Diving into the actions that will lead you to your 'dream life' can be incredibly daunting. As much as we may aspire to live more fully, to push ourselves to bigger, bolder things, we may also have an equal amount of fear and hesitation tethering us to the status quo. We may doubt ourselves. We may doubt our resources, our abilities, our support, our commitment.
Change is hard. There is no doubt about it.
And pursuing an unknown future at the possible expense of current comfort does not improve our desire to tackle change, even if it is likely to bring us good things!
The whole 'nothing ventured, nothing gained' adage is timeless and true. Uncertainty and fear of the unknown are a given.
But what will you do to overcome them?
I find that whether I'm coaching someone on their career, or their personal lives, there inevitably comes a point where their dreams and aspirations are asking more of them than their fear and trepidation are comfortable allowing. Meaning, we reach a place where they can literally 'see' their future selves. They can taste their success. They can describe in specific and tactile terms, exactly what they want to achieve or do. And yet...the fear of the journey to those aspirations is usually quite powerful. At times, even debilitating.
When we hit this wall of fear and uncertainty, I've found a few things that can help clear the deck (so to speak), and allow the action to take precedence and priority over the fear. Once that happens it is usually full steam ahead!
So when you find yourself excited about your dreams and possibility, but feel that cold shroud of doubt and fear dampening your enthusiasm, try these steps to keep yourself on track:
Congratulations! There is power in being real with yourself, with your dreams, and with your fears. You have more tools and options at your disposal than you give yourself credit for, and sometimes we need a map to find out way to our dream destination.
Don't let yourself get stuck at the dreaming phase, as you are likely to get hung up on the many challenges and obstacles you may face in achieving them. If you apply a methodical process to achieving your dreams, you will find that the fear of the unknown, the doubts and uncertainty give way to a reasoned and measured mind-shift. This mind shift allows you to focus on the specific action you need to take, and your tools and resources available to problem-solve and get you further down your path.
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