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Be Brave! Wise Words of Empowerment, Courage, and Self-Determination

 

Be Brave! You can stay where you are and wish for your life to be different. Or you can get up and make a difference.

Empowerment is the process of becoming stronger and more confident. To become empowered means you believe you control your own life. As an empowered person, you have the ability to take initiative, make decisions, and solve problems your way. You have the courage to pursue your dreams, and your life, on your own terms.

Even when you don’t think you can, when you’re unsure of your abilities, or you’re afraid and shaking in your boots, that small courageous voice that planted the seed of an idea is all you need. That small voice can become something powerful, if you let it.

Close your eyes and picture yourself ten years from now. Do you see yourself as you are today? The same as you are right now? Or do you see yourself as a braver, stronger, happier you?  Choose the you you want to be. Make that you a reality.

Take charge of your life. Don’t let other people define who you are. Don’t let someone else control your destiny. Decide what you want and go after it.

Many wise women and men have found their empowered selves. Let their words guide you as you become more empowered, more courageous, and more free to pursue the real you.

Read these famous words.

Go forth and become empowered. Be brave!

What we focus on, we empower and enlarge. Good multiplies when focused upon. Negativity multiplies when focused upon. The choice is ours: Which do we want more of? ~ Julia Cameron

What we focus on, we empower and enlarge. Good multiplies when focused upon. Negativity multiplies when focused upon. The choice is ours: Which do we want more of? ~ Julia Cameron

Most obstacles melt away when we make up our minds to walk boldly through them. ~ Orison Swett Madden

Most obstacles melt away when we make up our minds to walk boldly through them. ~ Orison Swett Madden

Each of us has an inner dream that we can unfold if we will just have the courage to admit what it is. ~ Julia Cameron

Each of us has an inner dream that we can unfold if we will just have the courage to admit what it is. ~ Julia Cameron

When one must, one can. ~ Charlotte Whitton

When one must, one can. ~ Charlotte Whitton

In your own life it’s important to know how spectacular you are. ~ Steve Maraboli

In your own life it’s important to know how spectacular you are. ~ Steve Maraboli

You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try. ~ Beverly Sills

You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try. ~ Beverly Sills

We must overcome the notion that we must be regular...it robs you of the chance to be extraordinary and leads you to the mediocre. ~ Uta Hagen

We must overcome the notion that we must be regular...it robs you of the chance to be extraordinary and leads you to the mediocre. ~ Uta Hagen

If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one. ~ Dolly Parton

If you don't like the road you're walking, start paving another one. ~ Dolly Parton

Instead of thinking outside the box, get rid of the box. ~ Deepak Chopra

Instead of thinking outside the box, get rid of the box. ~ Deepak Chopra

Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out. ~ John Wooden

Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out. ~ John Wooden

Everyone should carefully observe which way his heart draws him, and then choose that way with all his strength. ~ Hasidic Proverb

Everyone should carefully observe which way his heart draws him, and then choose that way with all his strength. ~ Hasidic Proverb

The first step toward getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are. ~ Author Unknown

The first step toward getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are. ~ Author Unknown

Tough times never last, but tough people do. ~ Robert Schiller

Tough times never last, but tough people do. ~ Robert Schiller

It is time for us to stand and cheer for the doer, the achiever, the one who recognizes the challenge and does something about it. ~ Vince Lombardi

It is time for us to stand and cheer for the doer, the achiever, the one who recognizes the challenge and does something about it. ~ Vince Lombardi

You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will. ~ Stephen King

You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will. ~ Stephen King

A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes. ~ Hugh Downs

A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes. ~ Hugh Downs

Defeat may serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let the glory out. ~ Edwin Markham

Defeat may serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let the glory out. ~ Edwin Markham

To create more positive results in your life, replace “if only” with “next time”. ~ Celestine Chua

To create more positive results in your life, replace “if only” with “next time”. ~ Celestine Chua

Today’s accomplishments were yesterday’s impossibilities. ~ Robert H. Schuller

Today’s accomplishments were yesterday’s impossibilities. ~ Robert H. Schuller

Your fear is 100% dependent on you for its survival. ~ Steve Maraboli

Your fear is 100% dependent on you for its survival. ~ Steve Maraboli

Anything I’ve ever done that ultimately was worthwhile initially scared me to death. ~ Betty Bender

Anything I’ve ever done that ultimately was worthwhile initially scared me to death. ~ Betty Bender

You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great. ~ Zig Ziglar

You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great. ~ Zig Ziglar

The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude. ~ Oprah Winfrey

The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude. ~ Oprah Winfrey

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. ~ Lao Tzu

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. ~ Lao Tzu

At every given moment, we are absolutely perfect for what is required for our journey. ~ Steve Maraboli

At every given moment, we are absolutely perfect for what is required for our journey. ~ Steve Maraboli

The triumph can’t be had without the struggle. ~ Wilma Rudolph

The triumph can’t be had without the struggle. ~ Wilma Rudolph

To me there is no misfortune. I welcome whatever comes; I go out gladly to meet it. ~ Muriel Strode

To me there is no misfortune. I welcome whatever comes; I go out gladly to meet it. ~ Muriel Strode

