NEW! DO 1 BOLD THING™ LIVE STREAMING SHOW

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NEW! LIVE SHOW!!

JOIN ME TODAY on Gravy.Live!

Introducing… Ann Ulrich as FOUNDING LIVE SHOW HOST at GRAVY LIVE!

SO EXCITED TO INSPIRE & CHAMPION YOUR BEST!

As You Create Your Own Success & Happiness…

Leading & Living The Life You Crave.

In My Weekly Show I’ll Bring BOLD Inspiration As Everyday Innovation – Championing Your Personal Development & Professional Success…

Sharing Stories – Inspiring Yours – Fun Guests – Great Giveaways!

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“We’ll be taking bold action – big BOLD & baby bold steps – sharing our stories – inspiring others along the way – positively impacting our world! And did I mention a few great giveaways, too?! JOIN US!”  – Ann Ulrich, Host, The #DO1BOLDTHING Show

 

 

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© 2017 Ann Ulrich, DO 1 BOLD THING™  DO1BOLDTHING.com

BOLD Just Got Bolder.

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BOLD Just Got Bolder.

JOIN THE #DO1BOLDTHING MOVEMENT…

Action Inspiring. Positively Impacting Our World.

Our Mission:

Positive People Taking Bold Action – Big Bold & Baby Bold Steps – Creating A Bigger BOLDer Business, Career, Community, Life – Sharing Their Stories, Inspiring Each Other To #DO1BOLDTHING – Positively Impacting Our World! 

Courageous Is Contagious!

All Are Welcome.

JOIN US!

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2017: BOLD INNOVATION AT BOLD HQ:

The #Do1BOLDTHING Movement is new, starting strong and growing! Laying the foundation, shaping possibilities based on the BOLD inspiration, innovation, principles, content and body of work of Founder Ann Ulrich and her passion, persistence and perseverance in creating positively BOLD iterations over 20+ years to champion, encourage, empower, and inspire the BEST in people leading at all levels… business, career, community, life… since 1993!

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JUMP IN, JOIN US, BUILD THE MOVEMENT…

No purchase necessary!

Think about the courageous action you want to take… the positive impact you want to make… in your business, your career, your community, your life, our world.

You’re ready!

  1. 1. GO DO 1 BOLD THING!
  2. POST TO SHARE YOUR STORY!
  3. HASHTAG #Do1BOLDThing on Facebook or Instagram or Twitter
  4. Invite Your Friends To Post & Share Theirs!

OUR BEST BOLD IS YET TO COME… 

YOURS, TOO?

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Go Ahead.

DO ONE BOLD THING!

Courageous Is Contagious!

Together, We’re Positively Impacting Our World.

 

 

 

© 2017  Ann T. Ulrich  ANNULRICH.COM   #DO1BOLDTHING

DO ONE BOLD THING™: The Non-Negotiable First Step To Owning Your CONFIDENCE.

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On a quick dash thru Neiman Marcus in downtown Minneapolis a few years ago, I stopped just long enough to snap this picture.

What caught my eye was not the cashmere sweater collection it promoted.

Instead, it flashed me back to exciting memories of my former career as professional plus-size runway model, garment fit model and agency owner – when I amassed a smile-inducing collection of mannequins and fashion fit forms.

I smiled, snapped this photo, and then it struck me:

What stopped me in my tracks was how this display portrayed SO many aspects of the business of life we each lead as professional women…

The rich, colorful tapestry we each weave in creating what becomes our life story – as we lead and live our work and life – in our own special way. Every stage. Every day.

The layers that complicate us – confine us – comfort us – challenge us – complete us?

Our many shades beyond grey.

In that complexity, I want to help bring clarity to the often-exciting, often-overwhelming realities of achieving Success. And Happiness. As you define each for yourself.

The key to Success? (and Happiness?)

Owning It… With CONFIDENCE.

Where to begin? Start here:

photo-84DO ONE BOLD THING™: THE NON-NEGOTIABLE FIRST STEP TO OWNING YOUR SUCCESS… WITH CONFIDENCE:

1.  SELECT YOURSELF FOR SUCCESS!

That’s it! THE often-overlooked first non-negotiable step: Achieving the Success & Happiness you crave begins with Selecting Yourself!

The tough thing about Success? It’s up to you.

The GREAT thing about Success? It’s Up To YOU!

SUCCESS? IT’S UP TO YOU.

Know What You Want. Laser-focus it. Name it. Courageously commit by making it non-negotiable. Grab a quick break and get in front of a mirror and self-talk-it if you need to.

