Is fear robbing you of your dreams?

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As Dawn told you in her post Spring is springing @ The Pink Typewriter Project, we are in the middle of a redo of PTWP with some fresh new photos, exciting free offers, and an updated design. So exciting!

This has also spurred a renewed sense of purpose and ton of planning for the future. Along with this planning has been a lot of earnest talk about how far we want this blog to go and I can tell you this …we want it to go all the way to pink super hero blog status!! We have big dreams, big plans, big things to share with the world, and huge ideas on how to help you, the planet, and indeed, the Universe (assuming there are some unhappy and unfulfilled aliens out there reading this on their Kindle)! WE ARE SOOO EXCITED!!!

And along with big dreams comes a ginormous amount of fear. Dawn and I shared with each other our fears and I bet they look a lot like yours. Do these sound familiar? Do any of these pop into your head as soon as you start thinking big?

You’re afraid that you aren’t talented enough?
You’re afraid no one will take you seriously?
You’re afraid you don’t have the determination (perseverance, willpower, motivation or work   ethic) to make it happen?
You’re afraid you’ll put in a ton of effort and fail?
You’re afraid you’ll be successful and not be able to handle it?
You’re afraid your friends and family will think you are crazy for even trying?
You’re afraid you don’t know enough? 
You’re afraid someone else is already doing _insert dream here_ and doing it better than you could?
You’re afraid you can’t make a difference so why bother trying?
You’re afraid you are thinking too big?
You’re afraid you’re not an expert?

I have all of these fears and many, many more swirling around in my head constantly. As we were talking about our big dreams together we could actually see the fear crossing the face of the other person as we dared to dream big. “How dare you?” it screamed. “Who do you think YOU are?!” It was scary, really scary, because we were looking at fear head on and wondering who will blink first. So far, I have always, always, my entire life, blinked first. I’m not going to be the one to back down this time. This is too important.

In her book Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, Elizabeth Gilbert says, “We all know that fear is a desolate boneyard where our dreams go to desiccate in the hot sun. This is common knowledge; sometimes we just don’t know what to do about it.” 

She’s right of course. Dead right, no pun intended. Hello boneyard! But the older I get, the more I feel time passing quickly and find myself often wondering how much longer I have to regret not chasing my dreams. I’ve wanted to write a book and run a kick ass business helping other people since I was a little girl. When is the right time to get it done I ask myself??

So, do I have all the answers now. Nope! But I feel the courage welling up inside of me. The courage to stare fear in the face and not blink. My plan is to dream big dreams, set big goals, create lists of small, not so scary steps, and give myself deadlines. Then force myself to do the scary thing, whatever that may be.

Dawn and I plan to share with you as we face our fears. The things that have helped us face down our fears and dream big we hope will help others have their own super hero moments. We’ll provide the pink cape!

We would love to hear from you! Let us know:

Have you ever had a big dream and found yourself procrastinating? Was it because of fear? How did you break through that fear or are you still looking for answers?

Thanks for your comments! We appreciate you joining us here!

Hugs,
Dana 

3 thoughts on “Is fear robbing you of your dreams?

  1. Marquita Herald

    Congratulations on all of the exciting changes and your growth plans! I have tested myself in some fairly dramatic ways over the years, and of course I’ve experienced fear along the way but I believe what I have going for me is that fear was a big issue when I was growing up. Fear didn’t just run in my family, it galloped. So from an early age I became determined not to follow in the family footsteps. So far, so good. Look forward to following your journey!

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  2. Dana Thompson

    Thank you Marquita! Most in my family took the traditional path and did not take many risks when it came to life. My dad was the bravest one in my family deciding to quit his job of 23 years that his grandfather got him at IBM to move 1,200 miles south to Florida. He took a huge risk moving us there away from family and friends to a new country and an uncertain future. I always admired him for that and hope he is looking down on my new found bravery with pride.

    Thank you for stopping by! I always enjoy reading your comments!

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