We all have dreams. When I was younger, I dreamed of being a star on Broadway. I absolutely loved to dance and sing, and everyday I couldn’t wait to get home from school to practice for my big debut. I could envision my name in lights and a standing ovation at the end of the show.
You know what’s wonderful about being a child – aside from not having to work and pay bills, which is pretty darn great – children do not have the fears that adults do. Children start off with a clean slate and the idea of failure does not even cross their minds; which is why they have such exciting dreams and aspirations. Fear is learned. It is our experiences that have placed this burden upon us. And that is all that fear is – a burden. It seeps into our minds, giving us false doubts of inadequacy, convincing us that we do not posses the talent or resources to reach our goals. Fear taints our dreams and paralyzes us from going after what we truly desire.
As a child, no dream was too far-fetched. I knew what I wanted and had my heart set on it. I did not fear rejection or failure. While my desires change as I grow older – my dreams of Broadway quickly faded once I realized I have a terrible singing voice – I still make an effort to approach all of my goals with that same fearless determination I had as a child.
What is preventing you from achieving your goals? Is the fear of failure holding you back? Do not give any power to your fears. Instead of focusing on what could go wrong, focus on how accomplished and happy you will feel once you have reached your goals. Let that feeling of joy override any doubts that you may have, and allow it to guide you to go after your dreams. It may not be easy, you may have fears pop up along the way, but stay focused on the end result and you will achieve all that you desire.
“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step.” – MLK
Daily nourishment: Today, choose to have faith in yourself and your capabilities. Know that you will reach your goals. You will not fail. The universe is on your side.
Wellness chat: What were your aspirations as a child? How do they compare to the goals you set for yourself today?