Most of us dream our dreams and leave this world never having lived those dreams. I don’t know about you, but this year has taught me there is no time to waste in actively pursuing our dreams.
Pursuing our dreams can be scary. It means we most likely have to go out of our comfort zone. It takes courage.
What do you think courage is?
When I ask this question, I get answers like; “It means being brave or fearless.”
Here’s the truth about courage.
Courage does not mean that you are NOT afraid. Quite the opposite. It’s the ability to take action when you feel afraid or uncertain. It’s taking action even when you are afraid. Courage is what will make you say yes to things in spite of your feelings about it. Confidence says, I know what I’m doing. Courage says, I don’t know what I’m doing, but I’ll try anyway.
As I was watching a video from Mel Robbins, it hit me why our dreams are never lived, left sitting quietly on the horizon.
The dream is free and EASY. But the goals you need to achieve in order to live those dreams come at a cost; time, effort, money. Goals are HARD. We need courage to do hard things.
So what’s the difference between dreams and goals.
- Are really big, inspiring and motivating.
- Should be made public. You should talk about them. Research shows that when you talk about your dreams, you feel more inspired to go after them.
- Never have a timeline or an expiration date. None of this, “by the time I’m 30” stuff.
- Are EASY
E- Energized: You should feel it in your body
A-Aspirational: A dream is a hope or ambition that makes you feel bigger. You know? That you’re up to something bigger than the small stuff in your everyday life.
S-Spacious: When you think about this dream, there is something that expands. It could be in your spirituality, your physicality, your consciousness, your purpose or the impact you’re making,
Y-Yours: Your dreams don’t have to make sense to anyone else. Dreams are easy because they are yours. Not someone else’s expectations.
- Need to be made small so you can take action.
- Should be kept private. When you talk about your goals, you’ve tricked your brain into thinking you’ve already achieved something, which makes you less likely to work at it. This is new to me. But there’s science behind it.
- Needs to have a deadline and be measured for completion. It creates urgency and importance in your mind in terms of getting them done.
- Are HARD
H – Habit: Something you’re going to do over and over until you achieve the goal.
A-Action: Just thinking about the darn thing isn’t going to make it happen. Goals require focus and consistent action.
R- Reachable: Goals have to be realistic. You can’t lose 100 lbs in a week, but you could lose 3 lbs in a week. You have to believe it in order to go for it.
D- Do it anyway: Yes, even if it’s hard. You have to stay in action.
We know a dream without a goal is just a dream.
We also know, goals without a dream are not just HARD but EXTRAORDINARILY HARD! We need the motivation and inspiration of the dream to propel us forward.
If your dream isn’t motivation enough, you need to understand why this dream is important to you.
What are you afraid of in pursuit of this dream?
Fear of failure? Fear of rejection?
Fear of success?
What is so amazing about living this dream that is so much greater than your fear?
When you find your why, you find your courage. You will pursue your dream even though you are afraid. You’ll know that living your dream is so much more powerful than living your fear.
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