"There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of the people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age." - Sophia Loren
Taken from Mastin at The Daily Love.com
When we start contemplating living our dreams, we first bask in the possibility of what could be; we sit back and daydream about a better kind of life, a life of creative freedom, of starting our own business and being able to do what we want when we want. We see how big our ideas can be and then we come back to reality.
As we actually start to consider taking actions TOWARDS our dreams, that is where the fears, insecurities and doubts come up. And the biggest block of all is the need for security and certainty.
You see, you can't been a Seeker on The Path and value certainty over the adventure of creating yourself. We have to learn to let go of our attachment to what's comfortable, easy and safe and learn to become strong enough in our Faith to not avoid or prevent uncertainty, but to be solid within uncertainty.
The Path is one of uncertainty, of stepping out into the unknown and of being able to remain solid even when we don't know what the next moment will bring.
So many people will never realize their dreams because they place certainty so high in their lives that they never break free and dive deep into the unknown. It's a rare individual who feels the fear and does it anyway. It's an uncommon person who steps out into the unknown and goes ALL IN with their dreams.
I've come to believe that when I personally take risks on behalf of my dreams that there is great certainty, not through facts, figures, metrics or physical proof, but through the faith I place in The Uni-verse. I have come to know that no matter what I will be taken care of, I will meet the perfect people at the perfect time and that right before huge breakthroughs are moments of big time doubt.
The goal for us is not to shy away, no, our goal is to step out even though we are terrified of the unknown. We are journeyers, we are travelers, we are Seekers on a Path into our own Highest Potential. We are not promised certainty from the world, but rather from our Faith. It takes a strong person to step out into the unknown, day in and day out, to risk being wrong, to risk making huge mistakes when the stakes are even bigger and to be willing to fail. It takes an even stronger person to fail and then to pick themselves back up and realize that failure is only failure if we give up. Instead, this strong person sees failure as a lesson, as an education and as a test of how much we truly believe in ourselves.
You see, success on The Path comes in two forms: the first is being able to keep going when you would normally quit (this is a HUGE win), the second being self-realized enough to be free from or at least understand your fear. These two things do not guarantee a huge financial pay off, but once you have these two things it makes it much easier to be a savvy entrepreneur because
you will not only be fearless, you will choose a path that is based on the right livelihood. As Russell Simmons says, "Money doesn't make you happy, but happy can make you money".
The key is to not give up, but to keep going.
Do you have what it takes?