When we are Brave.
There are times in our life when we are fearful and there are times in our life when we overcome our fear and are brave. When we do this, it can be liberating.
You could be fearful about anything. Some people have phobia’s, like me, I’m not so keen on heights. Recently I walked across a very high walkway, where I could see through the metal sheeting. And as much as my body was telling me that I was not safe, I faced my fear, and I did it – I was a hot, sweaty mess, but I did it. I was brave. It was a moment I now share as a treasured memory with my family, who supported me with each step as I grabbed onto the railing as my knuckles turned white!
But it not just the fear of heights and other things, like spiders and a variety of other creepy crawlies that we are fearful of. There are other aspects where we experience fear. Like tough conversations with others. Telling your boss how you genuinely feel about your job. Have the birds and the bees talk with your child. Being honest with a friend about how much they hurt you.
But, what if you didn’t?
What if you were honest? Honest with yourself and honest with others.
What if you chose to be vulnerable? Believed in yourself to take a leap of faith and speak your truth?
What if you embraced your authentic self?
What if you were brave?
What would happen then?
Often, we gloss over the hard areas in life, throw them under the rug and carry on, while we are the ones who are hurting inside.
You might find those tough conversations you thought you could not face, actually turned out OK, and your life is enriched.
Sometimes the lead up to the tough conversations are the hardest, and once we are in the middle of them, they are not always as bad as we expected.
“The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
If something means that much to you, then it is generally worth pursuing the truth. Give yourself permission, to be honest, with love and kindness. This can sometimes be the hardest part. And it is in this moment that you are brave and it is liberating.
You just never know how fulfilling life could be if you were truly brave and asked for the job promotion, told someone you loved them or had the conversation that you just thought you could never do.
I know how hard it can be. I’ve been there too and once I have taken the step and have faced my fears with bravery, the rewards have been inspiring. This could happen for you too.
Take a deep breath, hold onto your own beliefs, and value who you truly are. These will hold you firm as you walk forth courageously and face your fear and lead your best and bravest life. And if next time, you too have to walk across a high wall, hold onto the railing and go for it.
Be Brave. I believe in you.
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