Embracing Boldness: Stepping Into the Unknown with Courage

Welcome  or welcome back, Brilliant One, to our ongoing pursuit of personal growth, transformation and practical living. Today, we explore the theme of boldness—the audacity to step into the unknown, despite fear and uncertainty. Inspired by the story of Abraham’s journey from his homeland, as depicted in Genesis 12, we delve into the transformative power of embracing boldness and doing it afraid. So, let’s embark on this courageous path and discover the limitless possibilities that await us.

Be sure to watch the full video HERE for my additional commentary, insights and disclaimers – 

Let’s dive into this profound topic and uncover the path to a life of purpose, success, and fulfillment. Here are 5 points to spark your thinking.

1. The Story of Abraham: A Journey of Boldness:

As a reminder, this isn’t a typical Bible post nor am I “spiritual leader”. However, there are so many personal development “tools and tips” that come from the Bible. I don’t know about you but there are times when I read the Bible and it feels so foreign and far away. If that’s you too, then it is my hope that these posts bring some of those stories a little closer to home.  Genesis 12 narrates the remarkable account of Abraham, who, prompted by God’s calling, left his familiar land and ventured into an unknown future.  When was the last time you had to leave something familiar like a career, city, social circle? Despite the lack of detailed direction, Abraham displayed boldness and unwavering faith, taking the first step towards a life of purpose and fulfillment. I know I have faith but to be honest, there are times when I act as if I don’t and I become timid about the choices I have to make. Abraham’s story serves as a powerful reminder that boldness is often the catalyst for extraordinary transformations. 

2. Acknowledging Fear and Embracing Courage:

Boldness is not the absence of fear; it is the willingness to act in the face of fear. In the corresponding video also in my book Embracing Grit for Greatness, I talk about how we don’t try to get rid of any other emotion before taking action. I invite you to acknowledge your fears and doubts, but refuse to let them dictate your actions. Understand that growth and transformation lie just beyond the borders of your comfort zone. Another way to say this, I learned from one of my coaches, is learning how to consistently move your limit line without jumping back into the familiar.  Embrace courage as a companion on your journey, knowing that it is through bold action that you pave the way for extraordinary outcomes.

3. Embracing the Unknown with Faith:

Outside of religion, have you ever thought about what faith really is? The general definition is – complete trust or confidence in someone or something. That’s it. Many of us have more complete trust or confidence in the chairs we sit in and the cars we drive than we do in ourselves. I have an idea as to why we do that but I’ll save that topic for another day. Be sure to comment and remind me. Stepping into the unknown requires faith—a deep trust in yourself, in a higher power, and in the journey itself. Embrace the uncertainty and view it as an opportunity for growth and discovery. I encourage you to cultivate faith by focusing on your strengths, cultivating a positive mindset, and aligning your actions with your values and aspirations. By embracing the unknown with faith, you open yourself to experiences and possibilities that surpass your wildest imagination.

4. Taking Calculated Risks:

Boldness often involves taking calculated risks. Most people say they don’t like taking risks but that’s not true. I’m sure ALL of us can think of some risky situations we barely made it out of. (You know what I mean – wink wink). Think about a few situations from the past. Assess the current outcome(s)  of your actions and weigh it against the current reward(s). Did you think it was a risk in the beginning? It probably was but you did it anyway. I invite you to continue to embrace a growth mindset that views failure as feedback and as a stepping stone to success. Remember that every setback is an opportunity to learn, grow, and refine your approach. Take risks that align with your values and aspirations, knowing that each step forward brings you closer to realizing your dreams.

5. Cultivating a Supportive Network:

I know it may sound repetitive from my previous posts but I want to remind you and myself that it’s no fun growing alone. While Abraham departed from his nephew Lot, he still had a family and his servants. Surround yourself with a supportive network of individuals who encourage and uplift you on your journey. Seek out mentors, coaches, or similar-minded individuals who have embarked on similar paths or your desired path. Share your dreams and aspirations with those who believe in you and your potential. However, be sure that you believe and have faith in yourself FIRST. There are times when the most supportive people may not see your vision.  By cultivating a supportive network, you create an environment that nourishes your boldness and provides the necessary encouragement during challenging times.

Final Words for Now:

As we conclude our exploration of embracing boldness, remember that within you lies the capacity for remarkable transformation and growth. There are studies that show that the majority of the human population has only tapped into 10% of the subconscious mind and potential. This is different from the saying of “we only use about 10% of our brain power”. Draw inspiration from the story of Abraham, acknowledging your fears while choosing courage. Embrace the unknown with faith (complete confidence and trust), taking calculated risks and surrounding yourself with a supportive network. With each bold step, you inch closer to a life of purpose, fulfillment, and extraordinary possibilities. Embrace the audacity to do it afraid, and watch as your journey unfolds with breathtaking beauty. May your path be one of courage, resilience, and endless growth.

Check out the full episode on Youtube here and watch for the complimentary resource. Be sure to leave a comment here or there or both. 

From your Partner in Possibilities – Until next time, 

~Dr. V

Vernita Glenn-White, Ph.D.

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