How To Be Brave: Building Courage Overtime

Fear. It cripples our progress and whispers doubts, hindering our ability to build the courage to be brave. In the newest Quick Mindset Reset Episode of the Self Love and Sweat THE PODCAST, I dive deep, exploring how we can transform fear and anxiety into tools for building the courage to be brave and achieving our goals.

Timestamps to help you navigate this episode: 
0:00 Intro
2:47 FREE Self Love & Sweat MONTHLY Calendar
4:56 Doing Things Scared For Personal Growth
11:53 Sponsor: Snap Supplements 25% OFF using code LUNDEN25

How To Be Courageous and Motivated

This episode transcends the typical “just do it” pep talk. I used personal stories to illustrate how moments that test our resilience can ultimately be the fuel we need to be courageous. The conversation centres on the idea that fear and anxiety, often seen as weaknesses, can actually be the foundation for building the courage to be brave. Oftentimes, we ask, “How can some people be so motivated and courageous in achieving their dreams?”

Motivation is a muscle that we should exercise – it does not come very often, but the will to be and to achieve things should be enough to drive us to fulfill our goals.

Conquering Your Fear: Building Your Courage Muscle Through Discomfort

The episode doesn’t shy away from providing actionable steps for conquering your fears. One suggestion is to engage in activities that push you outside your comfort zone. This might involve trying a new dance class, striking up a conversation with someone you admire, or taking a career risk. By taking these small steps, you’ll not only confront your fears but also expand your horizons and build confidence, all essential for building the courage to be brave.

 The impermanence of life can serve as a powerful reminder to pursue our goals with passion and not let fear dictate our experiences.

How To Get Rid of Fear of Failure and Take Action

Ultimately, the episode is a call to action to embrace the unknown and push past the limitations of fear. The message is clear: fear can be a catalyst for growth, not a roadblock, on our path to building the courage to be brave. This episode is a roadmap for transforming anxiety into fuel for personal achievement. By adopting this approach and consistently challenging yourself, you’ll witness your life transform from a series of hesitations into a symphony of triumphs, a testament to your courage to be brave.

Remember, building the courage to be brave is a lifelong journey, not a destination. Embrace the process, and watch as your fears become the stepping stones to your greatest accomplishments.

Full transcript episode 173

Lunden Souza: 2:26

Welcome to Self Love and Sweat The Podcast, the place where you’ll get inspired to live your life unapologetically, embrace your perfect imperfections, break down barriers and do what sets your soul on fire. I’m your host, Lunden Souza. Hey, have you grabbed your free Self Love and Sweat monthly calendar yet? This calendar is so amazing. It comes right in your inbox every single month to help you have a little nugget of wisdom, a sweaty workout, a mindset activity, just a little something, something to help keep you focused and motivated and keep that momentum towards your goals. So every day, when you get this calendar, you’ll see a link that you can click that will lead to a podcast episode or a workout or something that will be very powerful and quick to read. And then you’ll also see, on the top left corner of every single day, there’s a little checkbox in the calendar and what that is is that’s for your one thing. You can choose one thing every month, or it can be the same, something that you want to implement and make this something that you can easily implement, like daily meditation or getting a certain amount of steps or water, for example, and staying hydrated and even taking your supplements. This can be something if you want to get more regular doing a particular habit and routine. You can choose what that checkbox means. So if you want your self-love and sweat free monthly calendar delivered right to your inbox every month on the first of the month, go to Fill out the form really quickly and you will have your calendar in your inbox within a few short minutes. That’s lifelikelunden L-I-F-E, L-I-K-E, L-U-N-D-E-N dot com forward slash calendar. Go, get yours for free and enjoy this episode. So I am a little fired up for today’s episode, today’s quick mindset reset. This is about doing it scared, doing it anyway, going after the hard thing just for the sake of putting in the reps of doing the hard thing.

Lunden Souza: 5:01

Motivation is not a feeling. It’s not something that some people have more than others. It’s not something that you just wake up feeling or poof, right, there might be days where you just innately feel more motivated than others. But the way that we need to look at motivation is like a muscle. Okay, technically it’s not a muscle. It’s kind of like a sweet tooth, right. You tell kids oh yeah, I have a sweet tooth. It’s not really that. There’s a tooth that’s sweet. There’s not really a muscle. That’s your motivation muscle, right. But we got to look at it that way.

Lunden Souza: 5:35

We really have to look at motivation as something that we train, that we cultivate right, the more that we take action, despite being scared, despite being uncomfortable, despite some of those limiting beliefs of like. Despite being uncomfortable, despite some of those limiting beliefs of like, am I good enough? Can I do this? What might other people think? We all have that dialogue and when we, to one extent or the other, and when we turn down that volume and we step into it anyway scared, sweaty armpits, heart beating, nervous when we show our nervous system, who’s boss? Like, hey, I know that you’re feeling uncomfortable, but you got this and we’re going to do it anyway the more motivation that you will have overall, because you’ll have more courage, you’ll have more evidence of your greatness of like. Oh yeah, that was scary and I did it anyway. You’ll have more evidence of your greatness of like oh yeah, that was scary and I did it anyway.

