Being Bold In A Scary World

It Takes Guts

boldWe all have experienced it. Some of you might be living it now. Truth be told, it is part of life’s challenges, one that stretches you possibly as much as it causes you pain and anguish sometimes. It has been known to prevent people from sleeping at nights, causing restlessness and even insomnia. Is there a cure? Indeed there is but it requires you to be bold.

If you build the guts to do something, anything, then you better save enough to face the consequences. ― Criss Jami

As technology advances and our world shrinks, some people are becoming more mean, focussed on getting their piece of the pie, so to speak, and in doing so, they cut down anything and anyone in their way. Some are quite bold in their approach, and kudos to them for going after what they want. You simply have to give that to them. The question is – are you equally bold to stand in your own power?

Bold Weekday Wisdom

Power and claiming your own was the focus on Weekday Wisdom© earlier this month and this week that is ending, members of this community were invited to do so boldly. The motivational email is sent to Subscribers every Monday through to Friday morning and is a daily dose of encouragement to help you through the week. You can start receiving your share when you subscribe to this blog. It is free and takes less than five minutes to get through first thing in the mornings. On Fridays, the week’s Wisdom is republished here so, if you missed any here is what was sent:

Living Boldly

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boldHave you ever had the experience of something great happening in your life and instead of congratulating you wholeheartedly, there is someone who chooses this as an opportunity to “correct” you?

Constructive criticism is great feedback to receive, however, do not be confuse it with someone throwing knives at you disguised as advice. When something wonderful comes to you, embrace it and step into it boldly despite snide remarks. That is the focus this week – how to live your life exactly how you desire without apologies.

This week, affirm:

“Tiptoeing through life hoping to make it safely to death is not my style. I choose to life boldly!”

Self-Pity No More!

“Certainly the most destructive vice if you like, that a person can have. More than pride, which is supposedly the number one of the cardinal sins – is self pity. Self pity is the worst possible emotion anyone can have. And the most destructive. It is, to slightly paraphrase what Wilde said about hatred, and I think actually hatred’s a subset of self pity and not the other way around – ‘ It destroys everything around it, except itself ‘.” Stephen Fry

Like him or not – Fry is right. Watch this video and when done, affirm:

“I feel good about myself even if the current circumstances are not the ideal. I feel good about myself because I know I can and will turn this around!”

Better Without Doubt

boldDoubt is one of those tricky words and emotion. It can serve you well or drag you down – depending on how you use it or if you allow it to use you. There are those who will implant seeds of doubt about your endeavours or you will do a good job yourself if you focus on what is not and not what can be.

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The proposition today is to use any doubt that arise in you – ride it to your greater “good,” those things that are on the path to peace, love, and fulfillment.


“Looking about me at the beauty and wonders of the world, I know that all things are indeed working together for me despite appearances. As I believe I see.”


“You must know nothing before you can learn something, and be empty before you can be filled. Is not the emptiness of the bowl what makes it useful? As for laws, a parrot can repeat them word for word. Their spirit is something else again. As for governing, one must first be lowest before being highest.” ― Lloyd Alexander

humbleHere is another oft misunderstood word – humility and so we replace it with emptying to avoid confusion about today’s affirmation:

” As I empty Myself of thoughts, words and behaviours that would superficially place me on lofty heights, my life rises to the mountaintops of peace, prosperity and Grace.”

Closing the work week, this affirmation will take you through the weekend, reminding you that only You can decide the shape of your future. Do not let anyone hold your writing instrument. Tell and live your own story as you affirm:
“I am my own hero/heroine!”

Remember, you can get these daily doses of Wisdom hot off the press when you subscribe and join our community. Hesitate no more and let us be bold together!


Claudette P. Esterine

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42 thoughts on “Being Bold In A Scary World

  1. I love being bold and I think it’s a great way to represent myself 🙂

    1. Ms Claudette

      Glad that you do, Rika! 🙂

  2. It is hard. It’s a journey to have a balance of boldness.
    Very good article.

  3. It’s so important to be bold, we often forget but in the end that bold acts will be the one that will define ourselves

    1. Ms Claudette

      Amen to that Amy! 🙂

  4. What a wonderfully worded post. I have had people try to criticize my success instead of being happy for me, its happy more time than I have liked. I try not to take it too personally because its really that person trying to project their failed success on you. Keep positive regardless if someone is throwing knives on you or not!

