Action asks a good question: What is the latest “BOLD” thing you’ve done?
I say that it is a good question because I had to stop and think before I could answer it. I was surprised that I had to think about it!
– I shouldn’t, because it means that I am not doing enough to be a successful indie or successful at a lot of things.
– I shouldn’t because it means that I am always getting satisfied with hitting plateaus and don’t push harder.
The bold actions I recalled:
- A little over two years ago, I kissed my current girlfriend for the first time.
- In January, I moved into an apartment with my girlfriend.
- Around March, I finally submitted the paperwork to form GBGames, LLC.
- When applying for a programming position in April, I decided to try a completely new design for my test assignment.
- A couple of weeks ago, I was at Cedar Point in Ohio. I’m terrified of roller coasters, but I went on them.
For each of these actions, I ended up with a good result. I have a great relationship, a great home, a great company (I think so, anyway), a pretty good job, and a great weekend of fun and memories. Still, I had to think back about two years, and I could only come up with a handful? Some of them weren’t all that bold when I think about it, such as my programming design or roller coaster rides. I was either going to do it myself or get a bit of peer pressure to do it. As for being bold, I find that I am lacking.
Fortune favors the bold, which is more than just a clichÃ©. Wouldn’t I be better off, financially or otherwise, if I made it a point to do more things that scare me? At the very least, I should look at the things I have been putting off and ask myself why I am procrastinating. It’s likely that they’ll be like riding the roller coasters: intimidating, but once I do it, I’ll find that it isn’t so bad and is actually enjoyable.
What kind of bold things are we talking about here? Is trying a new recipe instead of eating what I always make considered bold? Is making a call to get a better deal with a service provider bold as opposed to doing nothing and going with the plan I already have? Is running home from work as a form of exercise as opposed to driving or walking a bold move on my part? Is boldness measured in terms of what everyone else is doing or other choices on my part?
Here’s a scary thought: I can’t immediately think of something bold I want to try. When I ask myself, “If you knew you would succeed, what one thing would you do?”, nothing springs to mind. It’s not like I believe my life is perfect, so why don’t I immediately think of at least a handful of things to do? Did I really get conditioned to “go with the flow” when I wasn’t paying attention? I’m going to work on this problem, because it is a problem. I should have at least a general sense of direction in life.
So, what is the latest bold thing you’ve done? When were you daring?