Are You Brave?
Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave. - Mary Tyler Moore Tweet
Being brave isn’t the absence of fear. Being brave is having that fear but finding a way through it. - Bear Grylls. Tweet
I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death. - Leonardo da Vinci Tweet
You’ll never do a whole lot unless you’re brave enough to try. - Dolly Parton Tweet
‘Brave’ is very specific and extremely personal. It can’t be judged by people on the outside. Just can’t. Sometimes brave means letting everyone else think you’re a coward. Sometimes brave is letting everyone else down but yourself. - Glennon Doyle Melton Tweet
Those are five quotes about being brave and bravery – from five very different people – and I love them all for different reasons
Give Yourself Credit for Being Brave
But what I really want to know is…ARE YOU BRAVE?
Too often, we don’t give ourselves credit for our bravery. We dismiss the choices we make or the actions we take as just what we should do.
But often, it’s not the case.
Often you are making brave decisions. Doing brave things. Overcoming your fears. Trying new things.
Yes, you might be making mistakes. And sometimes, your decisions may not work out exactly as you planned.
But you’re still brave.
Choices That Are Brave
I’ve made lots of choices in my life, that at the time, I didn’t consider brave. They were choices I just knew I needed to make.
From choosing a career as a trader to trying in vitro fertilization to having my beautiful children to taking on a leadership role to becoming a leadership and confidence coach – these are all choices I made.
And yes, now that I reflect on them – they were brave.
Risks & Self Doubt
These choices came with lots of risks.
They came with heartbreak and heartache.
I suffered self-doubt.
But I also experienced success.
I felt pride.
I beamed with happiness.
And that made it sooooo worth it to take that chance to be brave.
This week I want you to reflect on the times that you were brave – and think about all that being brave has given you.
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And if you’re struggling to be brave at the moment, then think about this:
Fear is natural.
Only you are responsible for what you want to happen.
Know that mistakes or failures can occur.
It’s important to share your journey with others.
You may have to challenge the naysayers.
A mantra or motto can help you build your confidence.
Big and little goals can help you get where you want to be.
The only thing limiting you is you.
Perseverance is essential.
Are You Ready to Be Brave?
So are you ready to be brave? Are you ready to ask for that raise? Or seek that promotion? Maybe find a new career or start your own business?
Whatever it is that you want….you can achieve it! Just be brave!