Raise your hand if you have a list of goals you want to accomplish, but haven’t even started working towards them yet. You keep telling yourself “One day, it’ll happen”, but it keeps getting pushed to the side. You’re not alone. We all do this. We all have big dreams that we’d love to turn into realities. The issue is not even trying to make them come true. If it is something that you know will add value to your life, then you should be pursuing it. So why haven’t you? What is actually stopping you from committing to these goals?
Starting something new is so scary and especially if you don’t have a good support system or back up plan. It’s because this is uncharted area for you. It’s a world of unknown possibilities and you don’t know what to expect. Keep in mind, that everything you ever tried for the first time gave you those butterflies. A few examples: a new job, doing something alone, dating. You persevered through that anxiety, learned, and made adjustments along the way. The funny part is that you didn’t really have to worry about anything. It turned out fine. Plus, just look at how far you’ve come since you initially started this journey.
Some don’t start these undertakings simply because they don’t have the skills yet and are self-conscious about making a fool of themselves. While I completely understand this feeling, I always take a step back and consider the fact that even the pros started with no skills at all. It didn’t deter them. Instead, they practiced until they mastered their skills. That’s all you have to do too! In fact, you could probably ask the more experienced people for advice and they would, more than likely, help you out. Stop being overly critical of yourself, take that first step, and try to have fun with it. Remember that it’s okay to suck at something new. You won’t always be at this level if you keep at it.
Who isn’t a little apprehensive about the impact of actions? We question whether it’ll work out or not. It is so easy to see the bad things instead of the good. Instead, you should focus on the positive aspects. If you are worried about something in particular, consider what actions that you need to take to prevent that and be less stressed. Be sure that you have a solid back up plan too. This will also help ease your mind.
Be bold and take a little risk. You don’t want to look back on your life and say, “What if”. It’s better to look back and say, “Wow! I can’t believe I did it!”. If it doesn’t work out for you, then at least you can say you tried.