence alone. But I’ll keep it brief here.

Will you do me a favour?

Well, it’s more a favour to yourself than it is for me.

Let me explain:

I’d like you to consider how many appearing impenetrable ‘doors’ there are in your life. Maybe connected to:

  • Your health.
  • Your wealth.
  • Your relationships.
  • Your work.

And so on.

And then I’d ask you to contemplate how many of them are just waiting for you to have the courage to push at them and discover they were never locked at all?

And I’d love it if you’ll tell me what you find =)

I’d like to leave you with this quote by Nelson Mandela:

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.
The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”


Enjoy your practice.

Kindest regards


P.S. If you haven’t already got a copy of my book Shaolin Chi Kung – 18 Exercises to Help You Live A Longer, Healthier and Happier Life it’s available for immediate download here:

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