Today I have a bit of a different share for you.
It’s something I think about a lot this time of year. And this year it’s particularly top of mind.
That is passion.
Regardless of what for, passion is what drives us when everything on the outside says to give up.
Passion is what helps us come up with reasonable solutions to unreasonable problems.
Passion is why we are all here. Playing this entrepreneurial game. Putting in the hours. Learning the skills we never thought we’d want.
It’s the passion.
“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
So I ask you, what dreams would you pursue if you knew it was impossible for you to fail?
I mean, what if it were truly impossible for you to fail? If you knew that whatever your dream was, whatever you were passionate about, you would absolutely achieve.
You just had to choose it!
Your current position in life can be the launching pad to the destiny you've always dreamed about.
Bigger dreams take longer to achieve. Yes.
But if you focus on small steps and take consistent action, you can achieve whatever your heart desires.
The key to a life of success and fulfillment is to chase your dreams. Consistently. Creatively. Beginning today. You must start your journey now.
Setting More Challenging Goals Leads To Achieving More, And Receiving Feedback Is A Good Motivator To Goal Success (Journal of Applied Psychology)
Because now is what is promised. Now is what we have. And now is how to make sure you have a new step to take tomorrow.
It All Comes Down To Attitude
Much of the battle for your dreams is fought in the mind, which is why it's so important to believe in yourself and your abilities.
Before you even start making progress towards your dreams, know that success is yours for the taking if you believe and take action.
There are many reasons that you may doubt yourself.
You may convince yourself that you lack the intelligence, resources, or capability. But if you have a dream in your heart, you can achieve it!
It's just as easy to convince yourself that you can do it as it is that you can’t.
The problem is, it’s not as common. We aren’t trained to empower ourselves. It’s just not the way most of us are raised.
To convince yourself you can do it, start by replacing self-talk with empowering affirmations that fire you up and get you moving.
Time to get ready to reach your goals.
People Who Have A Greater Understanding Of The Goal Purpose Have More Chances Of Accomplishing Their Plans (Personnel Psychology)
Start by questioning and attacking your doubts. Are they really true? Are they logical? Most doubts are simply exaggerations based on fear.
Replace them with empowering thoughts that boost your confidence. Instead of focusing on the big picture, focus on the small steps that will get you to your dream.
List all the skills and positive qualities you possess. If you can't think of any, ask your friends and family.
Others often have a better perspective on your strengths than you do.
Think of the compliments you've received. Write them down, and review them often to combat the fear and anxiety that falsely lead you to believe that you aren't good enough.
Next, list the things you want most in life. What are your financial and career goals? What would you like your relationships to be like? What are your core values?
Explore yourself and find the dreams that you've buried beneath fear and inaction. Dust off those dreams and start to take action today.
And remember...these are struggles we all face! Even the most successful of entrepreneurs has days of doubt. Days where an attitude of possibility rather than an attitude of limitations takes work and conscious effort.
Study Shows That Setting Goals Keeps You Persistent In Business Success (University Of Texas)
Dealing With Fears
Once you've decided to go after your dreams, you'll likely deal with some form of fear.
Risk can be scary. But the people that take risks tend to be happier in life in the long run. The choose to step out of your comfort zone to chase after the destiny you deserve.
When you feel fear, listen to what your mind is saying.
Ask yourself why you're afraid and determine whether this fear is serving you, or holding you back.
If you can’t figure out what the fear is of, here’s a neat trick that can help identify it.
Whatever your fear is, let’s say you realize you have a fear of failure.
The best question you can ask yourself is...are you ready?
“And then what?”
So, you’re afraid of failure. And then what?
Allow yourself to answer that question without judgement. And keep asking that question until nothing else comes up.
You see, our brains often don’t know how to call out what is bothering us. So it actually ends up being the unknown we are afraid of.
So keep asking yourself this question until you get to what you are truly afraid of. (Because failure, in and of itself, is no more scary than not starting...the ultimate outcome is the same)
Some fear is healthy, but much of it is caused by irrational exaggerations of reality. People who achieve great things feel fear and choose to turn that fear into a motivator to push them forward.
The primary reason many fall short of their dreams is inaction. If you face your fears head on and take consistent action, you will achieve the success you deserve.
If you fail to take action, the fear will win.
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C.S. Lewis
Today take one small action that will begin to create in you an unstoppable momentum. Ride that momentum to the destiny you desire - and deserve!
Do something today that you will be proud of yourself for tonight. Something that, at the end of the day, you can put your feet up and know that you did exactly what you needed to do.
And tonight, relax. Enjoy the satisfaction of knowing that you are moving yourself forward. You are overcoming your fears.
And you are in control of your days!