Be Bold. Do Great Things. It’s Good for You.

When was the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone or felt really alive? Are you sitting on that couch every night telling yourself things will get better one day? Your bucket list is growing but nothing ever gets crossed out? It’s time for you to do something you’ve never done before. Get out of that couch and start crossing out the items on that list. Go ahead and do it. Be bold!

Think about it. When you’re about to kick the bucket, will you remember all the amazing times you’ve had or will you spend your last breath wishing you had at least a few checks off that bucket list? I sure as hell didn’t want my list to be a reminder of all the things I never had the courage to do.

What have you been putting off lately or for the past ten years? A new job or career? Becoming your own boss? Traveling the world? Saying hi to that girl you see at Starbucks every morning? Bungee jumping? Swimming with the sharks? Becoming a millionaire? What’s stopping you? Go ahead and do it!

On my list, one of the items was to live in Europe. Here’s a bold move. I quit my job, packed my bags and left everything behind in Canada to move to Germany. By doing so, I took advantage of the opportunity I created for myself to step out of my comfort zone, meet new people, learn about a different culture and a new language. This is also the start of my journey to work on my side hustle in order to achieve two other things on my bucket list: Location independence and becoming my own boss. Three checks on the list with one move, score!

Do the work

What you need to know is that it’s not all glamor and glitters. The sacrifices and work you must put towards realizing your goals and dreams command a high price for your time and efforts but it’s all worth it. I didn’t do this on a whim and left the next day. I planned this move and worked toward it for a year before it materialized. Initially, I had no money and had to save up all that I could. This meant no more outings, no more fancy restaurants or frivolous expenses. I would travel light so I had to do away with a majority of my belongings. Most were given to charity, sold or trashed. The rest was put into storage. I also spent a great deal of time researching the country, immigration laws, work visas, filled tons of paperwork and gathered all the resources I could find to be prepared enough. By the way, never wait for the right time or to be fully prepared. You’ll never be prepared enough and the right time will never come. Start right now and you will be glad you did.

Transform Excuses into Opporutnity

How could you possibly do something bold? First, you need to tackle all your reasons and excuses why you can’t do it. Every reason you find to convince yourself that it’s not possible is your fear talking. You need to switch that mindset around. Here’s an exercise for you. Write down each reason or excuse on a piece of paper and title it “Challenges” at the top. If you didn’t know where to start, you just made a list of important things to do. For each item, you wrote down, find a way to eliminate the issue.

You don’t have money? Stop wasting your money on useless crap, hustle on the side, get a second job, do whatever it takes and don’t lose your eyes on the prize. Don’t have the time? Don’t look for time, MAKE the time to work towards your goal. You have a family and a bunch of kids? Perfect! Take your family along on your adventure. Are you not healthy enough? Do everything you can to get back into shape and learn how to handle your conditions like I did for mine. Are you too old? You’ll only be too old when you’re dead. Every problem presents an opportunity for you to take. Each issue solved also helps you gain the confidence to keep going and overcome more roadblocks along the way.

Ignore the Naysayers

The people you know are also extremely good at dissuading you from finally taking your first step outside your comfort zone. They will tell you how stupid and insane your idea is, that you’ll never make it or that you don’t have what it takes. They’ll say it’s too risky and dangerous and that you have too much to lose. All of this is garbage talk. How do you expect to live a fulfilling life or feel alive without taking some risks and making bold moves? The people who talk you into not doing it are projecting their own fears and judgment on you. Let them be this way, and only concern yourself with finding people who will support you.

Dare to be Bold

This all seems easy but the truth is that it can be scary and downright terrifying at times. Fear and self-doubt are two of your worst enemies. Establishing myself in a new country was both terrifying and exhilarating. Building a company from scratch can be scary and overwhelming. Going towards that hot lady to introduce yourself will turn your insides upside down. Embrace that feeling, go for it. Much like an actor’s butterflies before setting foot on stage, use those intense feeling to fuel your actions toward success and not to detract you from it.

Realizing a goal takes time. Don’t expect things to work themselves out overnight. Be in it for the long haul. The task may seem overwhelming at first. Tackle the problems you’re facing every day a little bit at a time. A small bit of effort each day amounts to a colossal amount of work after several months. Keep in mind that nothing will happen if you don’t make things happen. Be bold, go out there and do it!