A lot of things can cause us to avoid trying to reach our dreams. Fear, past experience, and ridicule are all potential threats to our goals. It’s easy to stay in our rut. In fact, it’s so easy we often mentally decorate it with reasons to stay there.
Holding Back: If you’ve ever been mocked when trying to do something new you may set into your mind a strong will to hold back from ever trying to do something new again. None of us like to be teased, called names or have all of our past history paraded before us as the reason we won’t achieve.
Fear of Pain: Some dreams come with a certain degree of pain. This pain can be physical, emotional or both. An injured person who wishes to get back into shape will find that it hurts. Depending on the injury, it hurts a lot. A person looking for someone to love can also be hurt. Sometimes the person we love doesn’t love us back. That hurts.
Fear of Failure: This is probably the biggest single fear for all of us. What if we try to reach our dream and fail? How could we live with ourselves? It’s so much easier not to try…if we don’t try we can’t fail.
John Wayne: “Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway.” This is one of my favorite quotes. It helps me out of my rut. It encourages me even when it hurts. It prompts me to look at my failures to see where it went wrong and try again to reach that elusive goal.
I have had people tell me about all my past failures and mock me because I failed again. I think they’re afraid I will actually succeed. That’s something to keep in mind if someone does the same thing to you. Don’t let a small minded, jealous person steal your dreams.
I have had emotional and physical pain. The love is and was worth it. I’m not ashamed of any tears. I’ve also had two serious accidents that create pain regularly. I don’t let it stop me. I may have to take things slowly. I may have to wait to let the worst of the physical pain get by me, but it’s not going to stop me.
I have failed. I’m human. I’ll fail again. The reason I’ll fail again is because I’ll get up, dust myself off and, as Wayne said, saddle up anyway.
I will dare. Will you?