Flexing Your Bravery Muscle

“Pull that bellybutton in towards the spine, lift your chest, shoulders down.  Now really bicep curlsqueeze that bicep muscle as you curl the weight up to your shoulder.”  These are the kind of directions I give over and over during an exercise class.  We need to contract a muscle against resistance in order to strengthen it.  But more than that, we need to repeat that move several times during a class and several times during the week in order for it to grow stronger and stay strong.

As a motivational speaker on health and wellness I teach it and preach it but these past few weeks I’ve discovered a new kind of exercise that brings on a different kind of strength.  Bravery.

Has anyone else spent the greater part of their life avoiding confrontation?  Anybody afraid of rejection or getting a big fat “No” to a request?  How about putting off a task because you have no idea how to do it and you’re fearful you’ll get it all wrong?

Well, that’s been me for many years and I’ve got the flaccid, mushy bravery muscles to show for it.  Until this fall…My new independence has given me the push I needed  to step into the unknown and face the fear.  Every time I do it I come out on the other side still alive and breathing!  Which gives me more confidence to face a new challenge, stand up for myself, put my foot down, or venture into the unknown.  With each “flex” I grow stronger, just like a muscle. 

What muscles do you need to build?  Healthy eating muscle?  Better relationship muscle? Move more everyday muscle?  Love thy neighbor muscle?  Let’s get pumping (and don’t forget to pull your belly button in towards the spine, lift the chest…._!



Motivational Speaker Polly Pitchford didn’t always know the phytochemical benefits of kale, in fact, those words weren’t even in her vocabulary 30 years ago. Neither did she see any reason to do jumping jacks on a cement surface for an hour. But all it took was a chance vegetarian cooking class and some high-energy music to open her eyes upon a whole new world of healthy living. For 30 years Polly has practiced, studied, taught, educated and lived a healthy lifestyle that makes her such a powerful speaker.

Polly’s down-to-Earth and humorous approach mirrors her own lifelong journey to lasting, positive changes. The audience walks away with tangible plans for improving their health and their lives through food, fitness and fun.
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  1. Oh Polly. This is so fantastic. And even though I may be a motivational speaker and I talk about this sort of thing all the time – I've never really stopped and asked myself that question. Which of my muscles need more work? My "slow down and relax" muscle, for one. And it won't get strong all on its own, will it? I have to practice. With good form, as you mentioned.  Thank you so so much for this post. So happy to share this one!

  2. Now if there's one muscle that I can be proud of, it's my bravery muscle. But there's always room for improvement. And we always create new comfort zones that we must break out of. So thanks, Polly, for the reminder to stop playing it safe and jump one more time.

  3. Bravo to you Polly! Way to flex those independent muscles. For me, it's my perseverance muscle – I need to keep on keepin on when I have setbacks. And, I've had a few!

  4. This is a wonderful thought. Tying physical to the emotional. I think that's an area of humankind that we will explore in much greater depth during the next century. The two are intertwined deeply, but we don't really understand it all.

  5. Brava Brave Polly!  Oh, Sistah, do I know where you are coming from!!!  I applaud every rep you take with your bravery muscle and hope you truly feel your spirit and soul filling with strength and shining with light!  Congratulations.  Now give me 10  : )  

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