20 Seconds of Insane Courage

20 Seconds of Insane Courage

Shoshana Judelman mentioned during her weekly Parsha class that she’d heard this quote while watching a movie with her kids, and that it had changed her life.
So I tried it out, and it’s true. It’s against my nature to be assertive, to take risks or to place myself in uncomfortable situations. But it’s not a problem for me to gather up 20 seconds of insane courage.
And since then, 20 seconds of insane courage has enabled me to do a lot of things I wouldn’t have been able to do before.
I wrote a firm letter to a business that’s been giving me the runaround for over a year. And thanks to a 20-second “If I don’t see results by the end of the month, I demand a refund” letter, they are finally running around to give me what they’d promised.
20 seconds of insane courage enabled me to pick up the phone rather than send another unanswered email to a an office that wasn’t getting back to me.
20 seconds of insane courage enabled me to push for a quicker response from a doctor, and I got it.
Those 20-seconds of courage are so empowering because they fool my inner scaredy-cat into thinking: Don’t worry, You’re not doing anything scary! You’re just being insanely courageous for 20 seconds!”
But learning about 20-seconds of insane courage has shown me that even the most pitifully scared scaredy cat has claws.


  1. definitely going to try

  2. Debra Alvo

    I just love this 🧠 idea.
    It’s just 20 seconds of empowerment!!

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