Bravery and Honesty.

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In this blog we are looking at the Character Strengths of Bravery And Honesty.


“I act on my convictions, and I face threats, challenges, difficulties, and pains, despite my doubts and fears.” The VIA Institute [1]

People who are high in the strength of bravery have a great ability to step outside of their normal comfort zone and do something new, tackle challenges and face the sometimes harsh realities of life. Bravery is often associated with physical bravery such as parachuting out of a plane or joining the military but bravery is not limited to the physical. Bravery is also having the psychological strength to face difficult emotional battles and the moral strength to stand against perceived miscarriages of justice or going against prevailing opinions and standing up for what one believes is right.

  • Create SMART goals. Plan where you want to go and how you are going to get there and what you are going to do when things go wrong.
  • Book yourself in with that personal trainer.
  • Hire a diet coach to hep you get things done.
  • Look for rock climbing clubs.
  • Join a hiking group.
  • Join a cross fit club.
  • Learn to swim.
  • Take part in adventure sports and activities.
  • Learn to Kayak, surf, sail or paddle board.

Bravery in Action.



“I am honest to myself and to others, I try to present myself and my reactions accurately to each person, and I take responsibility for my actions.” The VIA Institute[2]

Having the Strength of Honesty means those that meet you know you. Little is hidden and you cannot go against your views, opinions or beliefs just to follow the crowd. You have an integrity that is clear to everyone and you are true to yourself and to the world. You do not hide your flaws or your abilities and when faced with a tricky decision you know the difference between what the easy road and the right road looks like. 

  • make a list of exactly what you want to achieve.
  • Buy a scales; you have nothing to fear from the truth and everything to gain from it.
  • Weight loss groups can be a great help for you, particularly ones that deal in the truth rather than ones just selling the company lines.
  • Keep a journal of what you are doing and how well it is working.
  • Hire a coach that will be honest with you and your progress.
  • Chart everything from your food to your weight to you measurements and even your workouts. Facts don’t lie.
  • Seek out exercises that you believe you enjoy.
  • Don’t do something you don’t believe in.
  • Research the areas of health that interest you.
  • Once a month look at your progress and compare it to you journals. See where you re getting thing right and where you could improve.

Honesty in Action