Living Boldly

Live more boldly.

How do you do that?

It’s not about taking big risks. Big risks mean a slight chance of huge success and a high probability of catastrophic failure.

Living more boldly means recognizing that many of your fears are false. That some of the things that seem risky actually aren’t that risky. Living boldly means pushing aside false fear.

There are times to take big risks. Risks that may even lead to catastrophic failure. If your daughter is about to be hit by a car you’re going to put yourself in harms way. Even if the likelihood of saving her is low. You’re going to do it anyway, because it has to be done. You have to at least try to save her.

That type of risk is a lot different from taking on huge amounts of debt, or moving your family to a war zone, or gambling large sums at a casino, etc. That’s not living boldly. That’s living foolishly.

Many of our false fears are related to what other people think of us. We hold back because we’re afraid of what people might think (and we sometimes take big foolish risks for the same reason). Living boldly is the ability to overcome false narratives. And it’s the ability to do what needs to be done, even if we might fail. Even if people will laugh at us, or be angry, or be envious, etc.