A few weeks ago I wrote a post titled “The 5 Components of Dreaming Big.” I guess you could say it was my own “theory” of how to approach your dreams (big or small).
But what I forgot to mention was the few THINGS that KEEP US from dreaming big. The THINGS that KEEP US from living passionately and purposefully.
Worry and Fear.
We worry about our finances.
We worry about our health.
We worry about our future.
We worry about our kids.
We worry about our marriages and/or relationships.
We worry about “where the hell this life is going and why aren’t our plans working out?” (pardon my French).
We worry ourselves sick. Worry then breeds into fear and fear robs us of JOY! It also robs our life. So much that we become emotionally malnourished and lifeless. A stagnant life if you ask me.
Not moving forward, just stuck, stagnant, and in a fearful rut.
Too intense to talk about? Too deep? Well maybe, but I want to talk about it because it happens to most of us. Myself included.
I became so fearful of getting sick again I created my own anxiety and stress. It just made my health worse. My husband worried himself sick about finances that he actually lost focus of his career/dream. That added stress wrecked his training and in 2009 he developed chronic fatigue. We were two worn out worry worts going nowhere.
Today (after some much needed mental and physical rest) I am happy to report that worry and fear do not consume us. Sure we still have our moments and of course we don’t have kids yet, so I can’t really speak from that standpoint. But I can tell you this…..
There are 3 things that have helped us to worry less in order DREAM BIG.
Prayer– I mentioned it before and I’ll mention it again. It solidifies my (our) hope and faith. Whatever is on my mind, I pray about and then I HOPE for the best.
Thankfulness – Whenever there is a worry or fear that slips into my mind, I counteract it with a blessing. Shifting focus.
Acceptance– Accept that fact that we can’t control everything. Accept CHANGE. And accept the fact that God’s plans are far better than our own plans. So if your plans for life suddenly change, then it’s for a reason
This weekend my husband is racing. I could tell he was starting to get a bit worried about the cost of travel, how his knee would hold up with this distance, etc. So last night I said a little prayer and kissed him good night.
He could do well, he could do alright, or he could come back reinjured. Either way, whatever happens happens. I’ll be waiting here waiting for our plan after. No worries, just faith.
What will you WORRY LESS about today?
LC (Sherpa Cotter)