Realize goals worth reaching – the goals you value – are rarely achieved in one-fell-swoop of BOLD Success. Success happens in a series of baby BOLD steps along the way – some forward, and yes, some back. Sometimes more back then forward.

Success is a choice you make. As is Happiness.

What matters is that YOU believe in YOU.

CONFIDENCE IS Believing In Yourself(!) even in that moment – especially in that moment – when it’s easier not to.

(Or why would anyone else believe in you, if you don’t believe in fabulous you? When YOU believe in you, others believe in you, too!)

Thinking this advice applies only for young professionals, early in our careers? Think again.

At every age and every stage of your work and life, to GET what you want you need to KNOW what you want.

Achieving what you want begins when you commit, when you OWN IT with CONFIDENCE … by Selecting Yourself For Success!

DO ONE BOLD THING:

Select Yourself For Success! 

OWN IT… WITH CONFIDENCE.

Achieve The Success (& Happiness) You Crave.

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© 1993-2014  Ann Ulrich, Owning It! at THE BOLD! FACTOR® Award-Winning Leader, Trusted Advisor & Women’s Empowerment Conference Speaker, Encouraging & Inspiring Women To Lead With CONFIDENCE.  AnnUlrich.com

PHOTO:  I snapped this shot at Neiman Marcus, downtown Minneapolis (before NM left Mpls) as an inspiring reminder of the fit form collection I owned in my former career as professional plus-size model and agency owner – and how it applies in so many ways to the business of life for professional women… whose success & happiness I passionately champion at THE BOLD! FACTOR®.

We Need You To Come ALIVE! Right Where You’re At

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WE NEED YOU TO COME ALIVE! Right Where You’re At

Figure out what makes you Come ALIVE!
Do more of that. Be more of that.

Come ALIVE right where you’re at!
Now… not maybe, not later.
Here… not when you get, you know, there.

When you do, you inspire us to Come ALIVE too!

Your Success?
Your Happiness?
In Your Career, Your Business, Your Life?
It’s ALL Up To YOU!

Are you surrounding yourself with people who are as ALIVE! as you want to be?

DO ONE BOLD THING:  Promise yourself you won’t Sleepwalk thru another moment of this fleeting hour… another hour of this great day… or another day of your precious life.

Go BOLDly. Confidently. Success? Happiness? It’s Up To YOU! Own It.

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© 1993-2014  Ann Ulrich, THE BOLD! FACTOR® Catalyst, Strategist, Leader, Keynote Speaker & Mentor: “Navigating Success With Confidence! Self-Empowerment For Emerging Leaders & Motivated Professionals.” Subscribe to receive blog posts at:  AnnUlrich.com

PHOTO:  Title card in my 2-in-1 Inspired Action! Success Card Set: DO ONE BOLD THING.™ and SHIFT YOUR OLD TO BOLD!™ I lead thought-provoking table discussions with these cards, which feature favorites from my trademark strategies shared in BOLD… as round table topics in my interactive Keynotes, and in-depth strategy conversations.

5 Ways You Can DO ONE BOLD THING™ To Select Yourself For Success With Confidence!

photo-2When you wake up tomorrow, Monday September 23rd, you’ll have 99 days until the new year begins.

99 DAYS… EACH DAY AN AMAZING GIFT!

We do not get today back. We don’t get a single one of these next 99 days back.

Be Your Own BOLD CAFFEINE! Promise yourself you won’t sleepwalk through a single day, a single hour, or a single moment!

By the way, naps and inspired downtime are not sleepwalking. You know when you need to step back to get ahead. Super SMART. And just because you’re Super Busy does not mean you’re not sleepwalking… in fact, I’m pretty sure it’s when we over-commit that we are MOST at risk of self-induced sleepwalking… right through our work, right through life.

99 DAYS… JUST THINK WHAT YOU CAN ACCOMPLISH OR CHANGE OR BEGIN…  BY STARTING. RIGHT. NOW!

It will only happen if you get focused, get committed, get going and keep going. I’m on this exciting ride too… and I’m here to champion you… so let me know in the comments below how I can help.

What’s inspiring me to inspire you?  Many things. Here’s the big one:

On our home calendar today, it wasn’t the *first day of Autumn* that caught my eye, it was this: 265/100. I’ve never noticed this countdown before. Today it not only caught my attention, this number urged me to stop and re-commit NOW- not waiting till, you know, *happy new year* – instead, taking action right now.

