Posted by: Jeremy Reimer on Tue Sep 27 23:47:43 2011.
Did you ever have a dream?
Was it silly and outrageous? Was it physically impossible? Did it involve time travel or conversing with dragons?
Let’s leave the dreams that are actually impossible aside for a moment. If I had a dream, say, to play for the NHL, it’s already too late. It would require time travel to get the number of years of training required and still be eligible for the draft. That’s okay. There are other dreams to chase.
If your dream is actually physically possible, why aren’t you doing it? Probably the single most common answer is fear. We feel that trying to reach for our dreams and failing would be much worse than simply not trying, so we avoid it. We do the absolute minimum required to keep ourselves going. We stay at the same job because it’s safer and easier to do so. That way, we get to keep the dream, but we keep our reality as well. As long as the two never meet, everything will be okay.
Except it’s not. Not really.
What if we took that fear and used it to keep from failing while we actively pursued our dreams?
Wouldn’t that be amazing?