Lunden Souza: 6:32

I recently made a story about this on Instagram, talking about not only doing the hard thing in life, let’s say like to go after your main goal, for example. So maybe you know you out of your comfort zone and you want that motivation or you’re moving through some discomfort, let’s say, to have a tough conversation, or to maybe go after that new job or that new promotion, or to put yourself out there like in the dating world or something. Maybe that’s like where it feels really uncomfortable for you right now. Go out and do other things that scare you, that are uncomfortable. I shared on my Instagram reel. I was like okay, I can dance. I’ve taken Zumba, things like that, but I went with my friend, Kara and one of her friends when I was recently in California to their intermediate salsa class. Now, not only was this an intermediate salsa class, but there was partner salsa dancing, which makes me very uncomfortable. I don’t mind being in a Zumba class, dancing solo, those types of things, but when it comes to having partner dances, I was just super nervous and super uncomfortable. But going out and doing it anyway allows you to be able to be like okay, I can be scared and do it anyway. I can push my limits and do it anyway.

Lunden Souza: 8:07

I know that public speaking is a huge fear for a lot of people. So going out and giving yourself an opportunity to share in front of people, whether that’s a group of your friends or a group that you’re a part of, or maybe you decide to take a public speaking course, just go out and do things that make your armpits sweaty, that make you uncomfortable, that you normally would stay away from, just for the sake of putting in the reps, just for the sake of doing it anyway, just for the sake of building that motivation muscle, for cultivating courage. I think so many times people think that motivation and courage are just things that you have. No, they are things that you cultivate. They are results of action, they are results of doing it anyway. And now the reason why I’m fired up about this is because I’m super motivated by death. I don’t want to get to the end of my life and I don’t want you to get to the end of your life thinking, oh, I wish I would have tried that, I wish I would have went after that, I wish I would have gone after that goal, I wish I would have put fear to the side and did it anyway.

Lunden Souza: 9:22

I’ve had some loss recently in my life close family friends, my uncle and I also had Lyndsay Lee, who I love. She’s my soul sister. She was on the podcast and we talked about death being a motivating factor and she said have fun, do good, don’t die boring. And so we’re all going to get to the end of our life, whether we choose to face that now or not. I know sometimes I know from working with a lot of people on their biggest fears our biggest fear can be death, right, but for me, my biggest motivating factor is death, because it’s like, dude, we could die tomorrow and we have so many gifts and so much light to shine out into the world that I would hate. I see myself dying old into my hundreds, right, but we never know what’s going to happen. And and if I do get to that point of, let’s say, being on a deathbed, if you will, of just like, oh wait, now, it’s going to be the end of my life, it is the end of my life, I’m getting towards the end of my life.

Lunden Souza: 10:27

I don’t want to go back in the history of Lunden and be like, oh, I wish I would have, or I wish I would have changed or grown in this way or tried this out right. So, whatever, it is right. We all have that thing that we want to go after. That scares us a little bit, that we wish we had more motivation to go after, that we wish we had the courage to just push through a little bit. And I’m here to tell you today on this quick mindset reset. It’s not just going to come, it has to be cultivated through action. It has to be cultivated by being afraid and doing it anyway. Not wanting to do it and doing it anyway, taking action despite not feeling like it. So, whatever that might be for you today, I want you to go out and just do something that scares you, do something that’s uncomfortable. Take action in an area that you’ve been procrastinating. It’s going to make a difference. And, yeah, go out and do it anyway. If this episode spoke to you, feel free to send me a DM on Instagram. I’m at lifelikelunden. Everywhere I love to discuss this topic. For those of you listening, you can’t see my body language, but whenever I talk about this I just feel very lioness-esque, where it’s just like let’s go. So go out in the world and do it anyway. Hey, really quick.

Lunden Souza: 11:55

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Lunden Souza: 12:50

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Lunden Souza: 13:49

Now let’s get back to the show. Thank you so much for listening to this episode of Self Love and Sweat THE PODCAST. Hey, do me a favor Wherever you’re listening to this podcast, give us a review this really helps a lot and share. Do me a favor Wherever you’re listening to this podcast, give us a review this really helps a lot and share this with a friend. I’m only one person and with your help, we can really spread the message of self-love and sweat and change more lives all around the world. I’m Lunden Souza, reminding you that you deserve a life full of passion, presence and purpose, fueled by self-love and sweat. This podcast is a Hitspot. Austria production.