Sometimes the biggest act of courage is a small one. ~Lauren Raffo
Bravery isn't only about heroic acts in unusual situations. It can also be as simple as the risk of trying something new. Here are 50 ideas to get you started.
Allow yourself to feel what you’re feeling.
Let go of people who continually let you down.
Look at yourself in the mirror with kindness.
Tell someone you love him/her.
Preach what’s in your heart.
Write your own story.
Share your thoughts.
Share your opinions.
Don't wear make up.
Risk being wrong.
Try something for the first time.
Trust your instincts.
Put pen to paper.
Sing a song.
Play the ukulele.
Try Roller Derby.
(bravery doesn’t always feel good)
Make a mistake.
Follow your heart.
Say, “I don’t know.”
Ask for help.
Share your vulnerabilty.
Face your problems.
Let the past be the past.
Allow yourself to be in a photo.
Take a picture of yourself.
Trust your ideas, even the crazy ones.
Stand up for someone who is being picked on.
Leave an abusive relationship.
Say goodbye to your gremlins.
Be your own beloved.
Stand up against any kind of prejudice.
Say no to the things you don't want.
Say yes to the things you want.
Wear something ridiculous just because you like it.
Be the first person to reach out after a conflict.
Give a stranger a flower.
Ask someone how they are, and really listen.
Let go of your need to control everything.
Embrace your weirdness.
Don’t react to criticism.
Give someone a hug.
Give yourself a hug.
Say kind things to yourself.
Let go of being busy all the time.
Be open to changing courses.
Remember, bravery is not the absence of fear.
Watch this Brave lyric video by Sara Bareilles. It's so good!
What about you? How have you been brave today?
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