Last week, I shared what a bold true life means to me… but I couldn’t shake this nagging feeling that something was missing from the post. As I continued thinking about it through the week, I realized that I wasn’t fully satisfied with my definition. When I was writing that post, defining the concept of a bold true life on a broad scale felt too overwhelming. So instead, I decided to focus on describing my personal experience with it. After a few days of reflection though, a more clear and applicable definition came to me.
A bold true life is one that’s dedicated to living on and with purpose.
I don’t know why I couldn’t come up with this definition sooner, but I guess last week’s blog post was meant to be published without it. And having to revisit the concept actually sets us up nicely for this week’s topic.
Purpose is the key element in this new definition because cultivating a bold true life requires clarity around it. Having a clear sense of purpose leads to a clear sense of direction. We’ve got to know what we want before we can go about getting it. And if we’re not sure what “it” is yet, there’s a pretty straightforward way to figure it out.
The question is simple, yet bold: What do I want?
It could be what you want for the year, the week, or just for today. What really matters is that you’re taking the time to think about it. Because within your answer is the roadmap to your bold true trail.
Sometimes, even considering what you want takes a lot of courage. The process of turning it into a reality requires even more.
Pursuing a heart’s calling is the most exhilarating and terrifying adventure one can embark on.
I’ve been scared every single time that I let my intuition guide the way. In some cases, I knew what I wanted for years before finally doing it. I couldn’t let go of those ideas, but they felt so out of reach… too far outside of my comfort zone. Looking back on those situations, I realize that I needed time to prepare. To work my way up on the courage scale and gather the proof that I could, in fact, do it.
It’s ok to move slowly… as long as you’re moving. Every step gets you a little closer to where you’re going.
In her book, The Gifts of Imperfection, Brene Brown shares one of the best pieces of advice that I’ve ever read regarding courage. She says: “Courage is like—it’s a habitus, a habit, a virtue: You get it by courageous acts. It’s like you learn to swim by swimming. You learn courage by couraging.”
Courage takes practice! Doing the scary things is definitely not easy, but each experience makes it just a little bit easier. The anxiety gets less and less debilitating over time. As your capacity for courage grows, the control fear once had reduces. Slowly, you start to get comfortable with the idea of getting out of your comfort zone.
When the scary thoughts do come up, knowing your purpose comes in handy. Having this clarity about what you want will keep you focused and on track. Because you’ll have a bigger picture to look at… one that goes beyond the fear.
When the path feels dark and scary, a clear sense of purpose helps light the way.
So I’ll end today’s post with the same question I asked near the beginning What do YOU want?
Peace and blessings,
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This is the question that we have to revisit again and again.