I don’t remember when or how it started, but for as long as I can remember, I have played this game with myself when I feel scared to do something. I tell myself “if you’re brave for thirty seconds right now, you don’t have to do anything scary for the rest of the day.”

When I was little, I used to do this to get myself  to raise my hand in class, make friends on the playground, or ask my mom for a second dessert. As I got older, I used it to switch schools in high school, ask a boy to the prom, and say “no” to things I wasn’t ready for.

Some days, I use my thirty seconds of courage to make huge life-changing decisions like calling off an engagement, hitting send on my first law school application, starting a business, saying “hi” to my now husband at a party, participating in a challenge that lead to winning a trip to Mexico, moving to another state for a job, quitting my job to work full-time in my business, and paying a ton of money to fly across the country and conquer my anxiety.

Other days, my thirty seconds of courage gets used on things like getting out of bed, taking a shower, using a public bathroom, leaving the house, balancing my bank account, or responding to all my emails.

I am no braver than the average person. In fact, I often think I have more fear than most people. But, I’ve built everything that is good in my life and business on thirty seconds of courage at a time. That is it. Not by being the most fearless, the smartest, or the most able. Just a commitment to at least thirty seconds of courage each and every day.

It really breaks my heart to see so many of my friends and students not living their dreams because of their fear. They let their own misconceptions about themselves and their self-doubt take over, and they stay stuck in place. Social media certainly doesn’t help with any of this. Everyone’s lives and businesses look so perfect from the outside. Most people don’t share the messy or scary parts of their journey. In reality, that is all part of the process, and it is so important for people to see the whole picture.

This is why I’m starting the #ThirtySecondsOfCourage Challenge: to help show the whole picture. Everyday for the next 30 days, I’m going to publicly share how I’m using my thirty seconds of courage, and I want you to do the same. If you don’t think that thirty seconds of courage daily can change your life, I challenge you to prove me wrong.

I’ll be sharing on Facebook, LinkedIn and on Instagram (@thirtysecondsofcourage) daily. You can participate by commenting on one of my posts or making your own post and using the hashtag #ThirtySecondsOfCourage. I’ll be searching for it daily to support you and cheer you on!

Sharing this story and challenge with you is my #ThirtySecondsOfCourage for today. What’s yours?

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