I see a lot of quotes on Facebook and, like you, you’ll see the same ones coming round again and again and again. Eventually, like anything you are repeatedly exposed to, they lose their power and become diluted, a bit like a smoker who doesn’t get the ‘hit‘ anymore.
That’s why when I see a new one, something I’ve not seen before, it can get me excited.
This morning I heard a quote from Game of Thrones. I’ve not read the books or watched the series but I might now! The quote was one character asking his father “can a man still be brave if he’s afraid?” and his father says “that is the only time a man can be brave”. Epic!
So many people run from fear thinking that it’s something they should never feel. They look at people doing amazing things and believe, mistakenly, that the person doing it isn’t afraid or, because they have courage, that they don’t feel the fear.
That’s not how it works!
Bravery, courage, resolve, tenacity, being unstoppable is only important when you are faced with the things that scare you. When your comfortable there is no need to be brave, when you’re ‘out there‘ further than you’ve been before, that’s when you need to show your bottle.
There are countless tales of athletes, performers, politicians, speakers, entertainers, trainers, teachers, gurus feeling nervous just before they deliver. But the fact is, they deliver.
When you are next faced with something that scares you whether that be speaking in public, standing up for yourself, complaining about something, doing something crazy and new, i want you to take a really good look inside. It’s at that moment you get to prove how brave you are. It is in there, all you need to do is do it.
Feel the fear. Use it as fuel.
I’m lucky enough to see to happen all the time. Many people reading this will know exactly what I’m talking about (remember its a surprise!). I’ve seen many people want to walk away when their moment comes. They tell me they can’t do it, they’re not ‘brave’ enough. But they are.
And so are you.
In the moments of fear, you prove to yourself how strong you are. Fear can be fuel when you use it in the right way.
Now I’m away to buy a box set! Be brave…