By Jackie White
Caution. This blog is going to confront your fears of living out your dreams. Be prepared to find yourself wanting to actually chase after those dreams that have been held hostage for years by fear.
What’s it going to take for you to get on board? I mean WTF? Why The Fear? Why the fear of living life? Oh, you’re not scared? Prove it. Yep, I dare you. I double dog dare you! Ok, if my challenge of a double dog dare isn’t making you move towards your dreams, then let’s discuss how damn important your dreams are. Whooo, I know, I'm getting tough!
Listen, if you are a serious DreamChaser, then you got to get to the chasing part. Chase after that dream. Pay attention my friend: you were never given a dream without being given the ability to make it a reality. That is the truth, so what is holding you back? WTF? Let’s look at some of the most common reasons or excuses people have for not pursuing the dreams in their heart.
The Reasons...The Excuses
Time: This manifests in two separate but equally wrong assumptions. The first one is that you don’t have time to chase dreams. The truth is that life is about chasing and living dreams. When you begin living your dream, you see the world shift in ways you couldn’t imagine before. The second assumption is a danger zone. You think that you have plenty of time and you’ll get to it one day. One day and someday are really another way to hide behind your fears while time is running out.
Logistics/Resources: This excuse is for the practical person. Maybe you think you need every detail figured out before you make a move. Nope. Just make a move. Everyday just keep moving forward towards that dream! C’mon one foot in front of the other! No, you won’t look like a fool, you will look like inspiration to those who can’t seem to make the first move!
Perfectionism: To my dear Type A friends (that’s me too!), cut the crap. You know not everything needs to be perfect. It can’t be. It won't be. No you won’t die if everything isn’t perfectly thought out, executed or managed. However, you can die without allowing your dreams to have a chance to live. Ouch! So drop this excuse.
Failure: Hey man, I get it no one wants to fail. What if you fail and then your dream is gone? What you learn if that happens, is that particular dream wasn’t the dream. You have another one that’s waiting for you to live it! Another way to look at failure is that you now know, that choice was shifting you towards the right choice. Just don’t stop choosing, chasing and living that dream!
Success: If this is your problem, this is actually not a problem. This is an indication that you are just getting ready to step into the success your dream is going to bring.Success can mean more money, fame or more work. None of those things are inherently bad, they just need to be managed properly and you can do that. Most importantly, though, success mostly looks like happiness and that is worth all the effort.
Not Worthy: I especially don’t like this one because it’s just not true. I will refer you again to the fact that you do not have a dream placed in your heart without the worthiness to hold that dream and live that dream. What has to happen here, is you need to work on yourself a bit and examine why you feel this way. It is important to all areas of your life to know that you are worthy of all that life has to offer, including your dreams.
So WTF? Why The Fear? Yes, all those reasons or excuses not to go after your dreams all have one thing in common, fear. Boom! Peel back the layers and that is what all the hubba bubba and litany of excuses is about. Fear.
Lucky for you, today is the day to face your fears! I get it, you might be thinking “whoa there, Nelly, slow it down!” You might think that facing fears feels like a lot. Here is what facing your fears does, it takes the power back and gives it to you. Even if you start plotting out how you will face your fears and pursue your dreams, that is progress. Start today. Do something to start moving forward.
So, maybe this blog may come off a bit strong, but it’s only because it’s important. So important that your life literally depends on it. The satisfaction, contentment and happiness that can be found when you choose to go after dreams will make you wonder WTF all these years?
Just go do it. It’s your turn to get after those dreams!
Shine On, DreamChasers. Shine On.
Erika Fehrenbach Prell is passionate about inspiring and educating, others on their path to complete wellness-mind,body, and soul. This desire led Erika to the helping profession of nursing, and she obtained her Master's Degree as a Nurse Practitioner in 2007. Erika specialized in cardiac surgery, largely influenced by her personal experience with heart disease. While she loved working with this population, her heart's desire has always been to impact lives on a larger scale and from a proactive, not reactive, place. The universe answered when her path crossed with Jackie and SoulShine was born. Erika finally feels she is walking in her purpose and is excited for this journey to unfold.