Over the last couple of weeks, I have been thinking about courage and the importance of not allowing fear to keep you from pursuing your dreams. Many people want to do things but may not pursue them if they don’t see the perfect circumstances to accomplish it. How can we get past being scared and make meaningful progress in our lives? Does it really matter if you do?
Something to keep in mind is that everyone is scared. Just because something is done it doesn’t mean that person had the perfect circumstances or even knew exactly what they were doing. They just did not allow that fear to stop them. So many successful people started companies with no idea how to run a major corporation, or manufacture a product but they started and learned as they went. Take a listen to podcasts like Guy Roz’s “How I built this” to be inspired by former novices that turned their ideas into things we use each day.
Last week, I had the great privilege of traveling to Chicago for The Curvy Girl Conference. I wanted to meet up with bloggers that might be able to help me as I am developing my blog. So I went. Alone. I know 2 people in Chicago and I knew absolutely no bloggers there. I was determined to go and give it my best shot. Yes, it is intimidating going to a city that you are not from alone. It is intimidating to approach successful bloggers with tens of thousands of followers and tell them how much you admire them when you are a newbie in the blogging field. While all of that is so I am determined to keep growing this blog and sharing great content with you. So I had to go. I had to give it my best effort. While I was there I met extraordinary people who are doing extraordinary things. Let me tell you about one of them.
The founder of The Curvy Girl Conference is named Natasha. She started this conference alone. This was her first year having it. She put together a full day of panels on branding, marketing, modeling, castings and blogging with top influencers and modeling agencies and stylists from around the country.
What are the chances that she was scared? Probably 150%. What if no one bought a ticket. What if no one would agree to speak? What if she couldn’t find a venue…What if…What if she never had that conference? Many women that are chasing their dreams would not have had a place to go to share info or share encouragement. I wouldn’t have met my favorite blogger and been so inspired by her to keep working and sharing content.
I would not have met so many other women who are working hard to reach their goals and make their dreams realities.
There will absolutely always be a what if factor to anything, but if you step out and try you can be the one that impacts someone’s life or makes your dream a success. I cannot thank Natasha enough for having the courage to step out even if she was scared. She made a real impact on my life and on this blog which is a huge part of my dream.
A lot of the time, I am scared to do something but the motivation that I have is always what the future can be for me and my family if I just give it my best attempt. I hope that you will do the same. Take that trip alone, go to the event even if you don’t know anyone. Start that business, apply for that job, or step out and pursue your dream. I bet you will feel better that you gave it your best shot instead of looking back and saying, man, I wish I gave that a try.
Be scared. Do it anyway. – Carrie Fisher.