How is everyone’s week going so far?!! I wanted to take a minute and thank everyone that has been following along with our Dare To Dream series so far. It has been a really inspiring few weeks! If you missed the past few posts, you can catch Nakeia’s story here and Claudia’s story here. Both are different but so impactful. I have been so challenged by both of these women. I wanted to jump in here this week and share a few of my own little nuggets on dreaming.
Dreams can be big or small, whatever the caliber, they require faith, action, wisdom and strategy. In wanting to execute your dreams there are a few pitfalls or “dream killers” to watch out for. The ones that stand out to me the most are: Negativity, Fear, Procrastination, Your Past & Lack Of Support.
Negativity: There’s a scripture in the Bible that says: “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.” In other words, don’t share your precious dreams with people that don’t care and don’t have your best interest at heart. Being around negativity will literally suck the life out of you. Limit the negative influences in your life. Eliminate them if you have to. Positive vibes only!! It really makes a difference in how you perform.
Fear: When I was getting ready to start this blog 3 years ago, fear gripped me for months leading up to the official launch. Fear of Failure, fear of what people would think of me, fear in general was all consuming. I took the leap in January 2015 and I took it scared. I think fear is a natural part of the process, especially when you are sharing something personal. Putting a piece of you out there that can be up for people to judge, question and criticize, but move forward anyway. I think the biggest way to overcome fear is to do what you are afraid of. Surround yourself with cheerleaders that believe in you and push you to take the leap.
Procrastination: A lot of times we want to wait till everything is just right before we get started on a big project. Obviously there are key components needed to jumpstart your project, dream or goal but often times you have to work with what you have until you get what you need. This takes time. The longer you put off plans and procrastinate, the more apt you are to never get started. Procrastination cannot be an option while pursing your dreams and goals. Do one thing everything day that leads you toward that goal even if it is something small, and sometimes that one thing is actually rest.
Your Past: Prior to this blog I had 2 blogs that completely failed. Lack of direction and experience got the best of me. When I was getting ready to launch all I could think about was the failure in my past with blogging. If I had let this define me, I would have never gotten started and experience the future success that this blog would bring. Don’t let your past define you or paralyze you. Your past is your past, your future has not yet been written! Anything can happen.
Lack Of Support: I had mentioned this a little earlier, but it is extremely crucial to spend time with people that believe in you, cheer you on and support your endeavors! Find supportive, like-minded individuals that get you and understand what you are going after. For me, a blogging community is very important. Its is fuel and encouragement. Find your tribe and love them hard. There is nothing like support when pursuing a dream, it isn’t optional for your success.
That’s my two sense for this series!! Thank you as always for reading! Be sure to stop by next week to hear from Angelle of Dashing Darlin’! She is one of my blogger besties! We have been supporting each other from the beginning! Have an amazing week everyone!!