Do you remember the shyest kid at school? You know the one who didn’t have much to say for themselves. The one who kept to the back of the class whenever possible, or was happy to be the last in line for anything. That was me. Hard to believe I was once that shrinking violet since I turned into quite a blabbermouth. But true.
As a small child, Mum was so worried about my shyness level that she seriously considered taking me to see a psychiatrist. A psychiatrist. In Britain. When I was a kid. Unheard of.
As a young teenager, walking into a large room full of people I had to walk around the sides, there was no way I could walk right down the middle where everyone might notice me.
[success] He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson [/success]
You could think I must have been an ugly duckling, but I wasn’t. Perhaps you might imagine there was something detrimental about my appearance. Nope…looking back at old photos I was actually a cute little thing. I’m sure a psychiatrist would have had a field day with me. But Mum didn’t follow through on her thought.
What was I afraid of? What was in my consciousness? I have no clue, and I don’t even recall when I began to view the world differently, but what I do know is that if I’d had a Tess Marshall in my life, encouraging me to:
‘Play full out, to be brave, to speak up, to feel my emotions, to lighten up and participate in adventure.’
Or I’d followed her recommendations to:
Look at things you have never seen before. Go places you have never been before. Do things you have never done before.’
I might have become a more adventurous little soul a heck of a lot sooner. And I’m here to tell you that life truly is a most magnificent adventure and there’s really nothing to be afraid of when you tune in to the greatness of who you are.
But there are times when moving from a state of mind filled with fear and doubts takes a huge leap, and requires a lot of encouragement sprinkled with a little inspiration. So, if you’re ready to take off your mask and put down your fears, weep a little and dream a lot, Tess is ready to walk through fire with you, to encourage you and remind you of your greatness. She has an awesome e-course that offers the opportunity, the tools and the plan to discover your bold self and live your life with courage and ease and to experience your true desires.
Tess is one of my heroes, living life on her terms and sharing her wisdom and inspiration with kindness and gentleness. I’m in awe of the being she is and feel blessed to know her.
Let me share our conversation about her course and you’ll see what I mean.
For those who haven’t yet had the privilege of meeting you, would you tell us a little about yourself.
I blog at The Bold Life and work as a coach, helping others to unearth their innate courage and live bold lives. I’ve written 3 books and have a masters degree in counseling psychology. I got married when I was 17 and I’m still with the same awesome guy. I’m love to travel, run, and hike.
Was there any one experience where you decided enough was enough and embraced your concept of boldness?
Yes, I grew up with nine siblings. I was the sixth born. It didn’t take me long at all to realize I was in competition for our parents attention, food at the table, who would ride in the front seat, who decided on the TV channel, pretty much everything. Crazy! I was a loud and obnoxious kid (some would say I still am)!
Wow, Tess that’s some competition – no time to be shy and retiring in your household. And what about today? How much do you rely on boldness in your every day life? How do you use the principles of being bold?
In my everyday life, I speak my truth and I love to do the unexpected. I demonstrate bold principles by living on my own terms. Except for a couple of years after grad school, I’ve always been an entrepreneur. Most of the time I have a courageous and confident attitude.
I so admire those qualities in you, and you speak your truth in such a wonderfully inspirational and gentle way.
And given that we’re both inspired by quotes, what would be your all time favourite quote on being bold or fearless?
[success] Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it! Boldness has genius, magic, and power in it. ~ Goethe[/success]
Who doesn’t want genius, magic, and power?
Love that quote it’s such an encouragement to step out and take the leap of faith that you teach so well. And now we have the opportunity to grab the magic and power of being bold through your new course. What led you to create it?
I felt like I was holding back. I’ve never included videos, group coaching, interviews with others and a private Facebook page in a course before. I wanted to be more available and more brave.
So you’re practicing what you preach? Love that.
As you’ve embraced boldness in your life, what’s the most surprising thing you’ve discovered about yourself?
That I’m human, I still deal with fear and I still hold back.
Well I think it’s safe to say we’re all a member of that little club. So who would benefit most from taking your 30 Days to Bold course?
Anyone who is living in fear and wants more courage, confidence, and creativity. Anyone who is tired of settling. Anyone who wants to shine and care less about what others think. Anyone who is ready to do the work and wants to take their life to the next level.
Well that’s just about all of us out here. I’m signing up myself! So tell me, what’s the one biggest thing you hope we’ll experience after taking your course?
I hope people will finally recognize and own their greatness and use it to do good and have fun.
So there you have it Dear Ones, I urge you to join me and sign in by February 1 2013 and you’ll also get some free goodies. There’s a link in my sidebar just click to find out more, because I’m so convinced that with Tess Marshall as our guide, we can fly higher than ever.
Do you have any fears that might be holding you back? Are you ready to move beyond them? Me too.
Let’s do it.
Encourage one another.