It’s a good quality. Who doesn’t want to be brave? I know I do—if for no other reason that the opposite is not very appealing. Bravery is something you need to be able to access in your life. God exhorts us to be brave, to not be afraid, to be courageous.
What does it mean to be brave? What does it take? How can you be brave during those times when you really just don’t feel very brave? How can you find “brave” when you need it and it seems to be in such short supply?
Being brave means being bold. It’s a willingness to take the risk because you know it’s the right thing to do, regardless of what the outcome might be. You b
ring your whole self to the situation. Granted, sometimes the bold, brave thing is a very small step, but the act of TAKING it is bold.
REFLECT & REMEMBER
To increase your “brave” for the next time, you must reflect on things that have happened in the past. Genuinely assess what went well, what didn’t and why. Remembering earlier times of when you were brave can give you a boost of confidence.
AWARE & ARMED
When you’re brave you are aware—of the fear you’re experiencing, your strengths, and your blind spots. This awareness causes you to arm yourself. I don’t mean with an actual weapon here so much as arming yourself with the correct attitude, mindset and thoughts.
VALUE & VOICE
When you’re brave you know you add value and you bring what you have to offer, from the deepest depth of your soul, to the circumstances. You stand up and speak up with your own voice because you know you have a message that’s worth sharing. You also recognize the value that others bring.
When you’re brave you encourage others to be brave, too. Have you ever been more courageous about doing something hard because someone else believed in you? Sometimes all it takes is encouragement for you to exercise that “brave” muscle and give you what you need to take the next brave step, even if it’s just a small one. (Small steps require bravery, too.)
If being brave means bringing your true self to a situation, being able and willing to look back so that you can look forward; if being brave means that you are aware of yourself and the value that you bring; then, won’t you be extra brave today and encourage someone else to do the something BRAVE?