Monday, August 3, 2015

Monday Quotable

I’m guilty of setting my default position on “I’m so happy for them! It’s awesome they can live a life where they pursue their dreams.” When it comes to my life, however, I think about the dream life I want—I can actually see it quite vividly—but I often don’t see a path to it.  That is where faith comes in and I draw on it often for motivation. That said, there is that little voice in the back of my mind telling me that life is beyond my reach.

The fire that keeps the evil little doubting voice around might be stoked by my excuses:

I don’t know where to start.

What if no one likes my work?

What if I look stupid in front of everyone?

I’m too busy to work on my creative exploits.

There is so much risk involved.

I’m can’t afford to throw money at the wind. I need something certain.

There are hundreds of thousands of people doing what I want to do. There is no room for me.

I’ve got an excuse for every scenario. All of these excuses hold me back and keep me from being among the dream seekers. The truth is, it’s not just my excuses. Perhaps it’s because I put financial stability high on my list. Or perhaps it’s because I like the security of health insurance. And maybe it is because a tiny piece of me believes that I don’t have a right to live my dream. Why? Because I’m not daring enough and because working for someone else is what I’ve always known. Shaking up the structure is tough. That’s why today’s quote jumped out at me. I have to constantly remind myself that I have a right to pursue my dreams and live a happy life. The projects I’ve been working on will lead to something and the only thing holding me back—at least in these early stages—is ME.

Do you have an inner doubter? What do you do to silence it?

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