Let’s talk for a moment about what kills dreams.
Fear kills dreams. “I worry that this won’t work out, it’s safer not to try.”
Practicality kills dreams. “This seems like an unrealistic goal, I better scale it down to something easier.”
Uncertainty kills dreams. “I don’t know how I’m going to do this, I’ll just wait until I have all the answers.”
Overwhelm kills dreams. “I was going to do this, but I don’t even know where to start.”
Conformity kills dreams. “What would other people say about me if I decided to do this.”
Busyness kills dreams. “I want to do this, but I don’t have time.”
Doubt kills dreams. “What if I’m not good enough to pull this off?”
Rationalization kills dreams. “Well, what I’m doing now isn’t SO bad, maybe I don’t need to do this after all.”
Routine kills dreams. “I think about doing this, someday I’ll look into it.”
Now let’s talk about what’s more important: what SAVES dreams.
It’s believing in yourself. Which sounds corny, it’s a phrase that’s been overused. But I’m not just talking about some new age mind-over-matter ‘if you believe in yourself you can do anything’ fluff. When I say belief in yourself, I mean belief that you have the fortitude to overcome the obstacles listed above.
It’s believing that the fear, doubt, overwhelm, and uncertainty surrounding big dreams won’t be insurmountable. That the end result will justify both the effort you’ll have to put in, and the ridicule you’ll get from others who are too afraid to think for themselves. That your dream isn’t impractical or too expensive. That you have what it takes.
If you have big dreams are worried about overcoming these nine dream killers, take a look at The Little Guide to Dreaming Big, now available in print. Because with the right guidance and support, everything becomes easier. Because living your dreams isn’t a privilege reserved for just a lucky or talented few, it’s obtainable by everyone, no matter your past or current circumstances.
Life’s too short not to spend it doing something you love.