I’m one of those people who will think something to death before taking any action whatsoever. It’s both a blessing and a curse. There are times where it paralyzes me and I’m too caught up in the details to make a move. I overthink things that shouldn’t be overthought. I plan until the planning makes no sense.
And I worry.
What if this dream isn’t what I should follow? What if it fails? What if I fail? What if this dream isn’t what I really wanted to pursue after all?
Sometimes, we need to leave the planning and doubt behind and take that leap of faith forward. It’s not easy for people like me to do that very thing. Sometimes we like to get our toes wet first. And sometimes that is ok, so long as we propel ourselves forward.
So there is a dream here. It’s been planned to death for a couple of years now. Perhaps it’s time to put my toes in the water.
I am certain that we all have times where we experience self doubt. The am I good enough, or the what if they don’t like me, or the I can’t do this feeling creeps into our lives at times of self doubt. I know for certain these feelings come into my life often. I worry about failure because of self doubt. I might not even attempt to try what I wanted because self doubt tells me I can’t do it.
Then, there are times when I have allowed self doubt to win and I see someone else out there doing what I had wanted to do. I realize that they are no better at it than I am. The difference though? They didn’t let self doubt stop them from going out and doing it.
Dreams and aspirations don’t need to be halted because of self doubt. Put yourself out there. You may be surprised at just how much you can accomplish when you put self doubt into the back seat and let confidence take over the steering wheel for a while. Believe in yourself.
We all have desires that we hope to fulfill. Perhaps it is a particular end goal, like finishing a graduate degree, or maybe it’s one that continues to evolve as time goes on. Sometimes that dream gets modified as we grow and realize that the particular dream we had no longer suits us.
Over the last few months I have taken steps to work towards realizing my own dreams. There are many of them actually. Some of them are lumped together, and others stand alone.
Sometimes it takes courage and a leap of faith to take the next step. That is something I discovered. Sometimes it takes an external event that makes you realize you’re wasting time. Other times it might be that internal fear of failure that stops you from realizing your dreams. Don’t let it. Life is too short to keep putting your dreams on the back burner.
You only regret the things you didn’t do. You’ll live with the what-ifs and never know if you would have been a great success. Or if you found a way that didn’t work, because if you tried, there is no such thing as failure.
So, dream, yes by all means. Keep dreaming. But then take that dream and one step at a time, turn that dream into your reality. What will you see when you look back after you did?
Everyday life sometimes gets between us and our dreams. We work to pay the bills but there is oftentimes an underlying passion that sits there. An unrealized dream.
Sometimes things happen in our lives to make us remember these things. They send us down a path where we face them again and again, re-sparking that passion that was lingering with a slow burn under the layers of drudgery that is daily life.
When that happens, we are almost forced to listen. We see it there, hazy like waking from a slumber, where it is all but forgotten. That is when you know you need to pay attention to those dreams. To determine how you can make those dreams a reality. To set goals to achieve what it is you’ve always wanted. Don’t back down now. Something out there is calling to you.
You live this life once. Don’t let your opportunities pass you by. Find your way. Find your happiness. Because when you do, you won’t have regrets at the end of your days. Live your dream.