Every Bold Act Counts: 17 Tips to Get Your Courage On

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You might not think of yourself as a bold person but you are. I’ll bet you could reflect on your life and come up with numerous bold moments and actions. 

You don’t need to do epic things to be bold. You don’t have to live a life of grand adventure, travel around the world or learn five languages. Those things are wonderful and work for some people. 

Every bold act counts: 

  • When you stand up for something you believe in.

  • When you apologize to you have hurt. 
  • When you create boundaries and empower yourself.

  • When you walk away from gossip and negativity.

You get the picture. I want you to begin to see yourself as a bold person. When you’re afraid, react with courage and confidence. You know how; you have done it a million times. It’s time to own it.

Give yourself credit for getting this far in life. Honor and celebrate who you are and what you have done so far. I’m sure you have gotten through some difficult things. I’m sure you have done wonderful things for others. It’s all bold! 

Use the following tips to continue to grow your courage and confidence. 

1. Be a promise-keeper. Write down what you promise others. Follow through.

2. You are responsible for everything that’s right and wrong in your world. If you don’t like it, change it.

3. Recognize your projections. Your problems are never about someone else. If you spot it, you got it.

4. Motivate yourself. I have been feeling low lately. I decided to change things up and run a ½ marathon. I paid my entrance fee. I’m committed.

5. Hire a coach. Life is short. Get the help you need, move forward and do great things.

6. Change the negative stories you tell yourself. Let the past go. Let the fear go. Create a new story. Make it amazing and beautiful.

7. Laugh at your fear. Tell fear you’ll get back to it next Tuesday. Go do something worthwhile.

8. Don’t take things personally. What other people do is about them. How you react is about you.

9. Make a choice to be a loving and kind person today. Check in with yourself to see how you’re doing. Make deliberate, loving choices. 

10. Drop the drama. Rethink your problems. Most of our problems are only minor inconveniences.

11. Have the difficult conversations, face-to-face. Leave texting for the less serious issues. Take the high road.

12. Have the guts to apologize. When you’re wrong, admit it. Let go of the need to be right.

13. Be a generous person. Begin now, especially if you think you don’t have enough. 

14. Shift your perception about failure. It’s not a bad thing. Learn from what went wrong and regroup. Keep trying. Eventually you will succeed. 

15. Always go the extra mile. It’s a good and honest way to stand out from the crowd.

16. Uplift others when they are down. Be compassionate.  Take a walk in somebody else’s shoes.

17. Tell others how you feel. Say “I love you” and “I appreciate you,” often.

Please send love and prayers to my grandson. He is having spinal surgery today. Thanks in advance!

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  • Cathy Taughinbaugh June 24, 2013, 12:29 pm

    Hey Tess,

    I love your list – so inspiring. Great examples of everyday boldness. This one is interesting: “Have the difficult conversations in life, face-to-face. Leave texting for the less serious issues. Take the high road.” Technology does give us a way to hide, so wonderful that you are pointing us in a better direction. Thanks!

  • Tess The Bold Life June 24, 2013, 1:03 pm


    Thanks for your continued support. We learn, we touch and we grow with face-to-face communication, especially with important stuff. I think the reason people avoid it on important issues is because they want to avoid conflict and feeling anything.

  • Elle June 24, 2013, 4:19 pm

    You have the greatest tips Tess. And my thoughts and prayers are winging their way to you and your family.


  • Dawn June 28, 2013, 6:46 am

    These are all just darn good ways to live your life. Thanks!

  • Kathy @ SMART Living 365.com June 28, 2013, 11:41 am

    Hi Tess…thank you for these great reminders to live BOLDLY! I could probably read this list every single day for the rest of my life and be helped. Similar in many ways to the great work by Brene Brown which I also love. Thanks so much and I’m glad I found your page! ~Kathy

  • Britt Reints June 28, 2013, 2:07 pm

    I think telling others how you feel is one of the most important acts of courage a person can take – and one of the most rewarding!

    Here’s another one: when you notice yourself reacting strongly to someone else, prompt yourself to finish the sentence, “The story I make up about myself is….”

  • Martine Joseph July 4, 2013, 9:49 am

    Wonderfully wise! I love how you include love and forgiveness as well as smart, practical tips for moving forward!

  • Ashton@Brainwavelove July 17, 2013, 7:48 am

    Hi Tess, this list is so spot on that I can’t even pick a point that’s a favorite of mine, or feel more strongly about! Maybe having the guts to apologize really stands out for me, because it has to do with the ego! Being able to overcome your ego and confess you’ve made a mistake is a huge leap forward, it does take inner strength and courage. One has to do it consciously and consistently, though… Hoping that your grandson’s surgery went well, Tess!

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