And since I’ve been at this awhile, I’m pretty good at taking my own BOLD action. How do I keep it fresh for myself? Keep walking my talk? By challenging myself that my own BOLD action needs to be the one I’m – for whatever reason – AFRAID to take. THAT’S the one I must do next… even when… especially when… it’s easier not to.

To keep reinforcing what I know I need to do, I create ways to reinforce YOU. Selfish? No, Smart. ;)

There isn’t a single story, trip-up or triumph, or lesson or BOLD Nugget of advice in all of BOLD that I haven’t personally and/or professionally faced or dealt with… or in some way experienced, too.

Where to begin? Start here:

DO ONE BOLD THING.

How?

SELECT YOURSELF FOR SUCCESS.

And then?

Here’s the 5-Way FORWARD-FOCUSED WHAT IF (by the way, Forward-Focused is the ONLY What If worth asking!) Question to ask yourself – to take a quick inventory as your own reality check – when you’re not sure where to start taking your next BOLD action to create your next Success:

It’s not about CAN You.  (YOU CAN!)

It’s about WILL You.  (WILL YOU?)

WHAT IF YOU WILL…

1.  CHANGE one thing you know is not working.

2.  CREATE one new way to share your gifts & talents. 

3.  COMMIT to making your next success happen.

4.  CALIBRATE your busyness based on your priorities.

5.  CHAMPION yourself first.

Your very first step is your BOLDest of all… whether your focus is work or life:

DO ONE BOLD THING.

SELECT YOURSELF FOR SUCCESS!

OWN IT WITH CONFIDENCE.

IT’S UP TO YOU!

I’m committing to my next One BOLD Thing.

Will You? BRAVO! If you share yours in the comments below we can help champion you!

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© 1993-2014  Ann Ulrich, Owning It! at THE BOLD! FACTOR®  BEST BOLD U!   AnnUlrich.com

PHOTO:  While out on a quiet walk last Fall, I came across this beautiful scene… sort of nature’s bouquet hidden deep in the woods near our lake cabin. And now, with 99 days remaining in 2013, I’m reflecting on the amazing(!) adventures since launching my own business in 1993. As I step into high gear this Fall, taking my own BOLD-BOLDer-BOLDest action presenting powerful new BOLD Keynotes along with creating the next iteration of THE BOLD! FACTOR®… and launching BEST BOLD U! I’m blessed, thrilled and inspired to champion the BEST BOLD in YOU.

3 Ways Your Quiet Confidence Inspires Contagious Excellence

photo-24Your quiet confidence and quiet leadership can be BOLDest of all. 

I was blown away the first time a smart professional told me she didn’t think of herself as a leader because she was not charismatic and not extroverted. She felt those were pre-requisites for being a great leader. Or in fact, for leading at all.

Ah, I smiled. Our conversation ended with a smile on her face too, as she saw for the first time how her inner strength, her quiet confidence *can be BOLDest of all*.  

Since that conversation years ago, when speaking or leading inspired team retreats I often include a segment I created on Valuing Others’ Expressions Of BOLDness.

In reflecting inward, and ultimately broadening our peripheral view to others, we begin to see the beauty in how we each bring BOLD differently… positively impacting our own success, as we create more success (and have more fun!)… individually and together.

3 Ways Your Quiet Confidence & Leadership Can Be BOLDest Of All, Inspiring Contagious Excellence! 

1.  When you step back to shine the spotlight on others, you inspire others forward. 

Be sure you don’t step so far back as to slip under the radar or become invisible. We need to see you. In shifting the spotlight, you’re offering others the opportunity to get known for – and remember by – their positive impact. Inspired by You. You’ve just magnified the impact of your positive leadership by inspiring another to lead, and in turn, inspiring the leader in others they lead…

2.  When you listen closely as you typically and beautifully do, people know you care.

When people know you care about them, they begin to trust that you also care about what matters to them. Imagine the possibilities! Your quiet confidence in listening to others – with genuine interest – can shift the frustration, malaise or disengagement in your team by inspiring them to start tuning in to each other, creating contagious excellence – and new success – as you build a team of people who actually care. About each other as team, customers, clients, community… translating beyond work to home, families, friends…

3.  When you speak, people want to hear what you have to say.

Your quiet confidence is shared in less words. Your select messages inspire what’s needed in this situation, meeting or conversation. The example you set can inspire and build a team of people willing to share their point of view, encouraging others to share theirs, too. Allowing people the opportunity to courageously build new confidence as they practice, develop and share their own points of view… whether quiet or not so quiet… is a gift that lasts a lifetime, contagiously rippling waves of excellence as new success. 

