Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Overcoming Your Fears to Follow Your Dreams

I was just thinking about what it takes to reach your highest potential...
Vision, Passion and quite possibly the most important...Courage
Courage: When you are afraid...hands shaking... butterflies swarming your tummy...and you forge ahead and follow your dreams anyway.

Sometimes making a BOLD move is the only way to force yourself to grow into the person you were meant to be. I look back on some of my boldest moves...quitting my full time job to become a coach...buying a one way ticket to California... At the time, they were the scariest decisions I've ever made, but they also turned out to be the most rewarding.

Fear is a poison that will try it's hardest to immobilize you and paralyze your actions. Every Time you give in to your fear, you lose strength and belief in yourself.

Draw a line in the sand and decide that no matter how difficult the path ahead may seem...you will push past your anxiety & keep moving forward.

I've been afraid to rejection, afraid of what others might think & afraid that I would stumble and fail. What I am most proud of is being fearful and taking action regardless. Many times, I have surprised myself by rising to the occasion and prevailing. But there have also been moments of great failure. While I may not have understood it at the time, those are the experiences that taught me the MOST valuable lessons.

So I'm asking you to trust me and challenge you to step out of the norm. Take a chance and vote on YOU. There will be obstacles, others might not understand what you are doing, you'll stumble, you'll fall, some people might think you're crazy (and others will be crazy enough to tell you so).
At times you might feel like the world and everyone closest to you is against your dream- telling you it's not possible. Telling you that you can't possibly achieve it so don't bother.
In those moments, you may falter. You might find yourself giving in to the fear. You may be so frustrated that you want to give up.
But consider the alternative... if you give up on your dreams.... will you be content living in a rut? With an endless loop of "woulda, coulda, shoulda" playing through your mind?
The pang of regret, "What would my life be like if I didn't care so much about what people thought?"
What if instead of failure...you achieve success beyond your wildest dream? What if pursuing your dream gives others the courage to bet on themselves? What is finding your joy and following it means a life of fulfillment?

Instead of fear being a roadblock, look it right in the eye and decide that you're going to GO FOR IT no matter that. The TRUE measure of courage is not whether or not you reach your goal...it's how many times you get back on your feet. It's standing up and pursuing your dreams.

You're never going to feel READY...and you might always feel that fear...but weight the FEAR against the incredible POSSIBILITIES...and I have a feeling you'll be ready to dive in headfirst 
Courage is not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. 
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