If you have some business goals you want to achieve or even some personal aspirations that to achieve will help you live a better lifestyle…
Then you’re going to have to learn how to be brave!
Because achieving your goals will probably require you having to do some things that for whatever reason, will make you feel anxious & afraid…
But don’t worry…
by the end of this post, you’re going to feel inspired to choose courage over comfort so you can move forward & smash your goals!!
Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone
Your comfort zone is a nice and, well… comfortable & safe place to be!
Of course, you love being in your comfort zone & it feels like the easiest thing to do.
But here’s the thing…
Your dreams & goals lie outside of this cozy little space!
So, if you want to reach for your dreams & finally start achieving everything you know you deserve then you’re going to have to be brave & venture out of your comfort zone as soon as possible.
Fear Is Good
You don’t have to stop feeling afraid to be courageous… the two aren’t mutually exclusive.
In fact, if you think about it… courage couldn’t exist without fear.
So, it’s not about avoiding fear & hoping it goes away… it’s about learning how to approach & deal with fear no matter what!
It’s about being brave & being open to new challenges!
So what does it take to start being brave?
Let’s find out with these 8 top ways you can begin facing your fears!
Let’s do it…
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How To Be Brave ~ 8 Proven Ways To Boost Your Confidence!
#1 Be Vulnerable
Firstly, & arguably the biggest point of all is vulnerability!
When you’re vulnerable, you feel emotionally exposed & uncertain.
However, it’s in this feeling space where you can learn so much about yourself.
When you allow yourself to be vulnerable, you are willing to put yourself out there in the face of uncertainty.
This TED Talk by Brene Brown on vulnerability is incredible & well worth a watch if you want to learn how & why we should allow ourselves to be vulnerable…
#2 Stop Striving For Perfectionism
If you’ve been on Instagram lately, you’re not going to believe this but…
No one is perfect!
Many of us hold back even trying to achieve our goals because of so many reasons that all fall under perfectionism like…
- the time isn’t right
- the house isn’t tidy enough
- the weather isn’t perfect
- I don’t have the right equipment
- I’m not good enough
- I don’t know if I’ve made the right decision
- I’m not as good as somebody else
- Everyone will laugh at me
It’s time to stop worrying about what people think of you & to stop striving for perfection!
Instead… you need to begin striving for excellence, empathy & self-compassion!
This means doing the best that you can with what you have.
It means acting with your heart in the right place & offering yourself the compassion that you won’t ever be perfect & neither will anyone else & that’s ok!
You see, done is better than perfect, right?
#3 Analysis Paralysis
This one kinda goes hand in hand with perfectionism…
It’s so easy to get sucked into a comparison game with others & you end up feeling that even trying to achieve your goals is pointless.
In fact, You may even feel shame for having a dream in the first place!
Stop looking around at what everyone else is doing & focus only on what you’re doing!
Tell yourself through affirmations every day that ‘you are enough & you are worthy’
This quote by Tim Hiller says it all…
“Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle, or your middle to someone else’s end. Don’t compare the start of your second quarter of life to someone else’s third quarter.”
#4 Know Your Value
What do you do well? What are your strengths?
If you can’t think of any for yourself, ask someone who is close to you what they feel your strengths are!
It can be anything from maths to talking to people… no matter how small you feel they are, they’re strengths!! So write them down.
Once you know what your strengths are you need to focus on them… a lot!
Pay them enough attention & practice them as much as you can so you fill up your time with what you do well…
Because this leaves less room for you to focus on your weaknesses & you’ll feel a ton better about yourself too!
#5 Let Down Your Defences
It’s natural to feel defensive at times.
After all, it’s how you’ve learned to protect yourself from dangerous & uncomfortable situations from a very early age.
You feel vulnerable & your defenses come up to help you self protect & cope with the situation you’re fearful of!
But living your life without those defenses would immediately open up your life to a wealth of exciting opportunities & new experiences.
You’ll be able to approach new people without the fear of rejection or feeling inferior and you’ll be happy to tell people exactly what you’re thinking without the fear of an awkward conversation or feeling uncomfortable.
Well, it may take a little practice, but to get started with being less defensive you need to be more curious instead!
So, Instead of arguing & defending your stance, keep an open mind and ask the other person more questions about why they feel the way they do… strive for empathy!
When faced with a room full of new people allow yourself to feel vulnerable & ask questions.
After all, people love to talk about themselves & when you’re open & curious about them, you’ll find that you don’t need to feel defensive.
#6 Take Some Breaths
Taking deep breaths when you begin to feel anxious will help you to feel calm & grounded.
While taking your deep breaths repeat affirmations in your head or aloud that build your confidence & reassure you of your strength & courage.
Some examples of empowering affirmations include:
- I can do this
- I’m safe to step out of my comfort zone
- I am strong & able
- There are no struggles I can’t overcome
- I am ready to take the next step
- Challenges will help me grow
- I am fearless
- Everything will be ok
Practicing bravery every day is a great way to start being brave… even if you feel like a fraud at first!
It makes sense because the more you do something, the better you’ll get at doing it.
Eventually, being brave will become a natural & consistent part of your life.
So you might be thinking…
‘but Andie, I don’t want to be brave every day... I just want my fears to go away’
…but it’s important to remember that even people you see as successful & fearless are facing their fears every day! Their fears are still there, but they know how to deal with them & they don’t allow those fears to stop them from achieving all their dreams!
You don’t have to do anything that causes you a ton of distress right off the bat… just take little baby steps out of your comfort zone and you’ll keep progressing forward.
#8 Act Fast
When you think about something that makes you feel anxious just do it… and fast!
Because hanging around & over thinking it will allow your fears & anxiety to grow to huge levels and soon enough you’ll talk yourself out of it!
The incredible Mel Robbins has a video for helping you interrupt your negative thought patterns using her 5 Second Rule and it works like magic… you can take a look at her book here & give her video a watch here…
18 Ways To Be Brave Right Now
Now you know how to breathe, how to interrupt your negative thought patterns & how essential it is for growth to get out of your comfort zone, let’s look at some ideas of how you can be more courageous today…
- Accept yourself where you are
- Say No to something that you don’t want to do
- Stand up for yourself
- Let someone know how you feel
- Take a risk that might leave you in the wrong
- Try something new
- Follow your instincts
- Decide to learn a new skill like playing an instrument or taking a course
- Feel fear & try to stay in it for longer than usual
- Take a photo of yourself
- Stand up for someone who needs help
- Start something you’ve been putting off
- When someone offers you something, say yes!
- Wear what makes you happy… regardless of what others think
- Call a friend & strive to listen more & be empathic
- Look in the mirror & say your affirmations
- Ask someone what they think your strengths are
- Allow yourself guilt-free self-care time
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