Audacity

April 2008 220Bold and daring; disregard for normal convention; having nerve and spunk

Success is the child of audacity. Benjamin Disraeli

Audacity augments courage; hesitation, fear. Publilius Syrus

The method of the enterprising is to plan with audacity and execute with vigor. John Christian Bovee
We cannot help but have a sense of admiration and respect for those who have the audacity to challenge the conventional, take on the establishment, confront bureaucracy and, last but not least, want to change the status quo. Those who are audacious are bold and daring. They are willing to step out, step forward and take risks.
There is a sense that without having any audacity in our lives, we are too much defined by the status quo, blend in too much with the crowd and do not appear any different than anyone else. There are elements of good and bad in this assessment. It is good to be like everyone else in areas that are good and desirable. It is not so good to be like everyone else in areas involving complacency, doubt, living in fear or in settling for less than our best. This list of such undesirables is long and unpleasant. Society condones and promotes a non-audacious approach to life. It is acceptable and okay to be like everyone else. The biggest problem here is that “settling for less” is a major cop out.

Whether it is from laziness, doubt, fear, prior failures or whatever; there is group acceptance of compromise. We give up our dreams and desires because it is easier, less painful and stressful to give in and be like everyone else who is or has already given in. Albert Einstein is remembered for his definition of insanity. If we do not do anything different than what we have always done we will get what we have always gotten.
Those who exemplify audacity are not overly influenced by what others may say, think or do. They march to the beat of a different drummer. That are driven or inspired by their hopes, dreams, a calling, a purpose or something that fortifies them in such a way that they do not really care about what others are likely to think. Whatever it is that they want to do or accomplish is vitally more important than the acceptance or others.
Anytime we step forward, do things differently, take some risks, or leave our comfort zone; we are probably displaying a bit of audacity. When we have the imagination or spunk to imagine how things can be better, we are being a bit audacious. Without some audaciousness being shown somewhere things will tend to stay the same.

Challenge: What is there about your life that is bold and daring? If you had to describe the most “audacious” aspect of your life, what would it be? Hopefully, it is not taking out the trash or mowing the lawn. Maybe it is volunteering to help others, supporting special causes, taking education or self-improvement courses, or difficult projects or tasks that really challenge you. These are some of the things that may fall into the audacious category.

Wisdom: Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination. John Dewey

Spiritual: (NIV)
The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever. Isaiah 32:17

You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. Hebrews 10:36

I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

Many believe God designed and created us for a purpose. It is not likely his plan was for us to vegetate and hide our talents and abilities under a bushel basket. The Bible tells us to be good stewards; that we should work hard, we should try to make a difference both in the lives of others as well as the world, and that we should go about all of these things with love in our hearts. This is not lethargic and passive; it is bold, daring and audacious…

Prayer: Help me to become that which you created and designed me to be.

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