A while ago I bought the book On Becoming Fearless by Arianna Huffington. I’ve kind of skipped around to various chapters while reading it and put it down and picked it up again a few times but it never fails to be insightful and inspiring each time I open it up.
I love this list from the back of the book of Arianna’s Top Ten Tips for Becoming Fearless:
1. Be true to yourself. Constantly looking over your shoulder for approval means you’ll never find it. What’s more, you greatly increase your chances of walking into a wall or falling into a ditch – not to mention losing yourself in the process.
2. Turn down the volume of your inner critic. Everyone has one: the obnoxious roommate in your head, always there with the critical, self-doubting comment. But that doesn’t mean you have to listen. When the negative judgments start to blare, hit the off switch or drown them out with your iPod.
3. Look past the glass ceiling to endless opportunity. Preoccupation with impediments allows us to climb only so high. Keep your mind open to new adventures and you’ll surpass every expectation.
4. Use the mirror to make sure your lipstick isn’t smuged, not to judge your value as a person.
5. Stop comparing yourself to others – it’s a no-win game. And especially stop comparing yourself to supermodels, who don’t even look like the perfectly lit and airbrushed supermodels we usually see in magazines.
6. Get enough sleep. It’s next to impossible to be fearless – or to be your best self – if you are sleep deprived. A good pillow is a vital addition to any beauty regime.
7. Slip into an air of self-assurance. Fearlessness is sexy. So is confidence.
8. Run, swim, bike, hike, do yoga, or hit the gym. And fill your lungs with fresh air. Never forget – you can go weeks without food, days without water, but only mere minutes without breathing.
9. Be assertive in love. Know what you want out of a relationship and have the courage to express yourself to get it. And if you don’t get it – and if the other person can’t even handle the mere expression of your needs – be strong enough to walk away.
10. Always remember: True fearlessness comes from a deep and complete acceptance of ourselves – not from what we wear, or how we look, or what we do, or what we accomplish.