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At my core, I am a fearful person. Though I have always admired bravery and viewed it as one of the most attractive traits a person can have, I would never have described myself as brave. Resilient, yes. Brave, no.
So I made it my focus to learn about what bravery looks like to me and the ways that fearfulness has hindered me from opportunity. With bravery as my focus word, I’ve set out on a personal growth journey that has led me to scuba diving classes and to a new career. Following my own path to courageous living has taken my life for a spin.
So without further ado, let’s talk about bravery.
What does bravery look like?
When you think of someone who is brave, who do you think? My mind wanders to police officers or people in the military: people who lay down their lives for others. People who risk it all. But is that really achievable bravery? Is that the only way someone can be brave by being heroes?
The answer: No. Bravery is not the absence of fear. Bravery is not summed up by the amount of heroic actions you do. Bravery is not always saving the day and looking badass while doing it.Bravery means choosing to do the right thing, even when it is absolutely terrifying to do so. Click To Tweet
Bravery is allowing yourself to go for your big, scary dreams even though it makes your stomach flip just thinking about it.
So ask yourself this: who is the bravest person I know and why? We’ll go back to this question in the worksheet later.
What is fear?
Since we’ve established that bravery is not the absence of fear, it’s important that we also look at what fear is. For Bravery Bootcamp, we are going to be using two different types of fear: physical and psychological.
When someone asks what you are afraid of, you usually think of sharks, snakes, or spiders. A physical or external fear is one that is usually sensationalized from movies and television. So basically, if you go to a beach and refuse to put your toes in the water because of this overwhelming sensation that Jaws II will swim to the shoreline and drag into the watery deeps, you’re experiencing a physical fear.
Physical fears are completely normal, often times humorous and can be instinctual. It’s okay to have a fear of wild animals because they can absolutely be dangerous!
Just as they sound, psychological fears deal with our own personal worth and path. Psychological fears include fear of failure, loneliness, success, and happiness. These fears tended to be rooted in life experiences and are very personal to each of us.
I have found with both my research on fear and my personal experience that psychological fears require much reflection and professional help if they continue to seriously interfere with your life. With one of the biggest psychological fears being of failure, it holds so many of us back from trying new things or going after our goals.
Your Worksheet + Assignment
It’s hard to learn about bravery and fear through the experiences of someone else. So get out your pen and notebook because it’s worksheet time!
The worksheet has you identify several of your fears and determine if they’re psychological or physical and asks you important questions about what bravery looks like in your own life. Each person has different circumstance where they hope that they can be braver in.
This initial assignment is the first out four total worksheets. Each one will get more complex but I highly suggest taking the time to complete this one as it will be referenced in the future.
If you have any questions about this worksheet or would like to receive feedback on your completed worksheet, you are welcome to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Alright my courageous ladies, I am so happy to have you as a part of Bravey Bootcamp!
Let’s do this.
Disclaimer: Bravery Bootcamp is meant to assist you in developing positive skills to help you deal with your fear but it is NOT meant to replace professional guidance, therapy or help. Please consider seeking help if you are struggling.