That Dream You’re Scared to Go For-Go For It!

We all have dreams. Goals we strive to accomplish.

At times, life feels like a game. Sometimes we win. Other times we fall short of our goals.

We can see our failings as failures, or we can see them as opportunities to learn.

Maybe failing is really a stepping stone to success.

The dream you’re scared to go for because you’re scared of failing-Go for it!

Taking chances can be scary, but that doesn’t mean chances aren’t worth taking.

One example in my own life is when I traveled to India. It was an amazing and crazy adventure, but I was so scared to go. It was a major step outside my comfort zone, but one I knew I had to take. And I’m glad I did. If I hadn’t, I would have missed out on the adventure of a lifetime.

Like any adventure into the unknown, there were moments that pushed me way out of my comfort zone, but every step I took made me stronger. I met awesome people, saw beautiful sights on the other side of the world, and was able to experience life from a different perspective. It was a dream come true.

No one ever got anywhere in life by staying in their comfort zone. Fear of failure isn’t a reason not to move. In fact, maybe it’s the reason to move. In order to conquer fear, we have to face it, right?

When I was deciding whether or not to take a risk and plan a trip to India, I thought about what my future self would think. Would I wish I hadn’t spent so much money, spent so much time and energy preparing, and would I regret leaving the safety of my comfort zone? Was I making a mistake by taking a chance on such a crazy dream?

As I considered the pros and cons I realized with absolute certainty that one day, I would look back and be proud of my decision.

I was scared of leaving my safety-net. Scared of the unknown. Scared of change.

And while I had friends who live there that would travel with me once I arrived, I was scared to travel overseas alone. But I refused to let fear be the deciding factor in how I was choosing to live my life.

The truth is, the reasons that made me afraid to go, were the exact reasons I needed to.

I needed to push myself outside my comfort zone. To experience life from a new perspective. To live my life by embracing the moment, not just planning for it. To challenge myself so I could grow as a person. So I could learn and be stronger because of it.

I needed to be brave. To not be afraid of my own fear.

Fear is human, but it’s what we choose to do with our fear that ultimately decides our fate.

Bravery isn’t lack of fear, it’s continuing in spite of it. Do we sit in fear when it comes, or do we run with it? Do we use that fear as fuel to be better, or do we let it hold us back?

Think about that dream you’re scared to go for. Why are you scared to go for it? Then ask yourself this: Should you go for it?

I refuse to let my fear hold me back.

What about you?


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Hi! My name is Rachel. I love to write. Write about life, love, and reflect on how the past builds the future. Mostly, I love to tell stories because I believe there is something about stories that brings the world closer together. You can check out some of my writing reflections here at Rachel Writes.

4 Comments Leave a comment

  1. I work on that every day. I like this line you wrote: “The truth is, the reasons that made me afraid to go, were the exact reasons I needed to.”

    There’s so much truth there. So often, the things I am afraid of doing are the things I need to do most.

    Funny story: I was shy to the point of near-panic the first time I went on a date with my now-husband. SO glad I didn’t let fear stop me.

    Thanks for this post, Rachel 🙂

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