Change always comes bearing gifts. Price Pritchett
Are you brave and why is this relevant?
Everyday we face possibility and opportunity and intuitively make decisions. These choices balance risk and reward. Some stimulate fear and anxiety. While others require courage and determination. Although not consciously aware, many of these decisions revolve around our attitude toward change and the uncertainty it generates. Do we bravely embrace opportunity or do we fearfully anticipate upheaval.
This is not to say fear is an entirely negative emotion, especially if there is some real danger. Although, fearlessness may be essential in a movie hero’s performance, in real life caution is generally the safest behavior. That’s why skydivers have a backup parachute.
But bravery is more about everyday living than feats of heroism and courage. These could include being assertive; letting go of the past; forgiving someone; becoming an Entrepreneur; making a presentation, starting a new job; meeting new people; saying no; attending a networking meeting; talking to a teenager; standing up for what you believe in; apologizing; being a parent; facing an illness and ignoring the negative to focus on the positive.
“When the winds of change blow... some people build walls and others build windmills.“ Chinese Proverb
When you choose bravery you are pushing back against fear. You are expanding your comfort zone rather than keeping it small. You are facing life with courage, choosing self-esteem and self-confidence over self-doubt. You are improving awareness, knowledge and experience to increase self-assurance. You choose growth and learning to live a more accomplished and a more fulfilled life.
Life is about change. It is about awareness and response. It is about courage and adaptation. It is about bravely seeking the best path and managing our fear positively.
Bravery is how we adapt to change and improve the quality of our lives.