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Live brave, live bold, live wild. Get off autopilot and step into alignment, mind, body, and soul, so that you can step into your bravest, boldest, wildest life.
Have you ever felt like you were living stuck, like your life was on autopilot and your truest, most authentic self was caged, TAed, or even quieted? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then friend, you’re in the right place. Whether it was the result of disapproval from those around you, life circumstances or traumas, The feeling of not enoughness can run deep holding us back from fully living.
We’re all given one life to live, and it’s so easy to get stuck on autopilot. Living in fear, letting feelings of not enoughness, overwhelm and defeat hold us back from speaking our brave. Join me each week for inspiration, encouragement, and empowerment to holistically step into the life you are created to live.
And speak your brave. I’m your host, Nicole Elizabeth, and I’m so excited you are here. We’re going to have a lot of fun together. Now, let’s go speak brave.
Hi, friends. I’m so glad you’re here. Thank you for showing up for yourself and for those you love. Choosing to live a brave, bold, and wild life not only impacts your life, but it leaves a lasting legacy through those you impact by speaking, you’re brave. Today I wanna share with you how I redefine brave in my own life.
A few years ago, after yet another season of defeat, I felt lost. My world had been turned upside down, and I was paralyzed by fear. But no matter how much I tried to ignore it, I kept hearing Be brave, Nicole, never give up. I was really hoping that the next day I would wake up and have this lion like courage and just feel like I was unstuck, in control and even fulfilled.
What I didn’t realize, Was that no matter how much I told myself to be brave, I was so scared. Fear paralyzed me. Yet again, I knew I had change to make, but what were those changes supposed to be? What did I want out of life? What did it mean to actually live and live a brave life at that instead of that lion like courage I was hoping for?
I was given a question. Did I just want to chase this idea of brave, or did I wanna go out there and live it? I was able to narrow it down to three questions that I wanted to be able to answer at the end of my life. The first question was, did I live brave? Did I live with a spirit of courage or a spirit of fear?
The first thing I had to do was make a mindset shift. I call it the mindset of courage. Courage isn’t just something we wake up with one day. It’s a mindset. We choose to have a mindset. We develop and strengthen. We’re going to be afraid. Fear is a healthy part of this life. Brave isn’t an absence of fear, but a mindset of courage.
Courage says, I see you fear, but I’m choosing to take action anyways, question two. Did I live bold? Did I stand up for truth and love without bounds? Next, I had to take an inventory of my life. What was my truth? Where was I? What was I getting stuck on? Who was I and what was my worth Rooted in self-awareness is a powerful tool.
We don’t like to dig deep into our own hearts and souls because we can be our harshest critic. But the truth is, in order to know our truth, know our deep beliefs, we need to own the rough reality of our lives as well as own our strengths. We will never know this without digging into and defining our truest selves.
Question three, did I live wild? Was I deliberate in my mindsets, habits and actions, making sure that they aligned with my inner most values and truth. This was the action part, full of fear with a new sense of where I was at. I knew I needed to come up with a plan. I had a slight idea where I wanted to go, so I started creating habits and mindsets around this plan.
I also had to give myself the room and the grace for this plan to change and grow with me, which honestly hasn’t always been easy to do at times. Surrounding yourself with people who make you better and encourage you in truth and love is absolutely necessary through this process, but especially this part.
A major factor that is so very important when pursuing a brave life and stepping into a life well lived is self-compassion. I don’t know about you, but I can give other people grace so easily. I can see their challenges most of the time, and it’s my pleasure to offer them compassion and grace, but when it comes to myself, it’s a completely different story.
Insert face palm here. Give yourself grace through this journey. Don’t try to white knuckle your way through healing and alignment. Take time. Once I define those three things for myself, I was on my way. And if I’ve learned anything so far, it’s that brave is not a destination, but a journey. And the joy is in the journey, my friend.
Thank you so much for tuning in today. I hope you enjoyed today’s episode. Each week I will be packing the episodes with inspiration, encouragement, and resources to help you get off autopilot and step into the life you were created to live. I hope you’ll join me. It would mean the world to me if you would hit subscribe so that you can be notified the second a new show goes live.
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Until next time, go speak your brave.