|Don't abandon your dreams|
When I got tired of being stuck in the quagmire, I reached out. I found a book that revolutionized my life. Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway by Dr. Susan Jeffers. Before I read the book, when I got to the fear, I concluded I lacked courage and gave up. It resulted in dream paralysis.
I want you to learn from my adventure through the valley of fear. Here are a few things I learned that I believe will encourage you:
- Fear is NOT a lack of courage. When you feel the fear, it just means your body is reacting naturally to an uncertain situation. God created us that way.
- Feeling the Fear and doing it anyway is rarely fatal. Disclaimer for high octane thrill seekers: my dreams were not to jump out of an airplane at forty thousand feet without a parachute or climb Mount Everest without ropes. Moving forward won’t kill you, no matter how bad your palms sweat.
- You will have discomfort whether you push forward or run away. So, if you’re going to feel that way, why not do what you want to do?!
- If you move forward in spite of the fear, your sense of empowerment and confidence will multiply. You will find more courage, wisdom and passion for your dream. And, you’ll become more productive at working toward living your dream.
|Run toward your dream, not away from it!|
My life has not been the same since I made the personal commitment to feel the fear, and just do it anyway. Yours will change too. When you’re terrified, RUN! Just run in the direction of your dream instead of away from it. It will make all the difference in your world.
What are your fears? What’s kept you from living your dream? Leave a comment here.
|Reba J. Hoffman|
Reba J. Hoffman is the founder and president of Magellan Life Coaching (www.magellanlifecoaching.com). She holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Counseling and is a natural encourager. She serves as Member Care Coach for My Book Therapy and is the author of Dare to Dream, A Writer’s Journal. You can connect with Reba through her motivational blog, Finding True North, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow her on Twitter at @RebaJHoffman.