As fast as each opportunity presents itself, use it! No matter how tiny an opportunity it may be, use it! ~ Robert Collier

As fast as each opportunity presents itself, use it! No matter how tiny an opportunity it may be, use it! ~ Robert Collier

Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right. ~ Henry Ford

Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right. ~ Henry Ford

Success doesn’t come to you. You go to it. ~ Marva Collins

Success doesn’t come to you. You go to it. ~ Marva Collins

The degree of responsibility you take for your life determines how much change you can create in it. ~ Celestine Chua

The degree of responsibility you take for your life determines how much change you can create in it. ~ Celestine Chua

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. ~ Walt Disney

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. ~ Walt Disney

Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions. ~ Albert Einstein

Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions. ~ Albert Einstein

Find out who you are and do it on purpose. ~ Dolly Parton

Find out who you are and do it on purpose. ~ Dolly Parton

Whatever you want in life, other people are going to want it too. Believe in yourself enough to accept the idea that you have an equal right to it. ~ Diane Sawyer

Whatever you want in life, other people are going to want it too. Believe in yourself enough to accept the idea that you have an equal right to it. ~ Diane Sawyer

If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door. ~ Milton Berle

If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door. ~ Milton Berle

Don’t wait for something big to happen. Start where you are, with what you have, and that will always lead you into something greater. ~ Mary Manin Morrissey

Don’t wait for something big to happen. Start where you are, with what you have, and that will always lead you into something greater. ~ Mary Manin Morrissey

Be willing to be a beginner every single morning. ~ Meister Eckhart

Be willing to be a beginner every single morning. ~ Meister Eckhart

The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. ~ Walt Disney

The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. ~ Walt Disney

If you run you stand a chance of losing, but if you don’t run you’ve already lost. ~ Barack Obama

If you run you stand a chance of losing, but if you don’t run you’ve already lost. ~ Barack Obama

A surplus of effort could overcome a deficit of confidence. ~ Sonia Sotomayor

A surplus of effort could overcome a deficit of confidence. ~ Sonia Sotomayor

If we wait until we’re ready, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives. ~ Anonymous

If we wait until we’re ready, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives. ~ Anonymous

Don’t assume a door is closed; push on it. Do not assume if it was closed yesterday that it is closed today. ~ Marian Wright Edelman

Don’t assume a door is closed; push on it. Do not assume if it was closed yesterday that it is closed today. ~ Marian Wright Edelman

You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind. ~ Author Unknown

You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind. ~ Author Unknown

If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month. ~ Theodore Roosevelt

If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month. ~ Theodore Roosevelt

The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. ~ attributed to Winston Churchill

The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. ~ attributed to Winston Churchill

True courage is being afraid, and going ahead and doing your job anyhow, that’s what courage is. ~ Norman Schwarzkopf

True courage is being afraid, and going ahead and doing your job anyhow, that’s what courage is. ~ Norman Schwarzkopf

If you want to be proud of yourself, then do things in which you can take pride. ~ Karen Horney

If you want to be proud of yourself, then do things in which you can take pride. ~ Karen Horney

What may look like a small act of courage is courage nevertheless. The important thing is to be willing to take a step forward. ~ Daisaku Ikeda

What may look like a small act of courage is courage nevertheless. The important thing is to be willing to take a step forward. ~ Daisaku Ikeda

We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated. ~ Maya Angelou

We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated. ~ Maya Angelou

Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you. ~ Charlotte Whitton

Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you. ~ Charlotte Whitton

Your regrets aren’t what you did, but what you didn’t do. So I take every opportunity. ~ Cameron Diaz

Your regrets aren’t what you did, but what you didn’t do. So I take every opportunity. ~ Cameron Diaz

You create opportunities by performing, not complaining. ~ Muriel Siebert

You create opportunities by performing, not complaining. ~ Muriel Siebert

I will not follow where the path may lead, but I will go where there is no path, and I will leave a trail. ~ Muriel Strode

I will not follow where the path may lead, but I will go where there is no path, and I will leave a trail. ~ Muriel Strode

Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it; doubt everything, but don’t doubt yourself. ~ André Gide

Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it; doubt everything, but don’t doubt yourself. ~ André Gide

Trust in what you love, continue to do it, and it will take you where you need to go. ~ Natalie Goldberg

Trust in what you love, continue to do it, and it will take you where you need to go. ~ Natalie Goldberg

Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway. ~ John Wayne

Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway. ~ John Wayne

…[H]owever difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up. While there’s life, there is hope. ~ Stephen Hawking

However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up. While there’s life, there is hope. ~ Stephen Hawking

Belief in oneself is incredibly infectious. It generates momentum, the collective force of which far outweighs any kernel of self-doubt that may creep in. ~ Aimee Mullins

Belief in oneself is incredibly infectious. It generates momentum, the collective force of which far outweighs any kernel of self-doubt that may creep in. ~ Aimee Mullins

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. ~ Maya Angelou

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. ~ Maya Angelou

Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, (whispering), “I will try again tomorrow.” ~ Mary Anne Radmacher

Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, (whispering), "I will try again tomorrow." ~ Mary Anne Radmacher

 

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