Welcome to Being More Brave

Coaching | Consultancy | Facilitation

Are there times you wish you were more? More expert, more confident, maybe more sure of yourself, your skills and your vision for life? So often we feel we are not enough.

heart-700141_1920There are many times when I’ve known those feelings.

The situations have varied – maybe being hesitant expressing my opinion in a discussion with more senior colleagues, mostly being afraid that people would find out that I just wasn’t as good or as knowledgeable as they thought I was…

Sometimes I’ve been shaking at the thought of giving an important presentation or struggling because I didn’t know which decision was for the best… For me asking for part-time working to create the time and space for caring responsibilities was one such “big decision”. Another was leaving employment to set up my own business.

It can feel so scary to stand up and be seen, to own ourselves fully, to step out, to take that chance… Yet you’d probably be surprised how common it is to feel insecure, maybe like an imposter, a fraud, as if you’re pretending to be something or someone that you’re not – or at least you’re not yet… There are many times when I wished I could be just a little bit more brave.

The good news is that there is a better way. Growth and change do require courage and sometimes you need to learn new skills. Often you need to unlearn old fears, fears that have kept you safe yet, at the same time, kept you small.

Because I believe that each and every one of us has the potential to be more, I am committed to growth and empowerment, for me and for you.

I believe we are both unique and yet have much in common. We can learn from each other, can celebrate our victories and comfort each other in times of trial. But this only means anything if we are prepared to show up, to be seen, to engage with our life as ourselves.

Inspired by the work of Dr Brené Brown I’m working on being more brave and hopefully, you’ll want to come along on this journey too.

In her book, Daring Greatly, Brené highlights a quote from a Theodore Roosevelt speech:
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.”

Would you like the courage to show up and be seen in the arena of your life?

How about overcoming that feeling of being an imposter and stepping up as the person you truly are. Would you like to learn the skills to engage fully while being true to yourself and the things you hold dear? Would you like to learn what those things are and what they mean?

I offer a range of workshops and one to one coaching packages to support people who want to be more, to learn the skills, to live their values while engaging fully in work, in life and in love.

As Mary Oliver said, “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”.

If you’ve read any of Brené Brown’s work or seen the TED.com videos you’ll know that it’s not going to be a smooth ride. I (we) will fall, I will get my butt kicked (possibly literally as well as metaphorically!) but I need to be in the arena daring greatly and, that for me means being more brave.

Where do you need to show up and be more brave?