This past week I had the honor of being the keynote speaker at the Southern Oregon's Women's Leadership Conference. I asked the group of over 400 women one important question:
"What would you do if you were not afraid?"
It is a question we have all heard before and possibly even answered. But life gets in the way and that "thing" is one of many "things" to look into, start, or restart. But why haven't you followed through on what you desire to do in order to live a more fulfilling life? Henry David Thoreau once said "The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation". We choose to stay where we are, never fully exploring what our lives would be like if we gave ourselves permission to be greater.
More than likely, there is nothing wrong with where you are. Life is good. If you never pursued that "thing" in your heart, life would continue to be okay. However, the desire not to interrupt what's good robs us of the opportunity to see and experience what's next.
If I had to speculate, I would say you are like I was and tend to ignore what's in your heart by constantly asking "How in the world will this even work?" Often times the magnitude of our dreams overshadows the simple steps it takes to get started.
If you find yourself with a dream that seems bigger than you, here are a few key things to always remember:
- It doesn't matter where you come from. Dreams are free and are available for anyone to pursue. Your age, race, background, or even your socio-economic status does not matter. Single, married, or divorced - it does not matter. It does not matter whether there is a PhD after your name or a GED. The sooner you stop discounting yourself the sooner your dream will manifest as you begin to pursue it.
About the Author
Melissa J. Nixon is a captivating keynote speaker, trainer, executive leadership coach, and courageous life strategist. She specializes in growing, developing and inspiring leaders and influencers to maximize their career, business and life potential. Melissa is also a contributing writer for the Huffington Post, LifeHack, Addicted 2 Success, and the Network of Executive Women. www.courageouslifeacademy.com
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