What does being bold mean to you?
Bold people are daring and courageous—they're not afraid to break the rules. They have their own identity and are willing to express it.
Are you that type of person?
Do you consider yourself bold?
Some of us do, but most people I know and work with, myself included, admit that they don’t often think of themselves as bold.
Even when some of us have moments of boldness, these moments can be scary and are often few/far between.
Why is this?
Because we sometimes don’t have the courage to be bold or we don’t find ourselves going for it in our work and our life—or not nearly as much as we’d like (especially during these difficult times).
Being bold is essential to living a fulfilling life
While scary and challenging for many of us, being bold is essential if we’re going to live an authentic, successful, and fulfilling life. Boldness is about stepping up and stepping out onto our edge in life—pushing the limits of what we think is possible or even appropriate.
It’s about living, speaking, and acting in ways that are both courageous and true to who we are.
Because we’re all unique, our individual versions of boldness will look quite different.
Something that might be bold for me may not be so for you—or vice versa. Going for it has to do with us getting in touch with our deepest truths, passions, and desires in life and then having the courage to live and act out loud in a way that is congruent with this.
5 Tips On How to Be Bold
Here are five key reminders of what it takes to be bold and go for it in life:
1. Be True to Yourself
A part of being bold includes having the ability to honor yourself, your emotions, and the things you believe in.
Tell and live your truth with courage, vulnerability, and commitment.
Think about who you are and what is important to you. Don’t be afraid to admit when you’ve made a mistake, gone off course, or done something that’s out of integrity for yourself.
Remember that we all feel lost at times. Being true to who we are is about being ruthlessly honest and also forgiving ourselves (and others) fiercely and compassionately.
2. Live with Passion
Passion comes from within us, not from the external circumstances, events, activities, or people in our lives.
Being bold is about going for it, not holding back, and giving ourselves fully to our work, relationships, and lives.
To be bold, we must live with passion and be true to that passion.
3. Step Out
Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself.
Say and do things that are outside of your comfort zone. Do things that scare you.
When you start to challenge yourself, you force yourself to step out in life and to step more fully into who you really are.
Sometimes when we try to step out of our comfort zone, we get scared. We don’t think we’re ready, we sometimes don’t know exactly what we’re supposed to do, and we rarely have a guarantee that things will work out. So what.
As Ray Bradbury famously said, “Jump and build your wings on the way down.”
4. Create a Dream Team
Never be afraid to ask for support and lean on others. Sometimes our support systems are what can help us get through challenging times.
Support, inspiration, and accountability from other people are essential along our journey of boldness and authenticity.
You can’t do it all by yourself, which is why it is so important to understand when to reach out to others who believe in you, will tell you the truth, and can help you when you get stuck.
Create a “dream team” of powerful and supportive people around you with whom you can share your hopes, dreams, and ideas. Be willing to ask for and receive their support, contribution, and generosity.
5. When You Fall, Get Back Up
We all fall - and that’s okay.
It’s essential to make peace with the fact that you will fall, probably a lot, especially if you’re going for it and playing big in life.
How we respond to falling down is what truly makes the difference in our lives. How we get back up when we fall is how we become bold.
When we’re willing to get back up, dust ourselves off, be honest about how we feel, and not let it stop us from going for what we want – we tap into what true power, boldness, and authenticity are all about!
What are you willing to do in your life right now to step out and go for what you want boldly? Share your thoughts, ideas, insights, actions, and more on my blog below.
I have written five books about the importance of trust, authenticity, appreciation, and more. In addition, I deliver keynotes and seminars (both in-person and virtually) to empower people, leaders, and teams to grow, connect, and perform their best. Finally, as an expert in teamwork, leadership, and emotional intelligence, I teach techniques that allow people and organizations to be more authentic and effective. Find out more about how I can help you and your team achieve your goals today. You can also listen to my podcast here.
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This article was published on February 17, 2011, and updated for 2021.