By Guest Blogger: April Williams
Have you ever wanted to do something a little wild? Something daring and out of the norm? Something that you know would shock the socks off of people and just about the time you feel the nerve to let loose and go for it your old nemesis fear shows up right on time to spoil the party?
There are many times during the course of our lives when we hold ourselves back from doing the things we really want to do because it doesn’t fit what society would consider "normal" (whatever that means, right?) We limit ourselves and plague our minds with worry that our actions will result in social labeling from the people around us.
We live our lives according to a set of rules that dictate how one should behave in order not to be labeled as weird, awkward or the rule breaker.
When the reality is that each of us were created to be unique. A one of a kind. We were not meant to fit into a one size fits all box. So why limit ourselves just because the majority refuses to understand our journey? Why allow ourselves to become a victim of the status quo?
The good news is we don't have to when we choose to accept our worth and let go of the need to conform to the flavor of the month social standards.
Here are 3 tips to help you live life more boldly, freely and fearlessly.
1. Self Acceptance and Core Values
First things first, you need to bravely own who you are and stop seeing yourself as broken. Like a snowflake there is not another soul walking the earth who is you.
You are like a rare gem that is hard to appraise so right here, right now in this moment its time to own your worth. Being different and thinking differently is a wonderful thing. When you boldly walk in your truth, you know exactly what is important in your life and those values become non-negotiable.
2. Blessing and Releasing Judgement
We are all human with feelings and emotions and therefore its natural to be sensitive to what other people think of us. Negative judgments, gossip and criticism can be hurtful so not caring what other people think can be easier said than done.
But, when you know what you value and embrace that being unique is a gift, not some curse, you can bless and release the negative energy that people bring into your space uninvited. You can walk more fearlessly paving your own path because you know exactly what you stand for. Like a deep rooted tree that is hard to break, you will know how to say no and stand your ground.
Unless your actions or behavior is hurting you or others, what other people think of you is none of your business. Literally.
3. Ruffling Feathers Is Not The End Of The World
Breaking free from the masses and challenging the status quo is not a situation of if you will ruffle feathers but when.
There will be situations that arise where you will upset people who wear their feelings on their shoulders and view your actions as some kind of rebellious act against them. The world is full of habitual rule followers but their resistance to change and unwillingness to support your path is their problem not yours.
The important thing is to not take their feedback to heart. You can always be kind while ruffling feathers knowing that you don't need their approval or validation because at the end of the day the world needs more change makers and less people pleasers.
Life was meant to be lived to the fullest. Stay confident in being who you are and fearless in doing things the way you want to do them. Some will judge you, some will get you but others will follow your lead and how amazing would it be to inspire someone else to live their life a little more wild and free.
Written exclusively for Liquido by April Williams as part of our Bold, Fearless and Free campaign.