“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”
Bold people make a commitment and stick to it. Like Nike who took Goethe’s wisdom to another level with their Just Do It tag-line, it implies commitment, effort and tenacity. In short being bold takes courage to work through the process and not know the outcome. Sometimes we have to leap.
We admire bold people, they stand out in the crowd and often they’re leaders. They have presence and know where they’re headed. They’re people who have spent time looking inward. They have discovered their why – it’s what makes them bold. Each of us has the ability to be bold and courageous given the right set of circumstances. What turns bold into brave is the beauty of courage. I say beauty of courage because anyone can do it when life is on track. The beauty of courage kicks in when life knocks us about and we feel more vulnerable than we’d like others to notice.
I notice those who live with boldness and beauty have qualities I admire and I include them here.
- They have self-awareness: they are not limited by either their challenges or personality traits; they know when they’re playing outside their skill set and aren’t afraid to call in the experts; they know their WHY which gives them direction.
- They have a plan for action: they have figured out their HOW.
- Their priorities are signposted by their values and beliefs: they aren’t carried along by societal norms and have their own agenda; they are unaffected by the negative opinions of others.
When I know what I want and am prepared to embrace whatever it takes to get there I am also willing to accept the setbacks. Sometimes we need to be vulnerable enough to surrender to whatever it is that we really really really want.
Dreamers dream: the bold live. Anyone who has taken a step of faith will know that the smallest step creates momentum that is hard to stop when fuelled by purpose. Being bold is the catalyst for wondrous happenings. Its enthusiasm draws others in. Being bold is willing to evolve and be able to move past the need for others’ validation (which most of us crave but it is not a requirement for living boldly).
The BIG is the challenge
The BOLD is the courage and energy
The BEAUTIFUL is the adrenalin rush
There are numerous synonyms for bold. Take your pick: gamble, go ahead, stake, run the risk, try your hand, take heart, risk, speculate, venture, take a chance …
Has there been a time recently when you have taken a gamble on an issue, or tried your hand at something new? What prompted you to do something bold and how did it work out?
This month I am participating in the A-Z Challenge to write posts related to each letter of the alphabet. My theme is that of values – both lived and things that add value to my journey. You can find out more about the challenge here.