“You spend your whole life imagining ghosts, worrying about your pathway to the future. But all there will ever be is what’s happening HERE. And the decisions we make based in either LOVE or FEAR. So many of us choose our path out of fear disguised as practicality. What we really want seems impossibly out of reach and ridiculous to expect so we never DARE ask the universe for it”
Impossible, as we discussed yesterday, is often a reflection of the limitations of others which they try to impose on us. The choice, however, is ours as to whether we listen to them or not. If we want to achieve great things in life and business, we need to test the limits of what really can be achieved. The only way to do this is to take action. When you do this, one of two things will happen. You might achieve initial success, in which case you need to reflect on the process so far and do more of what has worked well. You could even identify further opportunities for progression towards your goals. Alternatively, if you fall short of your goals, view this as a learning opportunity. Take some time to honestly reflect on what happened and identify what you can learn from the experience. What could you have done better? What opportunities were missed? Determine what skills or knowledge you may be lacking, address those areas and try again.
The time has come to stop playing it safe. In doing so, you are not only short-changing yourself, but also denying the world of so much goodness and beauty. When you chase after your goals with passion and determination, and challenge what is commonly held to be impossible, there is no telling what might be achieved or discovered.
Let’s say, for example, that you dream of being an artist but don’t have a formal education in the arts. You want to express yourself, create something beautiful and share it with the world, but you fear being criticised or ridiculed. You also have a full-time job and are short on time. What do you do?! Forget about everybody else and just do it anyway. Rather than watch box sets in the evenings and weekends or going out, devote that time instead to your creation. Sketch, draw, paint, write and just put it out there. The internet has a seemingly unlimited number of outlets for your work so you can then share it with the world. Some will compliment, some will criticise and others will offer constructive feedback. The truth is that we rarely get it right on our first attempt, so listen to the feedback and keep creating. You can only achieve greatly once you leave your comfort zone and challenge yourself.
The same applies with anything else which you may be seeking the courage, or waiting for the right time, to attempt. By all means, tell your friends and family what it is that you intend to do, but don’t be dissuaded by any hesitation or misgivings which they may have. Be bold enough to go for it. You will be embarking on a journey by the end of which, even if you don’t achieve your initial goal, you will have grown as a person and have gained knowledge, skills or abilities.
Be brave. Take action and challenge what really is possible. You might push boundaries, start a movement, solve an important issue or find a way to help others in a meaningful way. You won’t know until you actually try, though. Don’t hide your gifts and talents, and deny the world of what you might achieve, just because you are being swayed by the doubts or others or lack confidence. Take that first step and see where it leads.