Fear & Big Dreams

By Evan Sanders

If your big dreams don't frighten you, well, they are not yet sufficiently large enough.

It goes beyond just being scared. There are occasions when you are seriously going to be paralyzed in fear. You may feel the immensity of the dream weighing down on your shoulders. Dreams are dense. Dreams are extraordinarily heavy on occasion. They have substantial weight to them. But they've also got an fantastic lightness about them if you really give them an opportunity.

You see, the majority try and go after their dreams a number of times, and when they fail, they give up completely. The amount of sacrifice, agony, and pain it takes to constantly go after something that you've imagined in your brain is enormous. Gigantic dreams will test your character. If you aren't the individual you need to be to see the dream through, dreams will effectively teach you those lessons through failure and ripping the rug out from beneath you. They have minds of their own and they can be your best teachers.

What can we actually do when that fear comes?

Do we actually have to do anything? Instead of building walls, running from it, or attempting to fix it...can we just sit with it and really feel that fear? When you stop running from your fears and you ask them into your life, a relationship develops. What if, when fear, doubt and worry show up in your life, rather than building walls to lock them out you begin building relationships with these internal emotions and feelings. Start understanding them, listening to them, feeling into them - just as you do with people in your life. Over the passage of time you might just begin developing deep relationships with these thoughts and emotions and they can ultimately become just as exposed with you as you are with them. Then, out of your worst fears, you might build the foundations of your life with rebar from the positive and the negative.

How potent would that be...to be well placed to create an unshakeable foundation built on your worst fears and your enormous dreams? You would never run again. Actually you would stand strong through any storm because now you are built from something that roots itself thousands of feet deep into the ground and extends miles into the sky above.

So if your large dreams frighten you...good. But when that fear arrives, don't run from it. No, use it. Melt it down and cast foundations with it. Court it. Create a friendship with it. There's significant power in fear, but you need to be ready to tap into it.

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