I started the morning off by watching a few TEDxTalks about going after your dream career which all seemed to be highly linked to overcoming fear.
Yes, fear has been what has kept me locked in one place. Am I good enough? Will anyone care about my ideas? About me? Will anyone see me?
When you have a dream, the very essence of the dream is the very essence of you. If your dream is rejected, ignored, or mistreated it feels personal. Deeply personal.
So, though I don’t have a ton of advice to offer those of you who are also going after your own dreams, I do have that bit of a warning to offer. Prepare yourself, because you will feel things personally that everyone else may say are “no big deal.” This, however, is not a reason to give up, quit, or make your dreams smaller.
It is a big deal, because it—your dream— is you boiled down, polished up, and presented to the world. If you cannot say what you are pursuing at this minute fits that—-then you haven’t landed on your ‘dream’ yet. You may have discovered an interest, but keep digging.
In one of the TEDxtalks I listened today (http://youtu.be/iKHTawgyKWQ), the speaker—Larry Smith, said that when you go to propose to a person you don’t say, ‘I think I’m kind of interested in you.’ You need to be passionately convicted. You need to know this is who you want to be with. So, if you don’t feel like your goal that you are pursuing is you boiled down, polished up, and presented to the world— keep looking.
If it is, welcome to the scary scary world of vulnerability.
There are some questions you can ask yourself to help move you forward in moving beyond your fear, a few of them were presented by Jonathan Fields in a TEDxtalk done about turning your fears into fuel (http://youtu.be/pkFRwhJEOos).
so, here I post these things—because I have a burden to use my creativity and compassion to encourage and inspire people. I am here to say that I am passionate about letting people know that they are seen. That they are loved. That they are worthwhile and enough.
And I want your help to guide me in shaping these passions into something meaningful, beneficial, and me boiled down, polished up, and presented to the world. Through the journey, I will share insights and resources with you, the reader, that may help you find your passion and goal that you can confidently say is you presented to the world.
The last week has been fairly intense with the dream exploration. Two friends and I are deep in the name finding, branding, educating ourselves on small business quest.
It is scary… like something I can’t even explain. Every time I’m asked what I want to do with this idea, I freeze up—finding myself completely inarticulate.
How do you give voice to your heart? How do you say it in a way that it will be accepted? What if I’m not good enough?
It is scary…. no doubt about it.
Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.