Year after year we make resolutions and promises to ourselves that THIS will be the year. THIS will be the year that we will pursue our dreams; THIS will be the year that we will be happy. But year after year these promises fall short, and we go on living unfulfilling lives.
It’s not that we don’t want to be happy.
It’s not that we can’t pursue our dreams.
It’s because there is something standing in our way that we are unwilling to face.
Whether it disguises itself as procrastination, forgetfulness, doubt, lack of time, or its many other incarnations… it’s always FEAR hiding behind the curtains.
Fear is what stands in the way of our dreams. Fear is what stops us from living the fulfilling, happy life that we so deserve. That YOU deserve.
“Never let your fear decide your fate.”
But it’s not fear itself that is the problem. It’s our responses to fear which are the problem.
You are a living human being, and when new experiences (or even just the thought of one) arise, fear is a natural reaction. It keeps us on our toes. Its original purpose was to keep us alive… to make us aware of our surroundings and to warn us of what might happen.
But somewhere along the line, we forgot how to work with our fears and use it to propel us forward.
Instead, most of us deny our fear. Ignore it. Which stops us from living to our full potential, numbing out our pain and suffering with tv, the internet, addictions, or other behaviors leading us to live dull, unfulfilling, and sometimes harmful lives.
We convince ourselves that we’ll start painting when the kids move out of the house, we’ll follow our passions “after things settle down a bit”, or we’ll start that blog we dreamt about when “we’re ready”.
“Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears” ~Les Brown
But the truth is, that perfect time may never arrive, and you’re just throwing your life’s potential away because you’re afraid of it.
You’ll never have enough money, enough time, or enough support to follow your dreams. And we ALL will always have fear to overcome.
Fear is a healthy emotion that you need to work through.
Once you realize this and stop buying into the fact that fear is wrong or something to be avoided; then it will loosen its tight grip and you will essentially become more “fearless”.
So this year, instead of making resolutions that never last, and making excuses for not following your dreams and passions, it’s time to step up and face those fears.
Identify them, acknowledge them, then move on anyway towards what you know will make you happier.
This year, make a resolution to practice courage.
Because once you start swapping your usual response to fear with practicing courage, things will change exponentially in your life.
But that’s not to say practicing courage is easy. Like the name suggests, it takes practice.
You are not alone in facing your fears. Let us gather with courage. Let’s put our fears out in the open, talk about them, and let them loosen their grips on our lives. Let us swap stories and lift each other up on this courageous journey we call life.
Are you ready to make the resolution?
It’s time to shine to your life’s fullest potential!
In the comments below, dream big and tell me… What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail, or if fear wasn’t standing in your way?
Always in curiosity and love,
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