Boldness 101 - An Introduction to Living Boldly
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Today, we will be slowly peeling back the curtain of boldness.
What does it take to be bold? What does it mean? What mindsets and actions can you take starting right now?
I was pretty pumped up to write this as you soon will be able to tell.
Because of this very special occasion between us unconventional folks I have decided to drop massive wisdom bombs all over your screen…
We are going to talk about something that get’s my blood flowing more than anything else…
“Fear comes from uncertainty; we can eliminate the fear within us when we know ourselves better.” – Bruce Lee
Sadly Bruce has passed away before I had a chance to clarify as to how we can even begin to know ourselves better.
What are your fears?
How are they showing up in your life? How are you avoiding them?
Let’s start by taking a couple of baby steps in the right direction and understand that your fear dissipates once a bold action is taken.
I have checked out the definition from multiple dictionaries and each has slightly different versions, which I have combined to create this:
Boldness is the ability to take risks.
Boldness requires you to use your courage muscle.
Boldness is acting despite possible danger.
Boldness means to do what is right by your moral code.
Boldness means living with integrity.
Boldness gives you permission to risk failure in one’s effort to do what is right.
Boldness requires one thing.
It requires action.
*Action is a requirement to living boldly. *
Imagine having a first aid kit in your car and spending months memorizing the entire label and instruction manual back to cover.
What good does that do for you?
You can only learn once you decide to take action and open up the antiseptic spray and put a freaking Band-Aid on.
You can apply this type of thinking to every area of your life…
Let’s wake up shall we?
It all starts with bold action. Cool?
Let’s pick up the pace…
A brisk walk perhaps? Sweet.
Question: “How can I take bold action in face of my fears?”
Well, great question indeed anonymous!
Fearless TRUTH #1:
“In order to carry a positive action we must develop a positive vision.” – Dalai Lama
Bliss. Passion. Mission. Path. Purpose. Quest. Vision.
Call it what you want but I’m sure you have heard of this…
As my man, Joseph Campbell says, “follow your bliss”.
Follow what creates more joy in your life…Do more of what makes you happy!
It’s time to be a troublemaker.
In order to take any type of bold action when your fear shows up in your life, you must know what you want.
If you do not have any type of clarity on this then stop reading and take out your handy dandy journal.
If you don’t know the answer to these questions take some time (don’t worry we will still be here when you get back)…
Who am I?
What do I want my life to look like in 90 days, 1 year, 5 years?
What would you do if you weren’t afraid?
If you had only 6 months to live, what would you do?
If you’re anything like me, this type of journaling is actually very intimidating and easy to resist.
Take a couple hours out of your day (pro tip: go into nature) and journal on these questions.
*Remember that your path/purpose right now is different than it was one year ago and will be different than it is right now. As you take bold action and stay on your current path/reality it ends up peeling back layer by layer of your onion (your mission in life) and you become more and more clearer and what you were born to accomplish in this life as you get closer and closer to your core.
What does having a vision have to do with bypassing your fears?
When you know what you really want, when you understand the gift that you can bestow on others, when all this becomes clear.
All roadblocks are obvious… the vision provides a massive level of motivation to take bold action in face of your fears.
Fearless TRUTH #2:
Let’s pick up the pace now…
Maybe a light jog? Cool.
You will feel fear. You will have lots of pain. These are signs your getting closer and closer to the action you should be taking.
Since you are such an action taker already and because you have made it this far in this article I shall drop yet another wisdom bomb JUST for you…
The Boldness Paradigm Shift…
I have to say that since fully accepting this mindset, my life has changed dramatically.
Hear me out…
From now as a byproduct of your commitment to taking bold action, any type of result or outcome you create is now just data.
There is no good or bad. It just is. It is just data.
Every bold action you take…
Everything that happens in your life from now on is data. Every time you decide to face your fears, accept your pain and take bold action…
You will receive nothing more than some data.
Outcomes no longer exist…
This boldness mindset enables you to positively detach yourself from any outcomes, gives you permission to take massive action in light of your fears/pains and receive powerful data, which in return allows you to have incredible personal growth.
“Any action is often better than no action, especially if you have been stuck in an unhappy situation for a long time. If it is a mistake, at least you learn something, in which case it’s no longer a mistake. If you remain stuck, you learn nothing.” – Eckhart Tolle
Our inability to bypass our fear is what’s stopping us from reaching our potential.
We all have a duty to become successful in our life. We all have a duty to give great service to the world. We all have a duty to make a difference.
My dream is for someone to read this and decide to take bold action in face of their fears.
My dream is to have everyone living purposefully and not letting their fears stop them from actualizing their potential.
These are my top tips I tell my private clients to sort of ‘fall in love’ with pain and fear…
1) Breathe Mothafucka!
I’m not here to teach you the benefits of meditation, hopefully, by this point you already know. If not check out some other great articles on this website for all your meditation inquiries.
For this specific way, I want you to understand that the difference between fear and excitement is just lack of breathe.
Next time you are nervous, feeling any sort of fear in the midst of taking bold action. Take a deep breath; unclench your jaw (put your tongue on the top of your mouth) and relax your body.
Feel the fear turn to excitement…
Feel the flow of energy pulsing through you…
Love this moment. Channel this energy.
Smile confidently then continue to dominate your next action.
On to the next…
2) Fire. Ready. Aim.
1, 2, 3 DO IT!
This is the #1 way to move past indecision. The longer you think about the task at hand the more likely your brain convinces you to do not take any action.
Do not even give your thoughts a chance. Take action.
Take bold action (fire), then get ready than you learn from all the data and keep fucking going.
It’s that simple.
3) THE EDGE
Fear doesn’t need conquering any more, fear tells you where the edge is, fear is a good thing.
Start becoming excited when you feel this sensation and take a tiny bit of bold action to rid you of the dreaded comfort zone.
Use these 3 small techniques in your upcoming boldness battles.
If you are reading these articles and investing in yourself you are already far from being average.
However…you cannot reach your potential without this secret sauce.
I cannot make an omelet without eggs…
You cannot actualize what you MUST BE without taking bold action in face of your fears.
Our adventure is coming to a close…
We warmed up together, walked briskly…
You tried to outrun me… (We know how that went)
I honestly broke a sweat…
Seriously… You had me going back there
My last thought for you is this:
Imagine a door to a room…
Inside this room holds your purpose, destiny and everything you could possibly want on the other end…
This door has a special key that opens it…
This special key is taking bold action amongst your fears and pains…
You don’t have to enter the room. Actually people rarely do…
It’s up to you and you alone.
Do you want to enter the room and become great?
Or step backward into mediocrity…
I know my choice…
See you inside champ.
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