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Monday, August 15, 2011

Be Brave!

As a child do you remember feeling fear when you took your first step? Not only do I doubt that you remember the occasion, but I also doubt you felt fear. Because the look on children's faces when they do it, is one of excitement, daring, courage, and joy. Perhaps a bit of trepidation and wonder if it will really work, but all the other feelings are in there as well.

As we grow older and as we hear so many messages over and over again about being careful, many of us lose that erstwhile courage and excitement.

I'd like you to think about that again.
  • Since when have doubts been ruling your decisions?
  • Since when has fear about risk been ruling your decisions?
  • Since when has worry about ridicule been ruling your decisions?
  • Since when has concern about failure been ruling your decisions?
Think of that one-year-old just barely taking the first step ever. Was he stopped in his tracks by doubt? (I'd wager if he was thinking about anything at all, it was: all of them do it, so I can too!) Was she pulled back by fear of risk? (I'd wager she had zero images of herself falling or hurting herself). Was he waylaid by worry about ridicule? (I'd wager he loved the laughter and clapping that greeted that first attempt!) Was she concerned about failure? (I'd wager she was only imagining herself on two legs, imagining herself doing it as perfectly as all those others about her that already knew how to do it).

This is what we need to do when we feel fear, doubt, worry and concern of failure cloud our vision. Our goals will never come to fruition if we hold back for those reasons. Obviously I am not suggesting you step to the edge of a precipice and jump off in the assumption that a miracle will keep you flying in the air. But I am suggesting that doing your due diligence is enough.  Go after your dreams, visions and goals and do not be deterred by fear. The secure threshold of your comfort zone is partially responsible for those fears. Find someone who has walked in similar paths. Look to them. Analyze which part of their path you can also follow until you must, eventually, hew your own. So be brave. Be bold.

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.
Henry David Thoreau

Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
via W. H. Murray in The Scottish Himalaya Expedition

For more about the topic of comfort zones, courage and inner peace, see my book Rewiring the Soul: Finding the Possible Self, now available as a paperback and e-book for Kindle and Kindle applications

Book Description:

Ask anyone, whatever their circumstances, if their life is vibrant, fulfilling, harmonious and happy. An honest reply is likely to be 'no', because to answer a truthful 'yes' is no mean feat. Only to grow psychologically and emotionally is not enough. And only to grow spiritually is not enough either. All three dimensions need to be developed in order to realize your full potential. If you are willing to assume total responsibility for the self and to start what is an on-going journey, you will quickly begin to glimpse the first fruits of the ultimate goal: inner well-being, freedom, peace, harmony and joy. This book sets out the pathway to self-mastery and self-discovery and walking that pathway will be the most exciting adventure of your life.


  1. This is such an uplifting post. It really highlights the influence that our mental framework has in directing our actions. Love the image you used of a toddler -- perhaps it's time to navigate life more like a child.
    We share a common perspective -- just wrote on our blog about the role of "radical hope" - would love to have your perspective, too.

  2. Thanks, Elizabeth, I'll take a look over there now!