Why is the extraordinary life for someone else? Why does another person get to live the life you dream about and wish for? Why not you?
Let me ask you a question.
If you only had one year to live, and the only way to prolong your life was to do what your heart desired most – what would it be? This isn’t a bucket list of to do’s. It is a chance to look inside your soul and reflect on what you were meant to do with your life.
The responses I’ve heard to this question: 1) write music; 2) start my own company; 3) get into real estate; and 4) travel the world and take pictures, to name a few.
Inevitably the answer is followed with a, “but…”
These wonderful individuals who are uniquely created for amazingness, begin to verbalize their doubt, fear, and scarcity mindset. They talk themselves back into a cocoon of limitation by using this simple conjunction.
But, I don’t know how to do that. But, I don’t want to take the risk. But, there isn’t any money in it.
Then, I usually say two things:
- There is no other you. Not before, not now, and not ever. You are unique and amazing in who you are. Don’t let fear and doubt stifle the power you hold within.
- When all is said and done, someone is living the life you are dreaming about. Why shouldn’t it be you? Why not YOU? If this is what your heart desires – go get it. YOU can do this!
I despise how we doubt and limit ourselves. I see so many beautiful and extraordinary people living inside shells of fear. I see myself reflected in them. I see my fear and regret.
And even now, I am not immune to this. Fear surrounds all of us, but we have to be more afraid of just existing in life. We have to be more afraid of the numbness and regret that results. Let’s be more afraid of that life than we are to live out our dreams. When we live from dull moment to dull moment – we sleep walk through a life of regret.
My current reality, the fear of publishing my first book, has grabbed me. I worry if it is good enough. I fear that it won’t help anyone. Fear tries to tell me that I am not able to make a difference. It tells me that I cannot get enough people to read the message that is burning inside of me. It tells me – I need to bury this foolish desire to become and author and a speaker. It tells me – I can’t build the audience. On and on it goes.
HOWEVER, I can’t go back to the way things were. I am so much more afraid of the disillusionment, bitterness, and hollowness I felt before. Life to me was simply existing. I wasn’t living.
Yes, fear may surround us, but LOVE empowers us. It strengthens us to find the freedom of fulfillment. Its power to fuel the commitment to our purpose gives us the courage to share it with others.
As I prepare to make my next jump, I feel it all. The positive and negative pelt me like a downpour. It confuses me and makes it difficult to see sometimes. But this I am convinced of, if I were to be given one year to live and the only way to prolong my life was to do what is in my heart; it would be to write, share, and speak in order to inspire you to believe in yourself. To know that I am with you, sharing in the difficulties of finding our greater self.
You are amazing. You are powerful. You are more than a cog in the system. Your value isn’t and never will be reflected in a paycheck. If you follow your dreams, you will be more than OK. In living your dreams, you will find fulfillment and a satisfaction beyond your imagination. I’ve never heard of someone who has regretted taking a chance to do what they love. Don’t let the fear get to you. When you AWAKEN to your possibilities; you will RISE higher than you ever thought possible.