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Three Fierce and Fearless Women
There’s no shortage of fierce and fearless women in the world today. But sometimes, it can feel like you’re alone in your desire to be a strong woman. Here are three real-life role models to inspire you on your journey to reclaim your fierceness and remind you that you’re not alone…
Whitney Way Thore
Whitney became a sensation when her YouTube videos, A Fat Girl Dancing, went viral. The resulting media attention sparked Whitney to begin a movement called No Body Shame and even landed her a TV show titled My Big Fat Fabulous Life.
In a world where plus-sized women are often body shamed, Whitney is a fierce and fearless example of self-love and body positivity. Though she’s dealt with a fair amount of trolls, Whitney continues to bravely share her journey with the world, encouraging others to own who they are and become comfortable in their skin.
She also wrote a book about her experiences titled I Do It with the Lights On. In the book, she shares 10 life-lessons that enable her to live a shame-free life.
Malala was a young girl living in Pakistan. Her father was a teacher in charge of the village’s school. But everything changed in 2008 when the Taliban came into power. Along with other strict rules, girls were no longer allowed to attend school.
Although she was young, Malala felt the need to stand up for herself and other girls that were being deprived of an education. But her outspokenness came at a cost—she was shot in the head leaving school one day.
Miraculously, Malala recovered from her injuries and she refused to let the violence stop her. She went on to begin the Malala Fund with her father. The organization fights for the rights of girls everywhere to get an education.
To learn more about Malala and her story, you can read her riveting book, I Am Malala.
As a former First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama is so much more than a political figure. She is known around the world as a woman who champions women’s rights and stands up for the oppressed.
But she’s also humble and in touch with those she served. During her time in the White House, she often referred to herself as “Mom-in-Chief”.
Fiercely Setting an Example
Her notable accomplishments during her husband’s presidential career included launching the “Let’s Move!” campaign to solve the childhood obesity epidemic. Besides overhauling school lunches with healthy alternatives, the program also gives free or deeply discounted meals to school children living in poverty.
Michelle was influential in starting the “Joining Forces” initiative to support U.S. troops and their families. This initiative sought to provide education for loved ones of soldiers as well as new employment opportunities for veterans.
Recently, she published her memoir, Becoming, which went on to become a best-seller. In the book, Michelle chronicles the journey of her life, from her childhood and her career as a lawyer before diving into her time in the White House.
You Can Be Fierce Too
You don’t have to be a politician or a viral sensation to become a fierce and fearless woman. There are many paths to being fearless and fierce, and it doesn’t matter which one you take. What’s important is that you enjoy the journey and learn about yourself as you go.
How Can You Be Fierce Right Now?
Nicole had been in an emotionally abusive relationship for years. When she left, she had to start the process of rebuilding her entire life. Most days, she felt fragile as glass and feared she’d been permanently broken.
A supportive friend encouraged Nicole to see herself differently. “You’re not damaged or broken. You’re fierce and fearless. It takes a warrior to live through what you did and survive. You’re stronger than you’re giving yourself credit for.”
As a kidney transplant recipient, I can totally relate.
Reclaim Your Fierceness After Adversity
It doesn’t matter whether it was a bad day, a horrific marriage, health issue, or the loss of a loved one, we all survive circumstances that leave us feeling anything but strong. It’s easy to feel weak like you have hide who you are.
But with time and patience, you can reclaim your fierceness and own every part of your story….
Lean into Your Values
The first step to becoming fierce is to define your values. Whether you realize it or not, your values drive every decision you make.
If you look back at the moments in your life that you most regret, chances are you’ll see that you stepped on your values in some way. Maybe you said “yes” to a relationship, job, or commitment that wasn’t a good fit.
But defining your values can feel tricky. There are hundreds of different values, and you want the ones you choose to be true to you. That’s where a course like My Values Workshop can be helpful.
Focus on What You Want
What you focus on often expands. This is great when you’re focused on values that matter to you and inspire you to be your best self.
But it’s easy to get into the habit of focusing on the negative. The more you say things like, “I don’t have enough time” or “I can never afford anything nice” or “I’m not fierce”, the more these things become your truth. You live them out even if you don’t want to.
Have an Opinion
When someone else asks you where you want to go to eat or what to do with an empty Friday night, you don’t pipe up. You say something like, “I don’t care. Whatever you want to do is fine by me.”
Maybe you think this makes you easygoing or laid back. But often, the root behind a lack of opinion has more to do with not valuing yourself. You matter, too. Your thoughts and feelings matter, and your opinions count.
Own Who You Are
Be proud of who you are and what you stand for. Don’t let anyone stand in the way of you and your quest to reclaim your fierceness. If you’re an artist that sees the possibility in everything, honor that. Or if you’re the writer who spins stories to entertain yourself or others, honor that. If you’re the photographer that feels compelled to capture all of the special moments of your day, honor that.
Don’t shrink back, afraid to shine for fear someone else will be dimmed by your shadow. There’s more than enough light to go around!
Remember becoming fierce is about being willing to throw yourself into whatever you care about with intensity and passion. It’s about being your authentic self and owning your awesomeness. In other words, reclaim your fierceness.
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