Soldiers, first responders, surgeons, firefighters (and those crazy people who walk across skyscrapers on a tightrope) … these are courageous people.

They — the brave ones — make it hard for us (the more normal ones) to feel comfortable calling ourselves “courageous” or “brave.” That’s why we were really intrigued by what the definition of “courage” used to be …

 


 

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THIS WEEK, WE WANT YOU TO KNOW:

courage

APPLY IT TO YOUR OWN LIFE:

In one of its earliest and most literal forms, “courage” meant “to speak one’s mind by telling one’s heart.”

That’s it.

Courage doesn’t have to be about being physically daring, or taking sweat-inducing risks, or being a hero — although those things are undoubtedly courageous.

To tell the truth, plain and simple, is a huge act of bravery. It’s one of the most vulnerable, uncomfortable, fearful things we can do … because it puts us directly in the path of being rejected, misunderstood, or disliked.

Some of the scariest things we’ve both done have been about speaking up. Like …

It’s supremely uncomfortable … but on the flip side, it’s supremely rewarding.

Because you can’t get to the good stuff — fulfillment, love, happiness, connection — if you’re not living (and telling) the truth of how you feel.

So, do you have what it takes to be this definition of courageous? Are you speaking up, even when it’s uncomfortable? Are you “telling your heart” to people who matter? What do you need to do today that’s courageous?

twitter-bird Courage once meant “speaking one’s mind by telling one’s heart” #ClarityGems inspiration via @BreneBrown

How is this #ClarityGem sitting with you today? Leave us a comment to let us know!

ARE YOU HANGING OUT WITH US NEXT WEEK? 

In case you missed the announcement on Monday, we’re having a {free!} live online hangout on Tuesday, April 19th at 12pm Eastern.

We’ve been hearing a lot from people about how finding their passion feels hard, overwhelming, and full of pressure.

So, we’re going to de-mystify the whole “finding your passion” thing and make things easier for you. You’re definitely gong to want to be there. We’re sharing:

Apr. 19th Live Hangout

If you know for certain you can’t be there live, that’s cool. Just RSVP anyway. You will get a replay emailed to you … but you’ll only have 3 days to tune in before it’s gone.

RSVP here, and you’ll get a confirmation email letting you know you’re in.

See you there!

Much Love,

Kristen + Rachel

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