|What is Boldness?|
English author Samuel Johnson is quoted as saying, "Courage is the greatest of all virtues. Because if you haven't courage, you may not have an opportunity to use any of the others."
A dash of boldness or courage is necessary to complete the recipe for life. Without boldness, few would survive the highs and lows of everyday life. Although they overlap, basically there are two types of boldness or courage--physical and moral. Physical courage involves situations when a person has the potential for bodily harm to engage in a right action. Moral boldness means choosing to do the right thing when facing ethical challenges.
Boldness gives strength to face life's challenges. It gives reason to stand up for those principals in which we believe, to display our moral convictions and to face fears or unpleasant situations. Boldness aids in the defense of what is right, even when it is not popular...
Boldness is not to be confused with brashness, which denotes being rash or too hasty in thought or speech. Boldness must be balanced to be effective. We must work to establish our personal credibility; else our words fall on deaf ears. Credibility is not established overnight. It is essential that we hold ourselves to the same standards expected of others. If you are in the wrong, admit it and learn from your mistakes. Do what is right rather than trying to promote a personal agenda or going along with the crowd. Insist that others use integrity in dealings with others.
Courage comes from a clear understanding of what is right and must also include a clear view of reality. Show support for those who are vulnerable, and for those you know are right. At times, important issues will be brought to the forefront. Even if you disagree with individuals in different areas, support those who stand for justice. Show boldness, yet speak with humility, because you realize that truth matters, not opinions or agendas.