Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Brave New YOU Project Manifesto

Brave choices increase the likelihood that we tap into our authentic power and live a purposeful, happy and successful life. 

Brave choices strengthen our courage muscles.

Brave choices empower us to realize more of our potential as we overcome our emotions and thoughts of fear, uncertainty and self-doubt.

Brave choices enable us to bend reality as we master the power of our mindset, emotions and behaviors and align them with our highest aspirations.

Brave choices are best supported and encouraged by a community of braveheart individuals.

Empowering everyday folks, like you and I to make brave choices that encourage and enable us to live, love and lead bravely reflect the mission of the Brave New YOU Project, which I will be launching in April 2016.

If you've experienced or is experiencing emotions and thoughts of fear, uncertainty and self-doubt that is keeping you from owning your brilliance, I understand. 

On several occasions during the past few years, I've allowed fear, uncertainty and self-doubt deter me from taking actions I knew would position me for more opportunities to do work that gives me a great sense of satisfaction, joy. and meaning, while earning income aligned with the value I bring to each training and mentoring experience.

After slowing down, and investing in specific personal and professional development programs which I believe would help me close the gap between where I am professionally and where I want to be, I  was able to get clear about what I stand for and what I want my business to stand for.

The change in my company's name from Grow Forward & Flourish to Braveheart Training Group reflects the evolution of myself, and the services and programs that will be offered by my business.

In preparation for the launch of the Brave New YOU Project, I  am sharing the current manifesto for the Brave New YOU community. It is still a work in progress. So, if you have any suggestions on how I can improve it, please contact me via email. If it inspires you, then you should join our online community. 

Members of the Braveheart Online Community will receive information and opportunities to access many of my new online programs first, prior to them being released to the general public. Members receive discounts on the purchase of my books, and any fee-based online and LIVE training programs I host. 

As I move towards developing collaborative relationships with individuals of the Brave New YOU Project Advisory Team and leverage their expertise to build an online training platform while consistently delivering LIVE training experiences, I am curious and excited about how this vision will unfold.

Take some time to answer the following life-changing questions: 

How much more joy, love, success. and abundance would you experience if you were braver?

Are your present dreams and goals a reflection of who you are at your best?

Read the following manifesto. If it resonates with your soul then you should join us on the journey of unleashing the brave within us. Feel free to share this article with your friends, families and colleagues. If you're interested in becoming a member of the Brave New YOU Advisory Team, email me so that I can send you information about the team.

 Brave New YOU Project Manifesto

You are braver than you think.
Believe in Yourself. Trust that You Can Handle Life.
Self-Love and Bravery > Fear and Self-Doubt.
Face Your Fear while it is An Emotion,
Before It Becomes a Behavior.
Be Intentional.
Decide What You Stand For.
Open Your Heart and Mind to New Things.
Define Your Destiny by the Compelling Vision 
Stirring within Your Soul.
Connect and Collaborate with Braveheart People.
Go Out and Be Brave Every day.
Be Grateful. Express Your Appreciation.
Be Still. Respect the Wisdom of Your Soul.
Be Kind. Respect Your Feelings and the Feelings of Others.
Be Bold. Embrace New Possibilities with Enthusiasm.
Be Curious. Step Out of Your Comfort Zone.

Be the Hero or Heroine of Your Brave Story.

Download a copy of the Brave New YOU Project manifesto here.

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Live, Love and Lead Bravely, 

Jackie Capers-Brown
CEO, Braveheart Training Group
Founder, Brave New YOU Project

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

You Don’t Lack Self-Confidence. You Need to Be Braver.

“Scared is what you're feeling. Brave is what you're doing.” 

In her book, Playing Big, Tara Mohr explores principles to help us move past self-doubt and creating what we most desire in our career, our community, or in our work. In the chapter “Hiding”, she points out common ways brilliant women (and I add men) hide from playing bigger.

Some of the ways we do so includes, telling ourselves the story that “this has to happen before that”, which is the notion that there is a defined path of actions that must be taken prior to us initiating bold moves towards creating a life and work we love. Other ways we hide from playing bigger includes, overcomplicating and endless polishing (when nothing ever seems good enough to ship), collecting or curating what everyone else has to say about it (spending countless hours on the Internet absorbing information from other experts), omitting our own story (failing to recognize the value you bring to the table) and getting more and more and more education (just one more degree will assure me of the success I want).

Let’s be honest. We use a combination of these hiding strategies to rationalize why we continue to play small when our soul is beckoning us to play bigger. Can I get a witness?

As we enter the month of February, I thought about how 2016 is a leap year. And I wondered how these extra 24 hours will add to our ability to make the decision to own our brilliance and become shining examples of what it looks like to live with a braveheart. My personal definition of braveheart is someone who feels compelled to take action in the face of their fear because they decide they want what they want more so than they are afraid of what they fear. How much more joy, love and success and abundance would you experience if you were braver?

Friday, January 1, 2016

A Brave New You: 10 Bold Moves for Making 2016 Your Best Year Yet

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.
~Marcel Proust~

How many times in 2015 did you keep your mouth shut when you had a fresh perspective on a situation that would have added value to a conversation? How often did you hold yourself back from pursuing something you really wanted in 2015 because you were afraid to fail or be ridiculed by others? Have you, like so many people, bought into the opinion that most of us are battling with the “not enough syndrome” or the “imposter syndrome”?

I’m not denying that there are many among us who are challenged with disempowering thoughts that limit them from having the courage to face their fear head on and demonstrate the bravery that is necessary to rise above their limiting stories and soar with their strengths. Deep down, we know that it is usually fear, uncertainty, and self-doubt that keeps us from speaking up and standing up and declaring our intentions to pursue goals beyond our comfort zone while seeing ourselves with a high sense of positive regard.

Contrary to a common belief, regardless of our level of education and success, none of us are immune to fear, uncertainty and self-doubt. So, our challenge this year and beyond is to approach fear, uncertainty and self-doubt with a more empowering perspective so that we don’t get in our own way for manifesting more happiness, joy, peace and success in our life.