Do you consider yourself a Quiet leader?

Do you bring your BOLD by leading Quietly?

Here’s an important last (or first?!) step for you:

Do One BOLD Thing.

OWN YOUR SUCCESS WITH CONFIDENCE. 

It’s Up To YOU!

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© 1993-2017  Ann Ulrich   AnnUlrich.com

PHOTO:   While keynote speaking in Taiwan, after my sincere effort yet seriously-lackluster results learning to speak Mandarin Chinese, I was rendered helpless on stage if not for the calm confidence of kind Taiwanese Translators. This is when and where I envisioned creating my speaking business, back in 1990, in their year of the Horse. If you’ve been to our condo, you may think I love horses… what I really love is the vision that was born in me in that one experience of a lifetime, in the year of the Horse. And maybe being a Taurus gave me the guts to actually make it happen.

Inspired By The U.S. Open: When Under Stress, We Forget The Simple Things

photo-72Did you watch the U.S. Open on Father’s Day?

David and I enjoyed a sunny Sunday afternoon date on our deck cheering Phil Mickelson on to his would-be so-deserved first U.S. Open win.

Alas, Phil retains his spot as THE classiest U.S. Open second-place winner. Again. Darn.

While focused on Phil, it was actually a quick comment made on Saturday by Golf Channel host and Hall of Fame golfer, Colin Montgomerie that caught my attention and stuck:

“When under stress, we forget the simple things.”

The simple things – getting back to basics – can be a smart way to do business – an inspired way to live!

Next time you want to earn trust, get remembered, make the sale, win the win, be selected, land your next Success… or maybe just have things come a little easier when it all starts feeling more like a setback than soaring…

Get back to basics.

One Of My Favorite Ways To *Get Your BOLD On… By Getting Your BOLD Back!*™ Creating Success By Getting Back To Basics:

LET OTHERS IN.

You got where you are with the help of others who know you, learned about you or experienced you in action, and now trust you.

In the race to success, have you stopped letting others get to know the real you?

Let others in so they can discover too, just how great you are.

Next time you’re in a conversation, posting a social media update, positioning your business, or delivering a critical message… listen carefully to the conversation underway, understand what’s happening around you, and add to it by letting others know something that lets them in, to get to know you in a keep-it-real genuine way.

I’ve seen huge shifts when leaders I’ve worked with toss their piles of slides and statistics and share a personal story instead. Now what you say matters. Because you matter. You just became real. And relatable. Someone worth listening to. Tell us more.

Now we know you’re not selling us… or telling us… or repelling us.

You’re inviting us in.

When it comes to creating or re-igniting success… building your brand – building business – and building a life you love…

Let others in so they can discover too, just how great you are.

It’s Up To YOU!

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© 1993-2017   Ann Ulrich   AnnUlrich.com

Photo:  Ah well, rather than simply sitting idle again this Summer, apparently my golf clubs (golf cubs?) struck up a new friendship at the lake!

The Risk In Bringing Uncalibrated Passion

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BRAVO those who bring Passion in a positive-impact way:

Lighting up new smile-inducing possibility! inspiring Passion in others! creating new success together! while passing it on…

As one who admits in her Bio: *I wear my Passion on my sleeve and when I have no sleeve I wear my Passion on my arm* ..

In my speaking and writing, I’m sharing this lesson I’ve learned the hard way:

Your Passion Must Be Calibrated.

Uncalibrated Passion puts you and others at risk of experiencing and contagiously spreading a sudden and unexpected, potentially-devastating downward spiral, spelled:

S-U-F-F-O-C-A-T-I-O-N.

To lead and love life, don’t risk success and happiness by playing it safe. Don’t stop being Passionate – your Passion makes you come Alive!

Besides, watered-down Passion risks flatlining……..

To bring your Passion effectively: Calibrate accordingly.

So how can you keep Passion alive while Calibrating accordingly?

GO BOLDly! with your eyes, heart and mind – and your peripheral view – wide open.

Mindful of people and aware of situations… caring about what’s happening around you… seeing and feeling… helps keep you calibrating beautifully.

Bring your Passion. Light us up. Make things happen!

How will you bring your Passion?

It’s Up To YOU!

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© 1993-2017  Ann Ulrich  AnnUlrich.com

Photo:  Ah, The BOLD Exclamation Point! All those school years, I was marked down on papers for incessantly over-using it. Years later, when I launched my own business, l claimed it as my Logo, happily over-using it ever since, as my reminder and commitment to keep leading & living passionately *!*

Need. Want. CRAVE.

photo-50It didn’t strike me until the drive back home.

