To be an Audacious Woman, you must stop waiting for someone to give you permission to live your life.
But let’s face it:
Sometimes, we need a push and some support.
This is the beauty of challenges.
A challenge—formal or informal—tacitly gives you permission to go do something that you’ve always wanted to do anyway. You wouldn’t accept the challenge if you didn’t have the desire; you just needed an excuse to go do it.
Today, I’m sharing some of my favorite challenges to encourage, embolden, and inspire you to live your Audacious Life. (And bonus—they’re all free!)
Let’s say that you want something in your life.
(It doesn’t matter what it is, specifically—whether you want to move to another country, start a business, publish a book, find a new hair stylist, or whatever, that’s neither here nor there.)
The problem is, you know absolutely nothing about the thing you want.
You don’t know anyone who lives in Cambodia.
You don’t know anyone in the publishing industry.
You don’t know how Becky got her good hair.
When you want something in your life, but you’re stuck, suffering, and alone, what do you do?
You shorten the curve with a simple, two-word strategy: Reach Out.
The problem with determining worth is that we often don’t have our own definition of value.
We may ask ourselves, “What’s it worth to me?” in regards to what we want; even when we ask ourselves that pointed question, we may not be able to come up with a viable answer.
Too often, what we value is wrapped up in external expectations. We value something because our families, social groups, churches and religions, and other communities value it, but we, ourselves, as individuals? We have some questions, objections, and other ideas.
The best way to determine if something is worth it to you is to devise a set of Personal Core Values, 3-5 qualities that you hold near and dear. These qualities are things that, if what you want doesn’t fit in with those 3-5 qualities, you may want to reconsider.
I provide the full Personal Core Values exercise in Release & Refine, one of my Manuals for Audacious Living; for now, read on for an abbreviated version.
When it comes to living an Audacious Life, there are two questions that you absolutely must ask yourself:
- What do I want?
- What is it worth to me?
I often tell people (read: my husband, my children, and anyone who happens to be around when I’m off on a rant) that they can have anything they want out of life—if they’re willing to make the even exchange of time, effort, money, and/or other resource.
This is one of the driving philosophies behind the Audacious Life Movement. With the right application of effort and resources—and the expectation that you will receive what you’re striving for—you will get exactly the life you want, need, and deserve.
An Audacious Life is not for the weak-willed.
It takes courage and determination to claim your life for your own. You must have strength to swim upstream, go against the grain, and live according to your own terms.
And you must do it.
If you want to avoid a slow march towards death, then you must gather your courage, step up, and claim your Audacious Life.