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This is a public statement of what I stand for as the proud new mama of Live Brazen . . . I dedicate this manifesto to the change makers (you know who you are).
I will give myself permission to be who I am even if I secretly wish I were “cooler.”
I will let myself be happy, no strings attached.
I refuse to feel guilty because I don’t meet someone else’s expectations of who I “should” be.
I will never sacrifice me for a false sense of belonging.
I will look for the shadow and the light of each of my personality traits, no puffing up the “good” ones or hiding the “bad” ones.
I will do what strengthens me and bag, barter or better the things that don’t.
I will ask for things – favors, advice, introductions, testimonials — and be willing to hear the word no as often as it takes.
I will know my worth and appreciate what I have to offer and stand tall because of it.
I will not distract myself from facing the scary action it inevitably takes to reach my dreams.
I will not downplay my awesomesauce to make other people feel more comfortable around me.
I will allow myself to fall flat on my face as often as it takes without ever making it mean anything other than I’m a rockstar.
I will allow other people to think what they will about my language, behavior and/or ideas without trying to control their opinions of me.
I will care what people think of me but I will never let it stifle me.
I will remember that an epic life requires risk and risk is supposed to be uncomfortable.
I will trust my instincts, especially around the doubters.
I will take “expert advice” into consideration but I will listen to me first.
I will show people the truth about me even when it feels vulnerable because I know THAT is the only way to real intimacy and connection.
When I screw up I will seek help with humility and an open heart.
I will remember that doing something crappy is better than doing nothing at all — because it is action not perfection that is the key to success.
I will deliberately seek the company of people who remind me of what is possible even if I have to pay big bucks for it.
I will live it to give it.
I will acknowledge people in my life who inspire me.
I will never wait until I have my shit together to be of service or do something epic because I know that day will never come.
I will consider criticism from other people who are also “in the arena,” doing brazen shit in honor of their one “wild and precious life” and I will ignore naysayers standing on the sidelines.
I will do one thing each day towards my dreams that is easy to do, but just as easy not to do.
I will admit out loud that I am special.
And because I am special, I will remember that I am irreplaceable. That I’m not supposed to be like anyone else and so I wont try to be.
I will not shrink from my own power. I will own it. I will harness it. I will use it.
I will advocate for me instead of expecting other people to do it for me.
I will remember that I’m not responsible for other people’s emotions, they are. I’m responsible for mine.
I will never, ever reject myself first, out of fear of being rejected.
When I feel resentment, I will use it as a reminder to stop saying yes to other people before I say yes to myself.
I will know what I want – right now, tomorrow and in five years. And I will not be embarrassed about wanting “frivolous,” things, epic things, or darn right outrageous things.
If I’m getting too big for my britches, I’ll buy a size larger.
I will never again buy into the bullshit that there is a right and a wrong way – there are infinite ways to do anything. The more I can do it my way, the better.
I will never again try to seek success as a way to compensate for a family legacy of shame.
If I feel jealous, I will use it as a reminder of what I want that I’m telling myself I cannot have.
I will never deem someone else’s vulnerability as inspiring while discounting my own.
I will remember that there is nothing to fix about me.
I will always give myself a second and a third and a fourth…. chance.
I will show up each day even when I don’t want to.
I will never forget that no matter what I do, there will be always be haters.
I will remember that to have an an extraordinary life, you have to have extraordinary thoughts.
I will remember that success has nothing to do with talent.
I will remind myself that just because I’m “good” at something does NOT mean I should be doing it.
I will stop doing for others long enough to make sure there is plenty of space for my own dreams.
I will let whatever wants to grow inside me be – for its own sake and not for what it can do for me or how it can make me look better.
I will always have a plan, even if it’s a shitty plan.
I will choose my regrets wisely.
I will ask myself what can I do that nobody else can, that will make the most impact in this world.
I will remind myself that there is no such thing as the “right” timing.
I will “fail” my way to success.
And If I can’t dance, I don’t want any part of it.
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