I often sign off my emails with “Go Boldly.” One of my readers, Sarah Jenkins, wrote me and asked me what I meant by that.
Here’s the back story of the hashtag #GoBoldly and my signature sign off…
When I was living in Nairobi in 2006, the journal I brought with me had a quote from Henry David Thoreau on the cover: “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.”
I used that journal to dream and plan for the new coaching business I was going to start when I landed back on US soil in 2007.
Since then, that quote has been a guiding light in my life, especially in my career as a coach.
You see, I didn’t want to create a business that owned me, took all my time and effort, and kept me stuck.
What’s the point in starting your own business if you’re just going to create another “job” for yourself?
Nope, I wanted freedom of time, income, and location. It took me a while to figure it all out (no “get rich quick” stuff here), but now I’m truly living the life I imagined as Thoreau said.
I imagined having clients that were motivated and ready to roll up their sleeves and work toward their own dreams. I imagined making great money while I worked with these incredible people. And I imagined being able to work from anywhere on the globe.
All of those things are a reality today.
Add to that an extraordinary marriage (which I hadn’t even considered back in 2006), living in a gorgeous location, and having opportunities to speak on stages around the world, life is really, really good these days.
#GoBoldly also stemmed from an additional influence. There was an ad by True Religion featuring Russell Westbrook with the tagline, “Be So Bold.”
You know when you go into a bookstore and you see a book with a title that you wish you had thought of? That’s what happened when I saw that commercial. I had ad envy.
Merging the concepts of “go confidently” with “be so bold” turned into “Go Boldly.”
The cool thing is that I hear clients use the term…
- A woman came to HeartPath earlier this year and was describing how she got there. “You said ‘Go Boldly’ so I did.”
- A man said recently that it’s become his mantra as he faces some of his massive goals.
I love hearing stories like that. What does “Go Boldly” mean to you?