Does living boldly mean jumping out of an airplane, running for office, and embracing new ideas, experiences, and people? Yes and no. Wait for what…? Yes, it means those things and no, it doesn’t mean those things. Oh boy, why did you start reading this post, right!!! Calma Calma! Yes, it can mean those things or no it doesn’t mean those things. Are you even more confused? Bottom-line, it means doing whatever is bold for you. For some people being bold may be jumping out of an airplane, whereas for others it may mean speaking in front of a crowd. I learned that being bold for me meant putting myself into situations that would typically induce anxiety, such as speaking in front of a crowd, going to a networking event alone, volunteering to chair a committee, etc. As you can see, being bold for me involves stepping outside of my comfort zone and letting my voice be heard. To be clear, jumping out of an airplane would be a bold move for me. I just believe that being bold should ultimately result in my growth, not just my need to clean underpants.
Living boldly requires us to live a life with no regrets. This does not mean living dangerously with a flagrant disregard for the law or the wellbeing of other people. It does mean living with the understanding that all our decisions good, bad, and ugly should be lessons we use to propel us forward on this journey called life. Wow, I just felt all Zen and Buddha-like!
To live a bold life will involve you overcoming the word “no”. As you set your sights on loftier and loftier goals, there will always – ALWAYS – be people who say no. Living boldly will require you to find ways to move past the no’s to get to the person who will help or guide you in achieving those goals. So this means that you must have patience and persistence. Thomas Edison said that “our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” I challenge you to keep going when you face the no.
Lastly, keep reminding yourself of your goal to live boldly and why you began this quest in the first place. If it were easy, then everyone would be doing it. If it were easy, you would not be contemplating whether your goal is even worth it.
The final word… Celebrate the journey. Live a life that you can be proud of. When it gets difficult, push a little harder until you are refocused and begin to achieve the bold life you desire.