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8 Lessons For Boldness

The definition of boldness is a willingness to take risks, to act inventively; to be confident and courageous. Here are 8 incredibly important lessons for boldness in business — and in life — that I want to share with you guys today.

#1: Focus On The Positive

Don’t forget your past victories and all that you’ve overcome. A lot of people get hung up on their mistakes. It’s easy to think, “Oh, I made this mistake last year. I disappointed that person. That person said this to me.” That’s a trap. You can sink further, and further, and further down with that type of thinking.

You need to focus on the positive: the victories that you’ve had, the wins that you’ve had. Focus on the positive. Glass half full.

#2: Move Away From Your Failures

Write down your failures on a piece of paper — and then throw it away, rip it up, burn it, and let it go.

It’s time to forgive yourself for any mistakes that you made. Those were only lessons. Don’t focus on the negative things that you did, focus on the lesson. What did you learn? What was the opportunity in that negative situation?

#3: Pray

This is a big one. Pray for boldness and courage to increase. Ask for all fear to be broken off of you. As a believer, as a faith-based business owner, I spend a lot of time in prayer, discerning whether I’m going to be doing business with somebody or not.

This is something within yourself. You need to ask the Lord and pray for courage. Pray for that boldness. Pray for Him to increase it, and ask Him to remove any fear, any doubt that you have.

#4: Have Faith

If you lose it all, you just need to remember that you still have God. He’s still with you. He hasn’t abandoned you in the pits of your despair, in the pits of your sorrow. He is right there with you feeling everything that you’re feeling, and He is working for your good.

#5: Believe In Yourself

You either believe in yourself, or you don’t. The battle for boldness is a choice to be firm in your beliefs. If you really believe in what you’re doing, and you’re passionate about convicted, that’s going to come across to people.

But the moment you start doubting yourself, what you do, and your abilities; the moment you start questioning yourself and letting fear rise up, that’s going to make a dramatic impact on your progress. It’s going to slow you down. It’s going to ruin your efficiency. And it’s only a distraction.

#6: Overcome The Enemy

Have faith that God is for you. He’s working for you. Do not let the enemy distract you or place any doubt in you. The devil, the enemy, or whatever you want to call him — he’s going to try to distract you and lead you off your path. His purpose is to kill, seek, and destroy anything that’s good. Don’t let him do that.

#7: Ignore The Haters

Don’t listen to the doubters. There are going to be a lot of people, hundreds of people who you will meet in your career, who are going to doubt you. They’re going to criticize you. They’re going to tell you that you’re not doing enough. Those people are not in your shoes — they have no place to be speaking into your life.

You need to surround yourself with other people: bold people, who are doing things right. People you would want to switch places with. Why would you take any advice from someone who you wouldn’t want to switch places with?

#8: Never Be Taken Advantage Of

Don’t let anyone walk on you. If you feel like you’re being taken advantage of, that’s the time for you to lovingly and assertively say how you feel. State what you find to be acceptable. Do not accept anything other than that; do not let people walk on you. You don’t have to be mean or a jerk, you can be lovingly assertive. Don’t let anyone take advantage of you.

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