Sometimes the biggest act of courage is a small one.
— Lauren Raffo
You play it safe all the time. There’s too many worries, too many things to do.
Not enough time.
And all of those what-ifs pile up on top of each other, weighing us down.
Best to err on the side of caution. Best to play it safe. Best to do what’s right.
I have a secret for you.
I get tired of never taking any chances. I get tired of worrying.
I get tired of always doing what’s best for others.
Let’s hook our dreams to the back of a rocket, light it up and let them soar into the universe.
Let’s burn our fears that are holding us back and ignite the dreams that will propel us forward.
Do the hard. Push your way through it. Put in the effort.
Tell yourself it will be OK because it will be.
No one said this dreaming business was going to be easy.
Some people never gave you any credit. They never understood you anyway. They never heard your cries. They never cared about your dreams. They only shoo’d you along now, patted you on your head, laughed at your big city dreams.
They don’t know you. Not then. Not now.
You know you. You know that brave center that exists inside of your core.
Call upon that force without thought, without fear and just let Her roar.
Whatever it is that sets your soul on fire. Light a candle and give it life. Keep lighting that candle each day until it’s true or until you’ve moved on.
Whatever it is that’s keeping you back, hugging that wall, hiding under that stone, toss it like a stone in the river.
Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand-and melting like a snowflake.
— Francis Bacon Sr.
Uncertain of the future? All you need is right here and right now.
Take the first step. You have you.
You don’t need anyone’s permission but your own. You don’t need anyone telling you what you already know to be true.
Find your energy list.
Do the hard.
What’s that one thing you keep thinking about? That one thing that is nagging you this way and that?
Let’s do some writing and activities this week to figure it out.
Writing Exercise I: If money is no object, how would you like to spend your days? What would you do? Where would you go? How would you live? Perhaps there is something you’ve always been afraid to do — like flying. Perhaps you want to be an artist. Or live in another country. Write it all down. Write it down and keep it in a very special place that you can refer to often.
Dream Catcher Activity: Let’s pretend the above is possible — and it very well could be — and take one tiny step this week to making it happen. So, for instance, say you want to be a photographer and have your own business. Make a list of three things you could do to turn that dream into reality. Pick one of those things and do it this week.
Please share your dreams here and that one tiny step you plan to take this week. I will share one of my dreams on the Awesomely Awake Facebook page on Monday.
This week’s intention, incidentally, and the exercises are based on a writing course that I have taught called Fearless Writing. It’s a great self-discovery creative writing class for writers and want-to-be writers that I will be offering online later this year! Please sign up for my newsletter to get the details on all e-courses that I’ll be offering. Sign up on the right sidebar. People have been asking for this course to go online, and I’m happy to make that happen.
May 14, 2012 at 1:40 pm
thanks im NEARLY 70 YEARS ON THIS PLANET AND I GIVE MYSELF PERMISSION TO DREAM ONNNNN thank u
May 14, 2012 at 10:30 pm
My one tiny step toward becoming a published writer is to improve my blog in at least one way this week. My one tiny step toward world travel is to save $50 this week toward a trip.
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May 17, 2012 at 12:45 am
I’m new to your blog, but I am so glad I found you! Loved this post and you inspired me to stop procrastinating and actually do something about a small goal of mine… thank you!
May 17, 2012 at 6:21 am
Katepickle — and I am glad that you found us, too!! Please share if you’re willing … sometimes it helps to toss it out to the universe for a bit more accountability.