I believe audacity is the elixir of life. That’s right.
Many of you think being audacious is a bad thing – that it’s over the top, obnoxious or shameless behavior. But not so!
For me – to be audacious is an act of boldness or daring. It’s the total disregard for conventional thought or restrictions. And I believe that most of us are suffering from the deadly and contagious disease of terminal mediocrity. And as a physician that’s my personal diagnosis.
Each one of us came into this world with specific talents and gifts. It’s simply the result of being the ray of light that each of us are. From the time we were small we’ve been squelching that uniqueness just to be loved, validated, and approved of, and most folks don’t even realize they’ve been doing that. However – a good many of us feel a constant gnawing feeling in our center telling us that we’re not living in our integrity or to our fullest potential.
So what’s the cure? Action. Action is always the cure especially if it’s in the form of a not-doing! So let me explain. Here are three steps you can take to start your journey to living an authentic and audacious life:
- Identify one behavior that you’re doing right now in your life that makes you feel a bit sick inside when you act that way.
- Get clear on why you’re taking that action. For example: Is it because you don’t want to make waves? Or you don’t want all the attention on you? Maybe you feel if you behaved otherwise people would judge you harshly? Or maybe you feel like you’d be acting out of the box – not like others expect you to behave and you’re concerned about the ramifications of your actions? Whatever. If you need to journal a little about it or get clear by chatting with a good friend – go right ahead and do so. It’s important to get clarity before moving on to the next step.
- Purposely craft a “not-doing” – the perfect anti-action to the way you’ve always behaved. Not doings can be challenging because you’re breaking old habits – so even if you don’t feel good doing a not-doing – do it anyway – you won’t die and you’ll be on your way to a better and happier life. Remember – a not-doing is meant to take you up a notch in your level of consciousness – so no mean-hearted actions, passive-aggressive nonsense or sleazy behavior allowed here!
Now that you have the formula – give this a try and report in and let me know how it worked for you by posting below!
And please don’t worry about what others think – a really genuine not-doing will throw others off in the very best of ways.