Today, while looking through old files for my current project, I found an interesting document. It reminded me of something that almost stopped me before I really started writing.
A nemesis reared his ugly face.
His name? Resistance.
Resistance snarled at me shortly into my decision to seriously pursue writing. His attack actually caught me a bit by surprise. I went from the thrill of taking action toward my dream, to paralysis based on fear.
Resistance used a list of inner fears and tried to convince me to quit barely into my start. And I soon discovered, one of the most powerful aspects of living your dream, is learning how to overcome the fears playing with your creative mind.
Here’s a list of Fears and Dreams I found in my computer files this morning. These are the early fears that haunted me, and almost made me give up. Thankfully, I didn’t. Keep reading, and I’ll share the good news that Resistance tried to keep me from experiencing.
My Early Fears:
- I’m not really any good
- I’ve fooled myself into thinking someone like me could do this
- I don’t have a college degree
- I live in a tiny town in Podunk USA
- My proposals are junk
- My proposals aren’t finished
- I’ll fail God
- I’ll fail myself
- I’ll never get to be a professional writer
- I’ll be stuck and miserable the rest of my life
- My health will give out and I’ll never get the chance to live my dreams
- I’ll be a crabby, stressed, bitter, exhausted person later in life
- No one wants to read anything I have to say
My Early Dreams
- I want to be a productive, active writer
- I want to be a productive, active speaker
- To love what I do and how I spend my days
- To wake up excited to start my day and live my life
- To love God with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength. To love my neighbor as myself. — To express that love through written and spoken words
My list of fears far outshined my dreams back then.
Today, I’m happy to report that one word made the difference. But I’ll share more on that another day. For now, I suggest you write your own fears and dreams down. Because hopefully like me, in the future, you’ll be able to look back on them with a faint smile. As you work on your first book.
Everyone needs a dream to shine light into their future. What’s yours? What are the fears threatening to hold you back? How does Resistance mask himself with you?
Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Communications Specialist, national speaker, and author. She lives in Missouri with her family.