One Brave Thing
What would you do, if you had the courage to do it?
You have goals, aspirations and dreams. You want to learn new skills, grow your talent, start a business, branch out, advance in your career, make more friends, do more for God.
You have ways you want to grow. You want to be stronger, more authentic, more loving, and build other positive character qualities. You want to be a better spouse, parent, employee, disciple, friend.
You really do want to be more of who you are.
But you’re afraid of falling short. You’re afraid of looking foolish, or what people will think. Plus, working on this would take you way outside of your comfort zone. It’s easier to keep on doing what you’re doing, and settle for the status quo.
So today, I’m going to give you the best gift a coach can give: the gift of being brave.
I’m challenging you to do at least one brave thing this week. I know many of us have deep seated fears and anxieties. I’m not going to deal with those. But all of us can be more courageous, and fight more for who we want to be.
Here are some hacks that will help you. A few of them require a place to write.
Set an intention. Write down what you’d like to do. Pray about it every day.
Write down the steps involved in that action. Brainstorm.
Write down the main obstacle to doing that action. Pray about it. Decide how much truth there is to it. Work on finding a way to deal with it.
Write down the kind of person you want to be, when it comes to having courage.
Picture where you’ll be if you never try to change, versus where you could be if you try. Is it worth the effort?
Lean into your fear. Sometimes, the more you avoid a thing, the worse your fear about it is.
Take a teeny baby step. Sometimes the hardest thing is to face the action you want to take and get started.
Tell yourself, “No excuses!” You’re going to try and wiggle out of doing it. Be stern with yourself, and stick to your guns.
Have grace on yourself. You’re not going to do it perfectly. You may even mess up. Successful people fail, but keep on trying.
Arm yourself with powerful verses like Joshua 1:1-9, I Peter 3:6, Hebrews 10:38-39.
Take someone with you. Or have them keep you accountable. It’s easier to be brave when you’re not alone.
You don’t want to be ruled by fear or the desire for comfort. Because you are awesome! I know it. And it’s time for more of that awesomeness to come out.
"It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed." Theodore Roosevelt.