Do you have one thing that you think about doing every single day, but you never quite get around to doing it? Something that nags you constantly by day and by night?
Perhaps you dream about going into business and selling your blue widget to the entire world? Day after day you run through your business plan in your head, but you never actually put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard.
Perhaps you’ve always wanted to win a gold medal in the olympics and you wake up in the morning feeling as if you’ve stood on the podium the night before singing the national anthem until you’re hoarse?
Perhaps you’re constantly dreaming of shedding those extra kilos and going out on the town in a size 10 dress you’ve hidden in your cupboard for the last decade?
Does your dream feel so important that you never seem to take action, for fear of the “F” word – FAILURE? Or even worse, do you take action, begin chasing your dream, and then don’t follow it through to the end?
You didn’t think I was talking about THAT “f” word did you? Those of you who know me personally know that I’m not a fan of either “f” words. Yes, failure is important for growth and development, just don’t expect me to like it. And call me prudish but surely you can extend your vocabulary and use a little imagination rather than resorting to the latter “f” word?
For as long as I can remember I’ve dreamt of writing. In early primary school I wanted to be the world’s best storyteller. By late primary school I wanted to be a poet. I even managed to win a junior poetry competition and have my poem read on ABC radio national. When high school came around I was set on becoming a journalist.
Until one bad experience stopped me in my tracks. As a straight A student, I wouldn’t settle for anything less. When I received a little criticism in year 10 from the local newspaper in a mock interview, I decided that I wasn’t destined to be a writer. After the interview, I refused to discuss being a journalist again. Off to uni I went and became a scientist.
In hindsight, it turned out for the best because I may never have found my passion for agribusiness if I’d become a journalist. Don’t get me wrong though, I have no doubt I would have enjoyed every moment of journalism, especially with my insatiable love of travel, current affairs and delving into the nitty gritty of almost any given topic.
That brings me to my ever present and persistent dream. The dream that began in the information age with the evolution of blogging. Three or four times a day without fail, an idea for a blog post I’d like to write pops into my head.
Sometimes it’s a post about life in business, sometimes about my equestrian eventing, and often it’s just some little epiphany I think I’ve just had. I usually start concocting the blog post in my head and then furiously scribble down a couple of key sentences in one of my pretty pink notebooks.
And then I do… nothing. Not a thing. Nothing.
I did get started once. I built this blog. Then I wrote a couple of posts.
When I felt that my second post didn’t really “hit the mark” with readers, I stopped posting. Hmmm… I vaguely remember that my first blog post on this site made mention of my fear of sharing my writing.
Today I’m starting afresh and sharing this post with you. I’m also sharing a commitment to myself to keep on writing. Who knows where it may lead. At this point I don’t even care. All I know is that I’m sick to death of having blog post ideas pop into my head and never getting them out there.
I’m a huge fan of Steven Pressfield’s writing and especially one of his books, The War of Art. One of my favourite quotes from this book is:
“Fear is good. Like self-doubt, fear is an indicator. Fear tells us what we have to do. The more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it.”
What’s stopping you from taking action and chasing your dreams today?
What’s the one thing that you could do today to get started? Can you commit to it by writing in these comments how you’re going to start?
Here’s to living our dreams,