Do you consider yourself bold or someone who goes for it with passion in life? Some of us do, but most people I know and work with, myself included, admit that they don’t often think of themselves as a bold person. Or, if we’ve done or said bold things in our lives, they seem to be few and far between…and they also seem to scare us half to death. Hence, we often don’t find ourselves going for it in our work and our life – or not nearly as much as we’d like (especially these past few years).
Being bold, when scared or uncertain is essential if we want to live an authentic, successful, and fulfilling life. Boldness is about stepping up and stepping out onto the edge in life – pushing the limits of what we think is possible or appropriate. It’s about living, speaking, and acting in ways that are both courageous and true to who we really are.
Because we’re all unique, our individual versions of boldness will look quite different. Something that might be bold for me, may not be so for you – or vice versa. Going for it has to do with us getting in touch with our deepest truths, passions, and desires in life and then having the courage to live and act out loud in a way that is congruent with this.
Here are five key reminders of what it takes to be bold and go for it in life:
1. Be True to Yourself
Tell and live your truth with courage, vulnerability, and commitment. We must also remain in a constant inquiry with ourselves about who we are and what’s important to us. It’s okay and necessary in this process to admit when we’ve made a mistake, gone off course, or done something that’s out of integrity for ourselves, as well as if we feel totally lost (which we will be at times). Being true to who we are is about being ruthlessly honest and forgiving with ourselves (and with others) in a way that is both fierce and compassionate.
2. Live with Passion
Passion comes from within us, not from the external circumstances, events, activities, or people in our lives. Being bold is about going for it, not holding back, and giving ourselves fully to our work, our relationships, and our lives. To do this we must generate authentic passion, which is both a powerful emotion as well as a state of being true to our goals.
3. Step Out
Challenge yourself to say and do things that are outside of your comfort zone and that scare you. This will force you to “step out” in your life and step towards being who you really are. We often don’t think we’re “ready”, we sometimes don’t know exactly what we’re supposed to do, and we almost never have a guarantee that things will work out the way we want them to. So what!
“Jump, and build your wings on the way down.”Ray Bradbury
4. Never Hesitate to Take Help When You are in Trouble
Support, inspiration, and accountability from other people are essential along our journey of boldness and authenticity. We can’t do it all by ourselves. It gets imperative that we reach out to others who believe in us as they will tell us the truth, and can help us when we get stuck. Create a “dream team” of powerful and supportive people around you with whom you can share your hopes, dreams, and ideas. And, be willing to ask for and receive their support, contribution, and generosity.
5. When You Fall Down, Get Back Up
It’s important to make peace with the fact that you will fall down, probably a lot, if you’re really going for it and playing big in life. How we respond to falling down is what truly makes the difference in our lives. When we make a commitment to ourselves to get back up, dust ourselves off, be real about how we feel for what happened, and not let it stop us from being who we are and going for what we want – we tap into what true power, boldness, and authenticity are all about!
Today, I invite you to join me in being divinely bold, motivating others to do the same. Be a model of courage and commitment. It starts with your everyday decisions. We all know that tomorrow is not promised. Do the things in your heart today – don’t wait. Be prepared for greatness, remembering that faith is belief plus action. Don’t take the easy way out. Choose what you feel you have to do to live authentically. Make a statement with your life.
“Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it. Begin it now!”Goethe
- Make a Life List – Write down all of the things you want to accomplish in your life.
- Decide what you will accomplish this year – Then, decide what you will accomplish in the next 3 months.
- Prepare yourself – Do whatever you need to do to be ready to live your dream. If you want to run a marathon, then start training today. If you want to launch a business, then start saving today.
- Go for it – Take the first step… and then the next, and the next. Greatness is built over time!
Say these things to yourself repeatedly to seek the boldness and affirmative attitude.
Today, I live with boldness.
I do not let fear or doubt hold me back. I live a life of adventure and not regret. I step out in faith, taking action to achieve my vision. Whatever I do, I do it fully.
Today, I live with boldness.
Whatever you are willing to do in your life, do it right now “step out” and go for what you really want in a bold fashion.
“The way of the superior person is threefold: virtuous, they are free from anxieties; wise they are free from complexities; and bold they are free from fear.”Confucius
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