The advice is to have the courage and be ‘bold enough’ to follow your passions, but what does that even entail? What are you brave enough to do? How can you get started? And when can you expect to see the fruits of your bravery? Everything you need to know, and then some, is in this manual. This guide will walk you through each step of the process, from deconstructing the definition of bold enough to implementing it in your life.
Doing what you enjoy is not always easy, but it is extremely rewarding. So, whenever you have the opportunity, step outside of your comfort zone and do something that scares you. It’ll be scary at first, but getting to know yourself better, including your likes and dislikes, will give you strength you never knew you had. This will encourage you to keep taking risks and living an authentically bold life. Shame can take many forms: shame about your body, shame about your age, shame about not having children or a partner, shame about not making enough money. Shame is dangerous because it silences us; when we’re ashamed of who we are or what we do, it can be difficult to share our story with others. It is only by accepting ourselves as whole people who are deserving of joy that we can free ourselves from the chains of shame and begin living our lives without fear.
We all have defining moments in life, times when we look back and say, That’s when everything changed. But how many of us are brave enough to share those experiences? Put yourself to the test and try to identify your top three defining moments. Be as objective as possible. Surround yourself with people who celebrate your journey. Find mentors in your community who can help you achieve your goals. You’re not alone in figuring out how to be authentic, but others can support you by celebrating where you’re at and helping keep you from self-sabotage. Mentors can also help you stay on track when life gets busy or tough. Find a mentor who is not only willing to help you, but also has the skills you need; don’t settle for someone because of their title or willingness; make sure they have the chops to back it up!
Fear of what others will think, fear of being different, fear of saying something that isn’t politically correct are all common reasons we hide our true selves from the world. Our fears don’t have any power if we don’t give them energy. Be Bold has platforms for giving advice and conducting interviews on how to be authentically bold and change your life by changing your mind, in part because being bold is more than a mindset; it’s a toolkit. Our book, podcast, and conferences equip people with strategies, methods, and tips they can use immediately to live an authentic, fulfilling life.