We all face fears. Fear of flying. Fear of heights. And the worst of all: fear of failure. Fear has the uncanny ability to paralyze us. So what do we do when we feel its icy-cold hands of restraint? We do what we must: we move.
For the longest time, I was afraid to be who I was. I was trying to live someone else’s dream. But one day a friend came along and told me the words I was longing to hear:
You are a writer. You just need to write.
Then something amazing happened: I began to live into my true calling. Friends, family, coworkers all saw it. They encouraged and affirmed my passion, which only fueled my pursuit even more. I began to do better work and enjoy life more. My wife saw this, too.
Don’t rob the world
Through this experience, I realized something: When we forsake our dreams for the sake of others, we deprive the world of a gift.
I’ve had my fair share of fears in my life. I’ve been timid and intimidated. Shy and apprehensive. But even when I’m acting courageously, those feelings have never gone away.
I recently interviewed a preacher who had delivered thousands of sermons in his lifetime. When I asked if he still gets nervous, he said, “I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t anxious.”
You know that fear you feel when you’re about to do something great? That never goes away. Turns out, the truly courageous ones just learn to name that feeling and move anyway.
When I stepped into my passion, I was afraid, but I decided to do something despite how I felt. And it made all the difference. I realized:
- Real failure isn’t as bad as we imagine.
- When you pursue your passion, the universe makes room for your dream.
- People love following courage.
Live your dream
I wrote about this as a guest post on Michael Hyatt’s blog. Here’s an excerpt:
After years of procrastinating, I finally pursued my dream. I decided to become a writer. To my surprise, I saw success far more quickly than expected: I launched a popular blog, got a publishing contract, and found my true fans—all within a year.
How did this happen? Simple. I believed in the dream before it happened. I didn’t wait for fear to go away; I started living into the reality I was longing for.
Read the rest here: How to Live Your Dream When You’re Scared to Death
Updates on You Are a Writer
By the way, here’s a few updates on my new eBook, which launched this week:
- You Are a Writer hit the Amazon Best Sellers list in a few categories.
- It’s now available on Nook.
- John Saddington is doing a giveaway for the eBook on his blog.
- The eBook already has over 50 five-star reviews. If you’d like to help, you can leave a review and click the “like” button at the top of the Amazon page.
- The price of the Golden Quill Package, which includes all the eBook formats, will go up after this weekend. Get it here.
When was the last time you were afraid — and did something anyway? Share it in the comments.
*Photo credit: Trevor Leyenhorst