Have you ever looked back and wished you’d been braver? I certainly have. It’s one of the many reasons I do what I do because I know how very easy it is to let our fear and doubt call the shots – in our relationships, in our work, in our lives. Fear of messing up, missing out or making a fool of ourselves – it’s wired into our psychological DNA from birth!
It’s why acting with courage is so indispensable for living a truly meaningful and deeply rewarding life. What does that mean? It means embracing discomfort and consciously choosing to risk falling short or losing pride, approval or short-term pleasure for the sake of something more important.
Like your long-term happiness!
Like not risking the greater danger of one day looking back and wondering “What if I’d tried?” Research shows that the number one regret of the dying is that they lived too safe and risked too little, living the life others wanted them to live but not the one they wanted for themselves.
Of course, if it were easy to live a big brave life more people would be but here’s the deal: While no one is born with an immunity to fear, every single person (you included!) has the ability to rise above it.
If it were easy to be brave, more people would be. Courage is a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it gets. Start with small steps outside your comfort zone. Repeat daily.
Courage is therefore not an attribute endowed by the lucky. It’s a learned behavior, a skill. And like all skills, it can be strengthened and mastered with practice.Just like building your muscles at the gym, you can build your bravery in your life simply by committing to train the brave. Daily.
Why not kick start your new living brave life by taking the plunge and joining Margie Warrell for a Women’s Weekend in Batam.
Margie says “My Live Brave Women’s Weekend is all about YOU!“
“It’s about giving yourself timeout to identify the ‘blind spots’ holding you back from creating a life you truly love and creating a game plan to do what it takes to make that your reality.
There’ll be lots of talking: some of it by me, some of it by you, and lots of it together. You’re going to laugh. A lot. (You may cry. A little.) You’re also going to get really present to all that you’ve learned up to now and the exciting possibilities that still await.
I don’t have all the answers. But I’ve learnt that when you stop still long enough (not easy for many women!), you discover that you know a lot more than you think! Like what you need to say no to, what you need to say yes to, what you need to let go of and what you must confront about the price you’ve been paying for holding on to ‘stories’ that no longer serve you (if they ever did).
All of which will take courage. And I know a thing or two about that!”