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Here is a word for this week: boldness.

The poet Goethe says this word can enhance your efforts—whatever they are, small or great—with a kind of genius, power and magic:

What you can do or dream you can…begin it.

Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.

Of course, he’s not talking about acting carelessly or foolishly or thoughtlessly. There is always the need to seek wisdom.

But Goethe is saying that no matter how great the challenge or how many difficulties may be involved, boldness itself can help tilt the odds in your favor.

“But what if I fail?”

“But what will others think?”

“But…but…but…”

Boldness says: kick your “buts” and live!

There are always reasons to hold back, to proceed too cautiously, to live half-heartedly, to give just enough, to plod along.

But to be bold is to plunge into life with fear at a minimum and courage and joy at a maximum, knowing that boldness itself may be the magic bullet that helps make good things happen.

As Basil King said:

Be bold and mighty powers will come to your aid.