Once upon a time there was a young girl, who wanted to take over the world. She had so many dreams, so many talents. She just knew the world would know her name, and that she would live the life of her dreams. Full of success, happiness, and all the riches her heart desired. Though she had all the potential, skills, drive, and everything to achieve these dreams, something would stop her. Something would make her never reach any of her goals. It would rob her joy, and poison her spirit. No matter what she did, and how she tried to shake it, it would stop her. She would say to herself “this time I’m going to do it”, and every year would “be the year” she would finally chase after her dreams. And as time went on that year would never come, and those dreams eventually withered away, and fear eventually lead her into a life of settling, and years of regret. Who is she you ask? Well sadly and now proudly she is me.
I was afraid of chasing my dreams. I feared failure, I cared way too much what people thought. I feared that I wasn’t good enough. I feared that if I tried and didn’t succeed it would be to hard to endure. I feared the unknown, and before I knew it I let fear rob me of my dreams. Now having grown mentally and spiritually, I know that fear will never cease. I now understand that to reach any goal or anything in life worth having, we have to “feel the fear and do it anyway”. Paulo Coelho writes in The Alchemist “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve, The fear of failure” Fear holds so many of us back in life. Most of us are afraid to just take a chance, step out on faith, and believe we have all the power to accomplish anything we set our minds to do.
I would love to tell you that it’s easy, that eventually fear will go away, but it’s not easy at all. Not easy and not vanishing. However I can tell you on the other side of fear there’s your dreams, your desires, the life you are capable of living. The one you dreamed of when you were a kid, when you thought you could move mountains. After the fear there’s the life you want, the life you want to fight for. Fight for your dreams, fight everything, and anyone that stands in your way. Fight with everything that held you back in the past, and fight for everything you’re going to gain in the future. I thought I could be happy settling, and the truth is I never woke up with the fire in my soul that I feel now. The moment I decided that fear won’t be the reason I’m not living, I became alive. Nothing worth having comes easy, and at moments you will doubt yourself, but to live a life you’ve imagined will be worth every obstacle you overcome! So start that business, start that blog, leave that person that serves you no purpose. Tell that person you love them, be happy, apply for that position. Do what ever it is that sets your soul on fire. Palms sweaty, knees shaking, heart thumping, voice shaking, stomach turning, and mind racing, do you feel the fear? Feel all of it, all the pain, all the doubt, all the resistance, all the things that are telling you not to do it, and do it anyway!