Go For It – The Power of Boldness

February 17, 2011

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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, while scary and challenging for many of us, is essential if we’re going to live an authentic, successful, and fulfilling life.  Boldness is about stepping up and stepping out onto our “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:

– 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 with ourselves, as well as if we feel totally lost (which we will 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.

– 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 as well.

– 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 in to 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.  So what!  As Ray Bradbury famously said, “Jump, and build your wings on the way down.”

– Lean on Others – Support, inspiration, and accountability from other people are essential along our journey of boldness and authenticity.  We can’t do it all by ourselves and it’s imperative that we reach out to others who believe in us, 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.

– 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 and 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!

What are you willing to do in your life right now to “step out” and go for what you really want in a bold way.   Share your thoughts, ideas, insights, actions, and more on my blog below.

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  1. Thank you for this timely message…at this moment I am writing a Living Eulogy celebrating the life continuum of my mother, Juliet Nightingale. She left her body 2 yr.s ago on 28 February and it has been my experience that she has changed forms and now we have a new relationship. In this eulogy I will share a few of these experiences and integrate her life continuum as a Soul…Death is a season, not an endpoint…I have inherited her website and feel a great calling to which I am now stepping up to meet. As she taught me and I will continue to teach, we must learn to acknowledge, trust, and tell the truth to ourselves about our own intimate multi-dimensional experience. Thank you for listening…being bold today! 🙂

  2. Being Bold… Something I’ve been working on in my job search. I recently started going into business’s in my hometown, dressed for an interview and inquiring about hiring. It’s definetly been out of my comfort zone.

  3. I especially liked this part:

    “Jump, and build your wings on the way down.”

    I am a few weeks away from leaving my job of 15 years to be a business owner and to lean into the strengths and insight that I know God has given me.

    Time to be bold!

  4. Awesome article – so true! I have been known to be a bit too BOLD at times and it has always worked out for the true me! Try it – then get back up and try it again! Thanks Mike!

  5. Dear Mike,
    This article is insightful, hit me to the bottom. Its been a while that I move to new workplace and I feel I lost my boldness, as new workplace is totally different from my previous agile working environment. I will use these tips to help me to back up and try it again and find my authenticity. Realise that I am not only a team member, but also a team player that have contribution to success..

    Best regards from Jakarta 🙂

  6. Mike

    Thanks for the article. I totally agree with you. We need someone that is there to encourage, motivate, walk a long side us, and hold us accountable. It is very difficult to achieve our goals all on our own.

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