Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.
That was a big theme in the conversation I had yesterday with one of my brave coaching clients.
There are numerous things you could do… today, this week, this lifetime.
But that doesn’t mean you should.
Now there are some things you absolutely should do. And, there are likely a whole lot more things you shouldn’t do.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about saying yes. Saying yes to opportunities, yes to things that scare you, and yes to life. It takes a brave person to say yes, especially when it’s something that’s going to make you uncomfortable. And, it also takes a brave person to say no.
And when there is something you could do, but know you shouldn’t do, it requires you to dig a little deeper and be a little braver, speak a little louder and stand a little taller, and say NO.
I’ve been thinking a lot recently about what it means to be brave.
Having just been to Africa with an incredible group of women to spend time volunteering with the Dare Women’s Foundation, and then a week climbing Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, I have to say these 12 ladies were absolutely displaying what it means to be brave. (Read more about our epic night to the Summit HERE!)
But you don’t have to go to Africa, or even go any further than your front door for that matter, in order to be brave.
I’m pretty sure there are lots of areas in your life where you are braver than you give yourself credit for. I also bet your bottom dollar there are areas in your life where you could be braver.
Today, I’m more interested in the latter.
Could you be braver in your work? In your relationships? In your commitments?
Where have you been playing small, and where could you be playing a little bigger, a little braver, this week?
Here are some ideas:
- Get in touch with that person you’ve been avoiding
- Have that difficult conversation you don’t want to have
- Apply for a position or an opportunity you might not get
- Tell that person you find them cute
- Start that thing even if you don’t feel ready
- Say yes to something that scares you
- Say no to something that you could do, but know you shouldn’t do
When was the last time you got your brave on? Perhaps it’s time to get your big girl pants on, and your big girl brave face on.
And if you’re looking for some inspiration, check out my friend Jana Stanfield’s song, ‘If I Were Brave.’
Cheers to you getting your brave on this week!
And then tell me how it went! I want to hear from you in the comments below.
Have a FAB, brave-filled week!