Be More Courageous: A Review of Brave by Margie Warrell

By Margie Warrell

Do you have trouble finding the courage to reach your goals? Do you find it difficult to break past your comfort zone and attempt new things? Do you find yourself respecting the opinions of others more than you do your own opinions? Simply want to be more courageous?

If so, check out the book Brave: 50 Everyday Acts of Courage to Thrive in Work, Love and Life.

In Brave, Margie Warrell discusses 50 acts that can help us be courageous. Warrell divides these acts into five parts. Live Purposely covers the foundation for living a braver life. Speak Bravely encourages brave, honest communication. Work Passionately includes advice on how to love what you do, take more risks and become more open to new learning (and unlearning) opportunities. Dig Deep explains how to use circumstances, weakness and emotions as growing opportunities. Dare Boldly helps you understand your biases and break past them.

Here are five points that resonated with me.

 

How to be More Courageous

The more often you act bravely, the more muscles you grow your ‘muscles for life

Many people spend their lives cowering in the corner because of what other people have said or will say. Often, it doesn’t matter if it isn’t true. We sometimes care more about the opinion of a vocal minority, than we do of our own opinions. So, we may avoid living the life we want.

Warrell explains that when we take action, even when you’re afraid and have doubts, we become stronger, potentially unlocking talents that we didn’t know we had.

By asking yourself what’s the worst thing you fear may happen and then sitting in the place of it happening, you come to know that even if it did happen – which is unlikely – it wouldn’t kill you. Rather you’d reveal yourself to you.

We all need to keep this in mind. Stepping out of your comfort zone is rarely fatal. Confront your fears and you’ll uncover the true you.

You relinquish your power to people every time you let their opinions dictate your actions.

If you’re trying to lose weight or changing your personality, for instance, to cater to others, you lose a tiny piece of yourself. You slowly begin to lean on their influence more than valuing your own power. Nothing is wrong with seeking outside help or comments, but outside approval is not a necessity.

Emotions are highly contagious, so when someone is acting small-minded or petulant, mean or just outright rude, resist the temptation to respond in kind.

This quote was part of her Seven Keys to a Courageous Conversation. But this point helps us be courageous while having conversations and during simple day-to-day interactions. All of us have dealt with rude cashiers or rude customers who have challenged our ability to keep cool. Take the high road. Emotional contagion is a real phenomenon. And it spreads to us and beyond us. So be careful.

Check out this article titled Is There an Antidote for Emotional Contagion? for more information about emotional contagion and keeping it in check.

If you want to live bravely, you have to stop making excuses for your life and start owning your choices.
Need to be more courageous in your life? Check out Margie Warrell's Book: Brave: 50 Everyday Acts of Courage to Thrive in Work, Love and Life

When you living bravely, you act more courageously. Many excuses are used as a shelter, as a way to hide from the world. When we throw away excuses like I’m too old, I’m not athletic or it’s just not meant to be, we are forced to forge ahead and figure out a way to make it works for us.

Brave is a quick and inspirational read. It can serve as a reminder and primer for a more courageous life. Keep this book on your nightstand or in the top of your eBook reading list.

Overall, I recommend this book if you:

  • Have trouble standing up for yourself or for others.
  • Have trouble communicating your truth or feel uncomfortable in your skin.
  • Need consistent reminders on how to act more bravely. After all, to be courageous,  you have to cultivate it every day.

To read more information about Margie, check out her website at margiewarrell.com. She also writes regularly for Forbes.com.