Resilience | Resistance | Revolution
Conscious Bravery is a pathway to women’s liberation that weaves together my favorite topics – human development, organizational change, social justice, leadership, and spirituality – and grounds them in our lived experiences as women. It is an emergent model that co-evolves with me and my work, the result of intuition, curiosity, and determination to transform the world from the inside out. Today there are five elements to Conscious Bravery, tomorrow there may be seven or two. Like the model itself, I shift from old ways of experiencing and understanding the world to new ones, ever-changing but always focused on resilience, resistance, and revolution for women and girls.
The 5 Elements of Conscious Bravery
1. From Inner to Outer
Perfectionism, competition, imposter syndrome, and martyrdom are the result of internalized oppression. Learning to identify the external cause of these behaviors is the first step towards healing them.
2. From Weakness to Strength
The identities that make us the most vulnerable – our gender, race, class, etc. – also make us the most powerful. Learning to access the gifts of our identities makes us braver, more innovative, and hopeful.
3. From Thought to Action
Waiting to feel confident before taking action keeps many women stuck in self-doubt. Learning to build confidence through small, thoughtful action creates the change we seek.
4. From Me to We
True inspiration comes from a larger purpose that serves others. Learning to tap into the collective “we” of other women will help us sustain our actions for the long term.
5. From Outer to Inner
Persistence and resistance require emotional, physical, and psychological energy. Learning to develop a spiritual practice is critical to conserving and renewing these aspects of ourselves.
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