Why You Need to be BRAVE

Bravery means different things to different people.


For some it’s a big as stepping on-stage in front of thousands, saving lives or working under extreme conditions.  For others, it’s smaller but no less valuable.  Facing phobia’s, dating after a difficult breakup, applying for a new job.

Regardless of how visible your bravery, it’s impossible to deny that the desire to push ourselves out of our comfort zones and go against our instincts is part of what’s driven us forward as a species.

So why has it emerged that just  62 per cent of us consider ourselves to be brave?

Of course, bravery means more as we get older.  It’s less about throwing ourselves into new careers, or off cliffs (although that’s certainly something you can do if you wish), more about breaking old habits, forcing ourselves to remain active and standing staunch in the face of ageism.

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.

Winston Churchill

Karen Crowley for Highland Spring, who are launching a ‘Brave by Nature’ campaign, shared her thoughts:

“In an increasingly busy world, something as simple as getting everything done on a to-do list, or still cycling to work even though it’s raining, can be seen as acts of bravery and leave them feeling like they have let nothing stand in the way of their day.

“We want to celebrate those who are ‘everyday brave’ and who, despite maybe having to step out of their comfort zone to do so, refuse to let things get in the way of achieving greatness.”

At Beyond Fabulous we support this – for instance Jane starting her TV career in her sixties could be deemed brave.  There’s a lot to be said for comfort and safety we know – but when comfort means being stifled by routine, it’s definitely time for a change.


  1. Speaking up about your boss, a colleague’s or the school rep’s actions
  2. Giving a presentation at work
  3. Going on holiday on your own
  4. Sticking up for someone
  5. Standing up for yourself and your values
  6. Making the first move on a date
  7. Changing careers or retraining
  8. Trying something you’ve never done before i.e. a Zumba class/HIT
  9. Asking for help
  10. Quitting your job
  11. Owning up to a mistake
  12. Going out for a meal on your own
  13. Going into a pub on your own
  14. Disagreeing with your boss or colleague in a meeting
  15. Dating after a divorce or bad breakup
  16. Asking for a pay rise
  17. Voicing your opinion about something you’re passionate about
  18. Going to the cinema on your own
  19. Saying ‘no’ more
  20. Saying I’m sorry
  21. Breaking up with someone
  22. Going travelling
  23. Attending a job interview
  24. Admitting to your mates that you just don’t want to go to something you’re invited to instead of making up an excuse/bailing at the last minute
  25. Not holding in your emotions and letting loose
  26. Asking someone out on a date
  27. Confronting a troll online
  28. Being outspoken about politics
  29. Sending a risky email to the whole company
  30. Asking people to move down on the train
  31. Going to a new exercise class on your own
  32. Saying ‘yes’ more
  33. Asking for feedback
  34. Talking face to face rather than through technology
  35. Letting your child go out on their own for the first time
  36. Letting people go through the photos in your phone
  37. Getting a makeover or changing your look
  38. Flashing your lights at another car which has just pulled out on you
  39. Adding someone (as a friend) on social media after you’ve met
  40. Starting a new hobby from scratch
  41. Becoming more than friends
  42. Going out without makeup
  43. Starting the conversation first once you’ve got a match on a dating app
  44. Volunteering to help out with school events/trips
  45. Leaving your car with no parking ticket to do something quickly
  46. Wearing Lycra in public
  47. Swiping right on a dating app
  48. Not putting a filter on a selfie
  49. Crossing the road when the red man is showing
  50. Taking a sick day for a reason other than sickness

Want to try something new but struggling to find it in yourself?  The website ‘Skills You Need’ advises you start small.  Ask yourself the following:

  • What am I afraid of? Is it the right thing to be afraid of? Should I be this afraid of it – or rationally, should I be less or more afraid?
  • What harm can this thing actually do to me or others?
  • What are the things that could happen as a result of my actions and/or inactions?
  • What is the worst that could happen has a result of my actions and/or inactions?
  • What are the risks to me and to others?

If you’re still struggling, try a hypnosis download on your phone – Mindifi is great for supporting various issues.

Take the quiz to find out how ‘everyday brave’ you are at www.bravebynature.uk

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