I read a blog post last week, and one quote from it has stuck with me. It simply said: Stop killing the dream.
I can’t link to which post I read because I have no idea. I can’t tell you, because did I bookmark it? NO. So, my apologies. In lieu of a link, let me summarize.
This post was directed to anyone with a dream – an artist, an entrepreneur, a writer, whomever – and how we let our doubts creep in and talk us out of trying. How we ourselves kill our dream before it even fully develops. We kill it before we give it a shot because we get scared.
So, instead of going for it, we shelve it under “someday”, taking it out once in a while to mull it over a little, and putting it back right where it was before, deep inside. We spend all of this time thinking about the dream that could instead be put towards actually going after said dream. But we don’t always move from thinking to doing.
The author’s simple and to-the-point advice to stop killing the dream resonates… because I’ve killed the dream for myself before, in big ways and little ones. And I know the exact point when I do it, too. It’s right in the middle of the brainstorming process, when I can see a plan, but it requires a leap of faith. That’s the moment when I freeze a little and mentally start walking myself back, talking myself out of it.
Dreams take a little bit of courage, turns out.
Since I’m at this exact place with a project today, I’m going to try to power through my reflex. If I can get through this, I should have some news to announce after the Fourth of July holiday.
What does stop killing the dream mean to you?
P.S. If the quote sounds familiar to you, and you can magically divine what post I’m talking about because maybe you read it, too, AND managed to bookmark it, I’d love to link to it if you’d be kind enough to share! It’s been driving me nuts.