Looking back, I think I have spent a lot of my life in fear and have acted out of fear. Though in some ways this is also contradictory because, over the years, my faith in the Universe and my belief that everything happens in my best interest, has become stronger. Yet in many ways, fear does course through my veins and sometimes prevents me from making the right choice and take action. So B for Bravery, not only to further strengthen my confidence in a Higher Purpose but also for me to be more aware of when I let fear rule me and how to override that habitual pattern of responding to it, which is generally inaction and indecision.

I am using the word “bravery” synonymous to “courage” though there are nuances. From a spiritual perspective it means “to take a step forward into an area of difficulty without a solution in mind, but yet feeling that victory is ahead. It is going empty handed, but knowing that God’s hand is stretched out to pull you.”

It is definitely not an absence of fear because I believe everyone is afraid to a greater or lesser degree: it is about rising above your fear and facing difficulties or even minor obstacles despite fear. It is also not a brash boldness without thought but exercising a conscious choice.

Fear is immobilizing and can stop you from embracing new opportunities.

“The fears we don’t face become our limits” Robin Sharma

It feeds on inaction and leads to indecision and growth is only possible if one is willing to face the fear and rise above it by moving out and expanding one’s comfort zone. Underlying all our fears is a lack of trust in ourselves. So it is actually an opportunity to develop that trust in one’s ability to handle whatever comes one’s way and the conviction that everything happens for a purpose, thus creating the right energetic environment in which miracles can manifest.

I also believe that what a lot of people fear the most is change. I have written about change being the only constant in a previous blog and how in the book Who moved my Cheese?the character Haw who is not willing to move out of his secure and familiar maze and venture into the unknown, gets left behind whereas his friends find new pastures. One has to recognize that:

“Whatever you face will become the wings with which to fly.”

So that the more you expand your comfort zone the more powerful you become.

Recognize also that pushing through fear is actually less frightening than actually being in a state of fear all the time which results in a sense of helplessness. Change or making a big shift may be scary but know what’s even scarier?…Regret! And yet another mind-blowing thought: the fear will never go away as long as you continue to grow.

So the title of Susan Jeffers book on fear: Feel the Fear…and Do it Anyway says it all. Guess Nike got it right too... Just do it.


29 thoughts on “Bravery

  1. Great post! Faith in God does make it possible to overcome fear because if the decisions you make are for the right reasons, God blesses you with the grace to accept the outcome. But, it is important to remember God doesn’t always allow the outcome you desire, but it is always the outcome that is best for you. Time always proves that out. Keep pushing through your fear if only one step at a time and trust that God has your back.

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  2. I think “Fear” is inborn specially when you are young, teenage years cos you “fear” from making yr own decisions, n not doing according to the demands of yr elders, so as not to get scolded or punished. Later in yr teens, one is fearful cos of lack of finance n everything that goes with it n therefore one is afraid to challenge n feel more comfortable to let fear dominate in its place.
    In Adulthood “Fear” comes into play partly cos it has become part of yrself and most imp it is cos one does NOT like to “FAIL” in anything one does n therefore again Fear sets in. All successful people, I think, without exception, have said they have learnt more from Failure than Succuss, and therefore, they have succeeded in life, and therefore, THEY DO NOT have Fear in whatever they do.
    I thought I would share this with you and your readers.

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    1. Yes, a lot of the fear we experience manifests over our life. And many times due to expectations and experiences. Fear is experienced by us all and like you mentioned it depends on how we choose to handle it. If we learn from it we can learn to live without fear and succeed.
      Thanks for sharing this.

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  3. I have always battled with fear. Everytime I think about doing something that puts me out there, I cower and pull back because I’m scared people won’t accept it or me rather and all it has done is hold me back. Late last year, around December, I made the decision to not let fear of the unknown stop me anymore and I want to consistently do the things I love and watch myself slowly thrive at it.
    I’m glad I found this post, this just gave my self confidence a boost to keep going and to be “brave”.

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    1. I am so happy to hear that. I think fear is always there but it’s all about how we choose to live our life despite it. I am glad you decided to fight the fear. You’re going in the right direction so keep pushing forward.

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