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Brave: 50 Everyday Acts of Courage to Thrive in Work, Love and Life by Margie Warrell

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Introduction

How many times have you kept your mouth shut when there was something you really wanted to say? How often have you held back from doing something for fear of failing or appearing foolish? When did you ‘go along to get along', only to regret it later? Do you sometimes tell yourself that you're not smart enough, strong enough or brave enough to make that change or take that chance?

If you've ever thought to yourself, ‘If I just had the guts', you're not alone.

None of us is immune to fear — of failing, criticism, rejection or being ‘found out' as unworthy in some way. Yet, left unchecked, our fears can confine our lives in countless ways. Which is why living fully is synonymous with living bravely: being willing to back yourself and take a risk, speak your truth and exit your comfort zone to go after what you truly want, change what you don't and honour yourself fully.

PLAYING SAFE AND AVOIDING RISK doesn't MAKE US MORE SECURE, IT MAKES US less SO.

The truth is that living bravely is not easy. If it were, we all would be! There's no magic formula or pain-free, 10-step plan to permanently liberate yourself from fear. The only way to be brave is to act bravely — day in, day out — when times are easy and life feels good and when times are tough and it doesn't. It's why I've written this book: to help you strengthen your muscles for living bravely. Not just because of what you can accomplish when you do, but because of who you will become in the process. Stronger.

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