“Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it!”- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Goethe sure had a way with words. But how do you turn inspiration into action? Good news, you can LEARN to be bold. With boldness comes confidence, direction and courage as well as genius, power and magic. Not a bad incentive, right?
Own Your Flaws AND Strengths. Spend a little time getting to know yourself. Ask friends or relatives if you want the perspective of others who love you. Knowing what you’re good at and what you need help with allows you to build partnerships to get where you want to go. Plus, being self-aware gives you confidence. Yes, you have weaknesses. We all do. But you also have incredible abilities.
Set Clear Priorities. Figure out what you really want to accomplish. Be bold for a purpose. If you’re inspired and passionate, you’ll be more willing to take risks. Why invest yourself in something you don’t care about? Why act hastily for something that really matters to you? Have objectives and a plan.
Put Fear in Its Place. You will feel fear. Everyone does. That doesn’t mean you should avoid things that frighten you but neither do you have to conquer every fear you have. Invite fear into your life with wisdom. If leaping out of a plane frightens you, but it’s not holding you back from your dreams, you don’t have to go skydiving. But if public speaking frightens you, and you dream of being a motivation speaker, then you DO need to work on it. Feel the fear, prepare yourself, build your skills, take a class, practice in a safe environment, and move through your fear to do what you truly want to do.
Value Failure. Everyone fails. It’s tough, but it’s also a part of being human and challenging yourself. Thomas Edison put it in perspective: “I haven’t failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Each time you fail, you learn. One of the things you learn is that failure isn’t permanent unless you give up. Get up, instead, and try again with a newer, smarter plan.
Be Honest, Not Perfect. You don’t have to be anything or anyone other than who you are in order to succeed. Let yourself be vulnerable and honest with yourself and your allies. “Fake it till you make it” isn’t as powerful – or as bold – as being authentic. Plus, your honesty will inspire others to step up and be fully themselves as well.
Relive Your Victories. Focus on the successes, even when small. Replay your wins like a game tape in your head. Praise yourself, even if it’s just with your own thoughts. Take ownership of the times you have been bold. Publicize them. Those little victories will add up, and remind you that you CAN succeed.
How do you plan on being bold today?