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How To Be Your Own God/Goddess Of Luck – “Fortune Favours The Bold”

Michelle Dale - Friday, May 27, 2011

I have always loved the saying, “fortune favours the bold” (or the brave) – The Roman dictator and consul Lucius Cornelius Sulla was said to believe in the influence of the goddess Fortune in his life (Wikipedia). I believe it, it’s easier said that done, but whenever I have ever done anything bold, I have to say fortune did come, not necessarily always by money, but in all sorts of ways, shapes and forms. People, opportunities, information, insights etc…

Just Do It.

So I would like to encourage you to do something bold. Whether it be linked to your business, life, family, friends, whatever that little voice is telling you, “No, I can’t possibly do that because…” or “What will people think if I did that?” or “What if I get rejected” — just ignore it, go ahead and do it, don’t think twice. I used to be very concerned about writing this blog, because so many of my thoughts, experiences and ideas in life and business challenge the ‘conventional’ or ‘sensible’ approach – they are different. Well, now I am proud of being unconventional, I know what I am capable off, I know the advice I give is sound, and solid, based on experience, and I know and accept that it’s not for everyone, but for those who choose to come here and do want to listen, thank you, and I promise, I won’t let you down.

But let’s not be frivolous here, I think we need to set some criteria for bold moves. Because I don’t think that it really favours ALL bold moves. Here are your “Do Something Bold” guidelines:

Have A Solid And Good Purpose

Make sure your bold moves have a purpose. Could this bold move increase your income, make you or someone else in your life a happier person, change your life, improve your business, increase your publicity? Whatever it is that you’re thinking of doing, make sure it could have some sort of genuine positive impact for yourself or others.

Feel The Fear & Be Positive!

Not sure about you, but I really find certain characteristics in some people quite distasteful, and pretty sad too – slanderers, know it alls, name callers, people who disrespect others, rudeness, people who think they are better than other people – fear of these people and fear of rejection is often what causes us to hold back or ‘conform’. Being bold is not about getting on your soap box like I just did there soap boxes are generally not very constructive, being bold is about making a genuine positive difference in peoples lives – not to make others irritable, upset or angry. You can’t and will not be able to please everyone.

Whatever you decide to do that’s bold, make sure it’s upbeat, it’s helpful to the people who are around you, it’s respectful and above all positive!

Be Yourself

When you’re taking this bold move, don’t pretend to be anyone else but yourself, you’re not looking to over impress, to give any kind of false impression, to have people perceive you to be a certain way or to sound smart. You are doing this because you are saying, “This is me, this is who I am, this is what I am doing, what I think, what I am asking for…“You have nothing to prove. To truly be bold, you have to truly be confident in yourself.

Make a Statement

Something that will remind you of the good things about you, like mine for example: “I am someone who has come from the bottom to halfway to the top, I am bright, I am honest and I am caring. I love what I do, I am proud of my achievements as a virtual assistant, an individual and the way I live my life, I am a successful business woman and a genuinely nice person. I always try to see the best in everything, and make the most out of every situation. I am not afraid of hard work, and I am confident in my ability to do good and encourage success both mentally and practically. I can do anything if I set my mind to it!”

It’s bold, but it’s positive and true. Try doing one yourself and pinning it up somewhere visible as a reminder.

So how do you learn if fortune really does favour the bold?

Well, you do something bold of course!

What will you do that’s positively bold? Ask someone to marry you, contact someone who you think would never normally give you the time of day, ask for a pay raise, quit your job to start an online business, book plane tickets, move house, move country, tell a client you no longer wish to work with them, contact a long lost relative, say sorry to someone and mend bridges, change your attitude — do something that you have always wanted to do but always been to afraid to do… The possibilities are endless.

You can do this! Be bold, lose any negativity you’re feeling – some people may consider a negative state of mind as “keeping things real,” but what it’s doing in my opinion is just keeping bad energy hanging about that person and those around them. This may sound a bit “Happy Clappy,” but so be it, just do something remarkable today, “be remarkable” — it could have a wonderful outcome on your life 

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Hi I'm Michelle, an entrepreneur specialising in virtual assistance, a digital and real world nomad, and a down-to-earth mother of three.

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