Thursday, July 17, 2014
Dreaming vs. Doing
I love talking about writing. I love reading books about the craft of writing. I love spending time with my writing friends and dreaming about writing. Do you know what the hardest part of being a writer is?
It's the actual writing.
We all have dreams--whether it's writing a novel, running a marathon, or snagging our dream job. Our dreams are our passions and hopes for the future. So why is so hard to actually live them out?
One word: Fear.
Fear of failure and fear to move out of our comfort zone. Steven Pressfield calls it the resistance. Seth Godin calls it the lizard brain. It's that part of ourselves that wants to stay safe and comfortable.
The people who reach their dreams are the people who have learned to face this discomfort head on. We have to learn to be vulnerable and uncomfortable and to stretch ourselves in ways that don't always feel natural to us.
Reaching our dreams isn't about circumstances or even talent; it's about making a choice to step out in faith with the belief that you'll fly.