Blog Challenge: Day 3 – Be Bold

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets: 

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it!”
~ William Hutchison Murray

I love this line: the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. When we are bold the universe notices and sends all sorts of gifts: awesome allies, sudden synchronicities, unexpected magic.

But you have to be willing to act. And to be afraid. And to take the first step anyway.

Being bold doesn’t mean you are not fearful, or doubtful. Sometimes when we are bold we feel invincible, and sometimes we feel fragile. Being bold means taking that first step, even if it is shaky, and committing to go for it 100 percent.

How do you work up to being big and bold? Start where you are. Take small risks… and what feels risky differs from person to person. Don’t compare yourself to what you think bold means; ask yourself what would be a bold action for me today? No matter how small the action is, once you’ve taken it celebrate your boldness! Then commit to another bold action. Grow your capacity for boldness day by day.

Here is one of my favorite videos on being bold:

5 thoughts on “Blog Challenge: Day 3 – Be Bold

  1. Thank you, Heather for so much…as well as this blog today and the video above!!

    Firewalking with you at Sounds Tue last Spring 2016 was one of my first moves to begin being bold! Thank you for that experience, its springboard effect and the reminder with your blog today!!!

    Filled with Continued Gratitude & Appreciation!!

    Thank you for Gracing my life in the most Beautiful and rofound ways!!!

    Much Love,

  2. Thank you for this. The video was amazing. I recall one of my friends once telling me (and there is a lot more to the story than this statement): “If you’re gonna take a position, you can’t waiver” and that’s what I needed to hear at that moment. There have been times in my life I’ve been bold, and other times I feel more timid. I’d like to feel the boldness more often!

  3. Today, I was bold when I spoke openly and honestly abut my spiritual beliefs with someone who does not believe what I believe. I walk a pagan path and have feared sharing my beliefs with those who are more Christian. This was frightening at first. It went much better than I thought it would.

    I am enjoying your lessons this week. Thank you for all that you do.

  4. Dearest HeatherAsh,

    Thank you for your amazing teachings and boldness in offering them.

    It was wonderful being part of your “Awaken Your Inner Fire” talk at BookWoman that snowy Thursday night in Austin last year. Very profound! Although I was initially VERY reluctant to embrace my true work word, I’m now boldly stepping into being “love.”

    I’m stepping into boldness as I fully embrace and practice my spiritual paths of the Divine Feminine / Mother Earth, and Shambhala buddhism. Boldly I’m using more sacred elements in my art works, and embuing them with blessings and magick.

    Love the video!

    with love and deep gratitude,

  5. I have been dancing around going back to yoga for months, not only yoga, but any kind of body movement in general. I am about 60 pounds overweight and tired of it, but have been allowing my fear of being judged or not being able to move the way I used to get in the way of my basic enjoyment of just moving in my body. I took a deep breath and walked into a studio that I have been wanting to try, only to find the people there kind and encouraging and the vibe of the studio very positive. I left with my head high and my shoulders back in a way that I have not felt them in a long time. Then I went straight to my chiropractor!

    Monica, thank you for sharing your concern about telling others about your spiritual practices. I am pagan as well and I totally get it. You should be proud of yourself and I am so grateful that you shared this — it helps me feel more open about who I am.

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