Do you see yourself as a brave person?
When Courage is defined as “the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc. without fear.” Honestly, I think courage is demonstrated best when we are fearful and still do it in spite of being afraid. Don’t you agree?
Each day, we engage in acts of courage, whether we realize it or not. Things like engaging with someone new, admitting when you are wrong, asking for help, reaching out when you would rather withdraw, listening to difficult feedback, being of service to others when you are the one in need, and even making time to boldly step back to give yourself a break matters greatly. And it doesn’t stop there. There is no small act of courage. We all have a story inside of us about the courage we’ve shown in the face of fear, adversity, health issues, relational worries, career frustrations, and other life struggles. Recognizing your bravery, no matter how big or insignificant the situation may seem to you, is empowering and builds your confidence. One day, the story of how you overcame what you are going through now will become part of someone else’s survival guide.
What’s the most courageous thing you’ve done?
Brene’ Brown, a champion of courage, offers 5 great ways we can live courageously each day.
- Ask for what you need (you have not because you ask not)
- Speak truth (stop hiding behind a mask)
- Own your story (vulnerability is the bravest thing you’ll ever do)
- Set boundaries (decide what’s ok and what’s not ok for you)
- Reach out for support (let others help you)
As we transition to a new season this month, let’s be brave together! May we continue to have the courage to embrace vulnerability, own our stories, and love ourselves throughout that process. A fresh start awaits, if we need it. 🙂
In this with you,