It took being turned down for a client project I was referred into which, as many direct referrals can be, this was indeed a perfect fit.

A potentially perfect fit. Or so it seemed.

At first glance anyway.

That day I observed, listened and learned much about two simple words:  

Need and Want.

The client I would be working with, as Trusted Advisor championing, advising and guiding her in quickly ramping up new success, was just promoted into a freshly-minted executive role. The project required focusing our work together in a few key areas:

Professionalism, self-leadership, executive presence and confidence.

Right up my alley.

At her executive salary, in her executive role, and in this successful fast-paced firm, the plan to have her contributing at a high level was imminent, clear and achievable. On many counts, she was simply a Rockstar.

There was one obvious thing missing:  her own motivation to change. 

That can be a project deal breaker for me. Altho I didn’t get the chance to decide that because she instead chose the route of continued perpetual assessment. (This would bring her to nearly one dozen with no new action taken – other than completing the next assessment!). With no action taken on the findings, as a result, nothing changed.

Which is why I was brought in… Next!

It can happen when someone else sees change you need, stands ready to invest in whatever it takes to achieve change you need… when what really matters is that YOU want to change for YOU, YOUR career, YOUR life… 

Not for change sake and not as change for others. That’s a tough road.

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IMG_1621Next time YOU want to achieve change in your work or life. REAL change. Ask yourself a few questions:

Do you NEED this change? this new impact, result, outcome? (and why?)

Do you WANT this change? this new impact, result, outcome? (and why?)

Or Do You CRAVE this change. (and why?!)

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Need It? and you’ll soon find the air has left your balloonthe motivation needed to change requires more than Need. (and if someone else has chosen this change as needed for you? Good luck with that.)

Want It? and now you’ve invested some firepower, motivation, or at least enough passion to shift beyond Need to Want…

CRAVE IT?! with the right plan and support system in place, you are setting yourself up for SUCCESS! REAL passion and REAL motivation and REAL ownership and REAL commitment.

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Think about it the next time you wonder why the workouts didn’t last, the project didn’t get finished, the popular book never got read, or the passion in general fizzled or derailed. I’m thinking about this, too!

As a result of that almost-new-client experience, I better understand now why I drift from certain goals and yet I spot-on nail a few others!

photo-19Maybe you needed it or thought you wanted it… because if you truly CRAVED the outcome or result… you’d still be on your way or looking back, smiling at moving forward on – and achieving – any goal you actually CRAVED. 

Let your head take you to whatever goal is next… but it’s your PASSION that will light your fire and keep it flaming bright… through every obstacle, distraction, and excuse that threatens to derail you.

And YES there will be obstacles, distractions and excuses to derail you!

Next time you’re addressing a potential change… Try this:

!  Ask yourself:  Is THIS change is worth your BEST BOLD EFFORT. What’s motivating you? Why?

!  Next:  Run a quick Need. Want. CRAVE. test on your personal BOLDometer to scale up and validate your Why.

!  And then: Run with it or Walk away! and either way…

KEEP GOING.

That’s Confidence. That’s Self-Leadership. That’s Success!

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© 1993-2013 Ann Ulrich   THE BOLD! FACTOR®     AnnUlrich.com

Photos:  We light this tray of candles, lots of candles actually, as our moveable fireplace in our condo. Fireworks are a favorite annual event – shot over the 3rd Avenue downtown Mpls bridge – right in front of our deck.

Seeing With New Eyes

This painting has been in our home for years…

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Today, for the first time, I noticed his smile.

I’m drawn to smiles. So how have I never seen this smile before, when it’s right in front of me. In our home. Every day.

Did I STOP and actually SEE this painting on this relaxing Sunday morning…

…as tho seeing it for the first time?

What if we STOP and SEE… as tho for the first time.

STOP and LISTEN… as tho for the first time.

STOP and SPEAK… as tho for the first time.

STOP and SMILE… as tho for the first time.

STOP and HUG… as tho for the first time.

STOP and ACCEPT… as tho for the first time.

Maybe it’s more about STOPPING.

Than it is about SEEING.

Try it this week:

STOP and SEE WITH NEW EYES.

As tho for the first time.

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©1993-2013 Ann Ulrich, THE BOLD! FACTOR®   AnnUlrich.com

Photo:   In our dining room, a favorite shabby old 1955 painting I found in a French-themed flea market in Mpls by artist Naring. It reminds me of a favorite experience I had in Taiwan in the year of the Horse, 1990.