• Jacqueline Lombardo, Project Manager

3 Ways to Be Bold in 2019

Are you ready to be bold in 2019? Every year I like to pick a word that I will focus on for the year. There is a great book by Jon Gordon called “One Word that will change your life”. For 2019 the word that I will be focusing on for the entire year is BOLD.The word bold can take on several meanings, but for this article, we’re going to focus on one definition from the Oxford English Dictionary: “showing a willingness to take risks; confident and courageous.” Bold is a good thing to be. Bold people stand out from the crowd. They inspire others by getting things done and instigating progress for themselves and those around them.

The New Year is a great time to refocus intentions, and I encourage you to take this opportunity to unleash the bold leader in you. Here are three actions you can take to do just that.

Get out of your comfort zone

Do you avoid new people, situations or challenges because you’re worried about failure? Being bold requires that you stop worrying about being wrong, speak up and try new things.

When you’re faced with a new opportunity and feel that urge to stay comfortably in the status quo, ask yourself what you are afraid will happen. If you take on a new project, do you think you’ll fail miserably? Are you afraid others will criticize or think less of you if you share your opinion or express new ideas?

Usually, the worst-case scenario isn’t as catastrophic as you might think. And keep in mind, even if every new opportunity isn’t a win, failure isn’t a step backward – it’s a stepping stone to success. You’ll never move out of your comfort zone until you overcome your fear of failure and start taking risks.

Celebrate honest mistakes

Getting past your fear of failure is a great start, but to really be bold, you should actually celebrate mistakes. It might sound crazy, but you learn more from mistakes when you own up to them rather than wasting time looking for excuses or explaining why something wasn’t your fault.

Take a page from Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft. When talking about some expensive mistakes made at the technology company, Gates said,

“In the corporate world, when someone makes a mistake, everyone runs for cover. At Microsoft, I try to put an end to that kind of thinking. It’s fine to celebrate success, but it's more important to heed the lessons of failure. How a company deals with mistakes suggests how well it will bring out the best ideas and talents of its people, and how effectively it will respond to change.”

The next time you make an honest mistake, don’t keep it under wraps. Share it. You and your team will benefit from the lessons learned.

Encourage boldness in others

When you take risks and own up to your mistakes, you’re contributing to a culture that encourages others to be bold as well. Look for opportunities to reward others for talking initiative and stepping forward.

Make a point of encouraging others to take risks and recognize mistakes as valuable opportunities to learn what can be done differently next time. When this becomes part of your firm culture, it gives people the confidence to try new things and not feel bad about it when things don’t work out.

Remember, what gets rewarded gets repeated, so encouraging others to take smart risks sends a strong message that innovation isn’t just about the successes.

There’s value in being bold and saying yes to opportunities and ideas outside of your comfort zone. When you put yourself out there, you’ll find your voice, build confidence, develop new products and services, take on challenging projects and reach higher goals.

Don’t be afraid to be bold. This year, take a chance and do something different. You might stumble along the way, but those missteps will propel you to greater success down the road.

As a Project Manager for Boomer Consulting, Inc., Jacqueline plans, executes and manages the people, resources and scope of many of our firm’s projects, programs and events. Jackie supports multiple phases of our business by providing assistance and constant communication with clients and sponsors, and by serving as an event liaison for programs and consulting engagements. Her primary roles include overseeing Lean Six Sigma Consulting and The Boomer Technology Circles™ Partnering Sponsor Program. Jackie thrives at the opportunities to build new relationships.

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