I was thinking today about how hard it is sometimes to take a chance in life. All of us have experienced times where we’ve just wanted to take a leap, and reach out for whatever it is we’ve always wanted. Yet, something holds us back. Something keeps us from just going for it. Usually, it starts with, “Realistically…” or “I doubt it’ll happen, but…” or “It’s probably crazy, but…” You get the drift. There are so many times we shut ourselves down, tell ourselves “No”, before the idea has even left our lips. Sometimes we are lazy and we tell ourselves “It’s too hard” Most of the time though we are just cowards. We’re too afraid to take that leap of faith and reach out for our dreams. We give fear the deciding vote at the table of life. What is it about the human condition that creates this self-destructive monster, which eats away at your dreams one excuse at a time?
For as long as I can remember I have always wanted to write. It’s something that I have always been passionate about. For the longest time I did not write anything. The reason for this is that I was very good at coming up with reasons not too. I sabotaged myself with pragmatism. Most of my reasons were often of sound logic and made sense, but at the end of the day, these reasons were just a good name I gave to excuses. I was a coward. When it comes to our dreams most of us are the same. We are too afraid to take that first step to become our better selves. It’s easy to be afraid, and there may be plenty of examples around you to feel so. But just because something hasn’t been done yet doesn’t mean it cannot be done at all. It just hasn’t been done…yet.
The most popular excuse most of us make: “What will people think of me if I decide to pursue this dream that I have?” The tragedy is that people won’t think anything of you if you don’t. Yet they will think the world of you when you succeed and make it. The only failing is not trying. Who cares if you don’t make it? And when it looks like you have failed remember that sometimes a dream broken is dream worth having. There is no expiration date on your dreams. Take a deep breath ….woooosah, pick yourself up, press reset and try again. After all learning it’s not about the fall from grace but the rise from failure. So grab your dreams with both hands and hold on tight, never letting go, even if everyone else around you believes it’s pure folly to do so. If you really want people to believe in you, and support your dreams give them actions and not words. (Unless you are a writer then maybe give them words). What you have done for your dreams already matters more than what you might do some day.
Dream. Believe. Achieve.