    1. Ms Claudette

      Amen to that Kiwi, amen! You are so right that it is naysayers own issues that they are projecting. We humans have a way of doing that. Thanks for the visit and sharing a great perspective 🙂

  5. Being bold is the way to go in this world where everyone wants to be seen.
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    1. Ms Claudette

      Not just to be seen but to be yourself. 🙂

  6. This post was action packed with a lot of wisdom! Self-pity and pride are both very interesting because they give us an incorrect view of self. Proper perspective is everything!

    1. Ms Claudette

      Yes, perspective is everything! Thanks Angie! 🙂

  7. Saw your blog and read the above article with your affirmation to be brave. Thanks for that. We are all afraid of stuff. Thought you might be interested in my blog at as “be brave, show more love” is also a saying I use.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment Carol! Thanks also for the link to your blog! 🙂

  8. Great read, it’s very important to be bold in life, even if it’s not easy sometimes to take a leap!

    1. Ms Claudette

      It indeed is not easy sometimes but try we can! 🙂

  9. Rosey

    I’m getting bolder, for sure. I have some hills left to climb. 🙂

    1. Ms Claudette

      Put on those hiking boots Rosey and let’s go! 🙂

  10. Debbie Denny

    Doubt is something people do have to deal with. Best to learn but not second guess yourself.

    1. Ms Claudette

      As tempting as it is not to do – second guess can be such a complete waste of time and energy.

  11. Perfect timing! I just had someone try to give me “constructive criticism” and it just wasn’t that. Great post!

    1. Ms Claudette

      I hear you so much on that Milena! They pretend and try to cover up their true intentions but their actions does speak louder. Thanks for the visit.

  12. Oh, my, I can so relate to the idea of accomplishing something and having someone point out the flaws!! Some people just seem naturally mean-spirited and can’t let a chance pass to be critical. Constructive criticism is one thing – criticizing simply to be mean is quite another.

    I’ve always said two people can address the same issue as a form of correction- yet it can come across completely different depending on HOW someone says it, and you can receive it much better from someone who is truly invested in helping you improve -than from someone who simply wants to criticize you.
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    1. Ms Claudette

      You are so right on that – about the true intentions of people that drive how they treat others achievements. Thanks for that insight! 🙂

  13. Elizabeth O.

    There’s nothing better than owning up to your skills, talents, capabilities, and more especially your achievements. You can never let people drag you down and never do something boldly, like taking that extra leap of faith.

    1. Ms Claudette

      No you can never allow that to happen – challenging as it might be. Thanks for that Elizabeth. 🙂

  14. Being human be be rough sometimes, but it’s always better to live in your truth.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Amen Clara, Amen! Thanks for visiting. 🙂

  15. Totally share this quote“I feel good about myself even if the current circumstances are not the ideal. I feel good about myself because I know I can and will turn this around!”. I feel the same. Thanks for sharing another great motivational post!

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you for visiting again Eugenia! Glad that you loved the post. 🙂

  16. Such a great read! It is so, so important to be bold in life!

  17. Nicole Escat

    So interesting and great read. Thank you for sharing!

  18. Being bold usually forces you to have to stand alone and that is never easy, but it is necessary <3

  19. There are times in our lives that we need to take that leap and be bold. I am some thing in mind that I really wanted to do and I am just taking that perfect time to do it. 🙂
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  20. Doubt is definitely tricky. It can make you scared to try things, or it can save you.

  21. I try to be mindful in my relationships with others. I try to send them only good intentions and hopefully they sent the same in return, but I have had some acquaintances whose intentions are mean.

    1. Ms Claudette

      We all have those experiences and they are not easy to acknowledge but that is key to clean up our vibes and so ward off the mean-spirited people. Thanks for that Marianne. 🙂

  22. Sometimes you have to be bold to get where you want in life. Being timid usually gets you nowhere.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Indeed – and just to be clear, being bold does not equate to being arrogant! Thanks so much for the visit Heather! 🙂

  23. I have had to deal with friends who I thoughts was uplifting me only was there to sharpen the knife. Les Brown and Eric is my favorite motivational speaker…He is correct tune out the critics. I am an independent person now was not always like this…Being disappointed too many times, was always fearful to try!
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    1. Ms Claudette

      Way to go Patrice – tuning out the critics whose only intention is to pull you down! 🙂

  24. I like that you have to be empty before being filled. Such a great way to look at this.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Glad that it resonated with you! 🙂

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