Step Out of Fear and into Your Dreams

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A quote that I really like, yet really didn’t ‘get’ until recently is “If your dreams don’t scare you, they’re not big enough.” Why does it make sense to me now? I recently watched Elizabeth Gilbert, author of ‘Eat, Pray, Love,’ being interviewed on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday. I am a big dreamer and have definitely experienced fear around my dreams, yet it wasn’t until I sat down, stopped working, and truly listened to Elizabeth’s interview that I got it. She discussed the fact that when you move toward your calling in life, you will be faced with obstacles and understandable reasons to give up and stay in your comfort zone (paraphrasing here) and that living your life fully isn’t necessarily the easy path, yet it’s by far the most worthy one.  

I know I want a life of deeper meaning, greater love, more miracles, and mind-blowing fun-loving experiences that go beyond what I can imagine, and yet am I truly willing to walk through fear and step into my highest self? It certainly can seem to be easier to retreat rather than forge ahead. Elizabeth reminded me that the perceived setbacks, obstacles, hurdles, and nay sayers are simply experiences to help us grow into who we are meant to be…or more succinctly…to show up as who we innately are, magnificent and worthy of living our lives fully. Am I willing to face the obstacles and see them as growth rather than failure? 

Living your life to the fullest isn’t for the faint of heart. It requires courage, gentleness, perseverance, and that gut feeling that you HAVE to do it, not just simply that you want to do it. There will be plenty of nay sayers telling you it’s too big of a dream, few succeed at it, and a variety of other reasons why it won’t work. And yet, if it consumes your thoughts, makes you come alive, and yes – scares the crap out of you, then it’s time to step out of fear and into living your dreams.  Living full out is scary and sometimes seems unobtainable, and yet it is so very worth every second of it. It’s worth going through the valley to be able to relish at the peak. It’s worth the ebbs to discover that flow is easy and graceful. It’s worth it as you discover the journey is every bit as meaningful as the destination. It’s worth it simply because YOU are worth living your best life.

For the next week I invite you to step out a fear and into your best self by…

Being gentle with yourself when you feel less than your best and know that too is allowing you to step up and into deeper love with life.

Knowing it’s okay to go at your own pace whether its the slightest movement forward or diving in head first. This is your life, your journey, your dream. 

Focusing on what makes you feel alive and loved. Your dream may seem way too big for some, and not enough for others, and yet, if it brings a smile to your face, it’s worth focusing on.

Remembering that time spent in the valleys of life simply make the view at the top even more spectacular and meaningful.

Mostly, my wish for you is to realize no matter how big or small your dreams seem to you, you are worth living it. You are worth getting up every morning and being grateful for the amazing day ahead knowing you created it to your liking, to your desires, to your interests, and to your dreams.

Until next time, I am walking through any of my fears towards living bigger and bolder, care to join me?

uplifting quotes

“Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will.”
~ James Stephens

“Fear is only as deep as the mind allows.”
~ Japanese Proverb

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop and look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.”
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

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