When Following Your Dreams is Scary
When I first set out to start a blog, I had no idea what I was doing, honestly, I’m still unsure, but I knew I wanted something different. I noticed my life and what I was currently doing and thought to myself, why not write about it? This is how any dream starts.
I wouldn’t say I’m anything like a professional, I’m still a beginner honestly, but I’ve come to see the dream I have as something I can achieve, rather than just a dream. I also feel like some of these thoughts could be pretty motivational for someone out there, so I figured I’d send them to ya’ll rather than just keep them for myself.
Following your dreams can be scary, I freak out about one dream or another at least twice a week. I think to myself “Heather, do you have any idea what you’re doing?”. Truthful answer: Maybe. I have a list. One thing I’ve learned about following your dreams is that they need a mission statement or a vision if you will. This needs to be written out so you can come back and read it often, whenever you are feeling doubtful about the journey you have begun.
This vision statement needs to be clear. Outline all of your specific goals so they are laid out neatly. I don’t know about you but I like everything sorted into neat little sections so I can see it all, not as one big mess but as many little steps, or pieces, of the big picture. Once I have all the details outlined, it becomes much easier to see my goal in front of me, and what I need to do in order to reach that goal.
I used to be afraid to follow my dreams because of what others might think, and I won’t lie to you, I still struggle with this at times, but I’ve found that it doesn’t matter what everyone else thinks. All that matters is that I’m trying and I’m moving forward. My writing may not be so good or I may not have all the skills I think I need to run my own business or run a blog, but I had to start somewhere.
My skills can only get better than they are now. I like to think of it like this: Each time I make a grammar mistake or fail in a cringe-worthy way, I can look back at what I’ve done, and know what I did wrong, I know what not to do. Thomas Edison, when asked about his process of making the light bulb said this: “I have not failed 700 times. I’ve succeeded in proving 700 ways how not to build a light bulb.” If we do not consider our failures to be failures, but rather stepping stones toward our ultimate goals, then maybe our dreams will become that much more attainable.