Welcome to Being More Brave

Be Brave, written on a chalk board

Are there times you wish you were more?

More expert, more confident, more sure of yourself and your vision for yourself and your life?

There are many times when I’ve known those feelings.

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. Growth requires courage.

For some people this growth comes through reading, learning, participation in workshops. At times we use the energy of one-to-one coaching conversations to shape our onward journey.

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 speech that Theodore Roosevelt gave in 1910:

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.”

If you’ve read any of Brené’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?

My arena, where I need to show up and be seen, is life: in living, in loving, in work and in my caring for my family. It is so important for me to share my vision that we can each be more if only we have the courage to be fully ourselves…

Another quotation that is important to me is this from John Henry Newman:

“God knows me and calls me by my name…
God has created me to do some definite service;
He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another.
I have my mission — I never may know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next.
I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons.”

And so I journey. Not fully sure of my purpose but confident that I have one. Not knowing my destination but knowing the journey will be worth it. Step by step, day by day, being more brave…