3 Reasons To Be Bold
On October 30th I took a step forward to be bold in my life. I signed up for a 6-week fitness challenge with the goal of dropping 20 pounds during it.
While this is my first ever fitness challenge, what really turned peoples heads was the fact that I had to place a bet on myself of $500 to do that – a substantial amount of money for me at this point in my life.
When I broke the news to my parents, they reacted much like how I thought they would. They were thinking I’d have better places to spend my money and that I shouldn’t throw all my money away like this.
But I don’t think that’s the case.
I’ve had a history of tendencies like these and this behaviour isn’t out of the ordinary for me. On top of that, this action is a bold action and when done properly can be a massive motivator and confidence grower.
I think that it’s important to take these bold steps for a variety of reasons. Those reasons mainly being that they are really good for you.
Being Bold Allows You To Relax
The first big reason to be bold is that it allows you to relax in a sense. When I made that leap, I certainly had some second thoughts at the time. I think that when we step out of our comfort zone in that way there will always be that hesitation.
“What if I don’t hit that goal?”
“What if the training injures me?”
For many of us we can hang onto those excuses and they affect our attitudes for the rest of our lives.
I know for myself when I had some more serious money issues I clung to multiple excuses for not making any money at all.
And guess where that put me?
Flat poor for several years. That is until I took the leap and made a serious change.
My point is that when we take a bold step we’re ignoring that voice in our head that is filled with anxiety and worries and “what if” questions. We’re moving past that and telling ourselves “Hey, it’s going to be alright.”
Being Bold Allows Us To Focus On What Really Matters
I like to see bold steps as voluntarily steps towards a “sink or swim situation.” These situations are either you eventually stay afloat by putting in effort or do nothing and sink to the bottom.
Regardless of both scenarios, it’s going to be a struggle.
You’ll struggle to stay a float if you’re sinking.
You’ll struggle to learn to “swim” after being thrown into whatever environment you created for yourself.
I enjoy situations like these because regardless of what scenario you are in, you’ll focus on what really matters to you.
For my own life this comes in the form of a question:
“How serious are you to look after your health?”
This is a meaningful question to me because up to this point I’ve been working on dropping weight for a while. And up to this point, there has been very little progress.
In short, I was a hypocrite in terms of my health
This fact kept me pinned down in terms of my health. I didn’t think it was right for me to talk about better health while being unhealthy. It’s also why I spoke more about my health instead.
Anyway, when you decide to be bold, the spotlight is going to be on you and you have to make the decision of what really matters.
Are you going to sink with your values?
Or are you going to strengthen them because they mean so much to you?
You decide. And that decision can help you to realize many things.
Being Bold Washes Fears Away
One remedy to fear I didn’t fully cover is to be bold with your decisions. As the saying goes:
“If you’re scared to do it, it’s probably the right thing to do.”
There are many other quotes pertaining to that aspect such as “opportunities lies on the other side of fear” amongst many others.
But like I mentioned above, being bold has a way of actually soothing me and reassuring myself. I believe this is the same for others who do take the chance to do these bold steps too.
This isn’t to say that fear is completely eliminated or never present. As mentioned above, I feel that at the beginning is probably the toughest part because you need to convince yourself. That’s not easy to do.
Especially if you have outside sources whom you respect and look up to and tell you that what you did wasn’t a good idea.
But as time goes on and you focus on what you want to get done and start to grow, you’ll find that your fears slowly wash away. What’s even better is even if that path isn’t right for you, the confidence you gained from the experience won’t wash away.
I know this because I still tell stories about the time I dropped a stable job to pursue writing. There’s also my Katimavik experience. It involves me travelling across Canada and living with strangers.
Those opportunities – while seemingly silly on the surface- are still in my heart as fantastic experiences. After all, they are experiences where I stepped out of my comfort zone and changed my life forever.
Be Bold Today
While you don’t need to pull a stunt like I did, I think that it’s still important to take a few of those large steps in our lives. Especially if you are feeling stuck right now. A bold step can really mix things up. Furthermore it can create some great opportunities you otherwise never would’ve had.
So what’s been causing you to stall out lately?
And what sort of step should you take?
Answer those questions and get out and take that bold step. I know you got this!
To your development!
Eric S Burdon