“Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.” ~Brené Brown
It takes courage to step out from behind all of our masks and personas and roles that we use to keep ourselves hidden, but on the other side is so much relief from being able to be who we really are.
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“I decided that the most subversive, revolutionary thing I could do was to show up for my life and not be ashamed.” ~Anne Lamott
How often do you fully show up for you life without any shame or hiding? It’s harder to do than it sounds, which is precisely why it is so subversive and revolutionary when we do it!
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“Ignoring your intuition and denying what you know in your gut is self betrayal.” ~Maryam Hasnaa
In a culture that undervalues intuition and non-rational sources of knowledge, we all have learned to discount that knowing. I’m all too often guilty of it myself. Time has taught me that ignoring that knowing always winds up being a place of self betrayal and regret.
What knowing are you ignoring or denying right now? What would it take to stop betraying yourself and act on that knowing?
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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~Mark Twain
As we head into a new year, it can be tempting to focus on how we will try to better conform to who others think we should be or to better squeeze ourselves into a “safe,” confined life. What if you were to dream larger and aim for becoming a bigger, more outrageous, more authentic version of yourself instead? What would that look like for you?
One of the most courageous things you can do is identify yourself, know who you are, what you believe in and where you want to go. ~Sheila Murray Bethel
It’s so easy to float through life without answering these questions or taking a stand for them. Do you clearly know who you are, what you believe in, and where you want to go? What steps are you taking to live those realities out loud?