I recently had someone tell me that former pro-volleyball player and model, Gabby Reece’s motto is “Be first.”

Given that she’s a former pro athlete, I figured it meant, “finish first.”

But that wasn’t it at all.

What she means is be the first to go out of your way to help someone. Be the first on the dance floor. Be the first to say “hi” when you see someone you know, but awkwardly wonder if they remember you. Be the first to speak up when you see an injustice taking place.

Basically, be courageous in your everyday life.

Leah Carol - DC Life and Business Coach - brave

It sounds so silly, but think of how many times you wait for someone else to go first before you jump in.  Aren’t you always so thankful for that person?!  I know I am.

Being first means making yourself vulnerable. You stand out. You are seen and heard.

For some people I know just the thought of that brings up anxiety. Trust me, the more you do it, the less anxious you become. Everyone will think you are so confident and if you’re not, you just gotta fake it til you make it - but you know that already.

I know personally, there are some things I’m more comfortable being first at and really have to push myself to be first at others. But it’s true what they say, the more you do it,  the easier it becomes.

Be brave so others can be brave too. Courage is a contagious thing.

Seeing others push themselves or make themselves vulnerable really inspires others to believe that they can too.

I bet you have no idea how much you affect the world with your everyday actions. I bet you have no clue how many people you inspire and look up to you.

Being awesome isn’t always roses and sunshine, sometimes it can feel uncomfortable. The world needs people to “be first” and the world really needs YOU.

So the next time your boss asks for suggestions at a meeting or the next time a street performer ask for volunteers, I hope that you are brave and you raise your hand to be first and know that the ripple effect from you doing so will be much further and wider than you can imagine.

 Why being brave isnt just about you