How to Be Brave: 20 More Bold Acts that Count

by Tess

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Do you see yourself as the bold and courageous person that you are? Do you give yourself credit for the times in the past when you’ve been afraid and you’ve taken action anyway?

I want you to begin to notice just how brave you are. Become aware of the everyday courageous acts that you participate in but don’t give yourself credit for. I’ll bet you could reflect on this past year and come up with numerous bold moments and bold actions. 

Bold action doesn’t need to be epic. You don’t need to climb mountains, run for president, travel around the world trip or learn 3 languages. Those things are amazing but there’s more to life than fun, adventure and completing big goals.

When you become aware of how many times you overcome small fears it leads to moving through bigger fears. Eventually you’ll not only see yourself as a strong and brave person, you’ll grow beyond what you once thought was impossible.

Each bold act counts:  

  • When you invest your time in a cause that you believe in.

  • When you make amends to someone you love.

  • When you empower yourself by keeping promises. 

  • When you walk away from an argument.

It takes a bold person to act with integrity when everyone else seems to be breaking the rules. Remember these small acts take courage and confidence. You have done them a million times.

It’s time to own your firepower, commitment and boldness. Give yourself credit. Honor and celebrate who you are and what you have done thus far.

I'm sure you have gotten through some difficult times and events. I'm sure you have done wonderful things for others. I’m sure there been countless times when you wanted to quit but didn’t.

These things make you brave. They make you old! 

Use the following ways to build your courage muscles and become stronger. 

1. Stop complaining. Rethink your problems. Most of our issues are only minor inconveniences that we exaggerate.

2. Change. If you don’t like something change it. Problems that are ignored continue to grow. Take one small step.

3. Don’t judge. Recognize your projections. Your issues are never about someone else. If you spot it, you got it.

4. Motivate yourself. My exercise routine has been slipping. I decided to shake things up and run longer distances. I’m entering races again.

5. Hire professional help. Life is too short to stay stuck. Reach out for help. We’re here to do great things. There is no time to waste. Hire a therapist. Call a coach.

6. Rewrite your stories. Let the past go. Let your fear go. Create a positive story about your future. Make it exciting and beautiful.

7. Laugh at your fear. Shrink it in your mind. Tell it you’ll get back to it the second Tuesday of next week. Proceed forward.

8. Let go of suffering. Don’t take things personally. What other people do is about them. How you react is about you.

9. Make a choice to be kind and loving. Be patient. Learn to listen. Compliment others. Make deliberate, loving choices. 

10. Keep your promises. Write down what you promise others. Keep your word.

11. Converse face-to-face. Forget email, texting, or calling. Relationships are so much richer when you spend physical time together. Hugs, kisses, touch…all priceless.

12. Get over yourself. Learn to apologize. When you’re wrong, admit it. Let go of the need to be right.

13. Be a generous. Leave big tips. Pay for the person standing in line behind you. Begin today, especially if you think you don't have enough. 

14. Give yourself permission to fail. Learn from what went wrong and regroup. Do more research. Keep trying. Most people give up to quickly.

15. Go the extra mile. It’s an excellent way to stand out from the crowd.

16. Uplift others when they are down. Be compassionate.  Take a walk in somebody else's shoes.

17. Express yourself. Risk rejection. Say "I love you” and “I appreciate you,” more often.

18. Create a morning routine. Pray, meditate, journal and exercise. Find what fits for you. This one thing will change your mood, attitude and life over time. That’s big.

19. Give up the blame game. You are where you are, doing what you’re doing because of your past choices. You feel what you feel and have what you have because of your choices.

20. Give up the pity pot. Life isn’t fair and everyone experiences tragedy and difficulties. Everyone has lessons to learn and changes to make. Don't complain. Do something about your problems. Learn to live with a grateful heart. You’re blessed.

I see you. I see your potential. I see your beauty and light. I appreciate the bold and courageous actions you take every day. I believe in you. Thank you for being part of The Bold Life community. Have a great week!

You can leave your thoughts in the comment section if you wish. 

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    Tess Marshall

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    { 15 comments… read them below or add one }

    Sebastian October 13, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    My best days are the ones in which I wake up, clean my room, prepare my tea and meditate for 30 more minutes. I’ll also visualize the perfect day for a 5 minutes or so.


    Tess October 14, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    That’s an awesome routine. Thanks for sharing with us. I appreciate your support and what you add to the world!


    Sandra Pawula October 13, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    This is so important, Tess! To remember all our small bold steps – that will truly encourage us. I like this so much as it’s easier to relate than epic acts of bold.
    Sandra Pawula´s last post…Experiment to Get Out of Your Ruts


    Tess October 14, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    For me it’s my ego that wants to do epic things. I don’t thing epic things are wrong. Certainly not. It’s just we do so much good and bold that we never give ourselves credit for. The more small bold steps we take the bolder we become and that may lead to something epic. xo


    David Stevens October 14, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Hi Tess,
    ”Express Yourself” ….. You and I are definitely on the same wavelength with this one

    Be good to yourself
    David Stevens´s last post…5 Success Benchmarks for Mid Lifers [in my own words]


    Tess October 14, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Hey David,
    Thanks for your input. I like being on the same page with you;)


    Cathy Taughinbaugh October 14, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Love your list, Tess. Creating a morning routine is what I’m working on now. It definitely makes a difference! Take care and thanks for the great post!
    Cathy Taughinbaugh´s last post…How to Detach When You Love Your Kids


    Tess October 14, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    My morning routine never fails me. Never. You’ll discover the same.


    Jessica October 15, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Love this! Some of these take incredible courage!


    Tess October 15, 2013 at 11:08 am

    You are so right! But we don’t give ourselves credit for them when we do them. So pat yourself on the back and celebrate as you do.


    Angela Artemis|Powered by Intuition October 15, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Great post!
    How the heck do you do it? Just when I think I’ve gone BOLD – you show me 20 more ways to be bolder. I’m going for the bold!
    Thank you dear friend.
    Angela Artemis|Powered by Intuition´s last post…Intuition, Destiny and the Call to Return Home


    Susan Gregg October 15, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Tess what a great list of things to do. I remember many years ago when someone told me to give up the pity party. I was furious, “Who did she think she was!” I did and life has never been the same since. There are times I get all revved up to climb up on the pity pot and usually I laugh and get on with doing something that works instead.

    Thanks for all you do
    Susan Gregg´s last post…Episode 104: Living Through Disaster


    Elle October 15, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Great post Tess – love your steps towards greater courage.
    Elle´s last post…3 Reasons Why Life Isn’t Working Out For You And Why That’s Not So Bad


    Pangeline Edwards October 17, 2013 at 5:04 am

    Thank you Tess. One can never get enough action steps for becoming courageous. Great post.


    Larry Hochman October 17, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    There is absolutely NO getting around the fact that days that start with altering the conscious mind (meditation, prayer, etc) are better, stronger happier days. I love this list, Tess. :)
    Larry Hochman´s last post…Affirmations: Do They Work? (Part One)


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