3 Reasons You Never Act on Your Dreams

Thinking about your future is easy. We all think, all the time. We spend time thinking about starting a business, thinking about writing that book, thinking about speaking to a group, or thinking about having that meeting. Thinking isn’t so hard. But taking action on what feels like a risk is hard and fearful.  Taking action on your dreams is what’s fearful and it’s fearful because you’re entering unknown territory and with unknown results. One of my favorite quotations is by Grace Hansen who once said:

“Don’t be afraid your life will end; be afraid that it will never begin.” 

There are typically 3 reasons you never act on your dreams:

  1. Fear of failure. Let’s talk about the first part fear. Fear is the natural reaction to taking a risk. While risk is real and external, fear exists only in our imagination. Fear is the exercise you give your mind, thinking about what will happen if things don’t work out. Failure, on the other hard, the second part is “an event not a person.” All of us fail. The individuals we view as successful fail often, and, worth noting, learn more from that failure than everyone else. The secret of failing isn’t to avoid it – it’s to recognize that failing is not fatal! They are necessary stepping-stones on your path to success.
  2. Lack of knowledge. Creative, nontraditional, or innovative skills are not just things you come across. You have to learn how to invest, how to deal in real estate, how to evaluate business opportunities, or perhaps how to manage employees. But these are all things that can be learned and should never prevent you from exploring new options to do work that matters and that’s profitable, meaningful, and purposeful.
  3. Perceived lack of money. Money is not really what’s holding you back. You think you don’t have enough money to take the first steps toward your dreams, but the problem usually comes back to fear of failure or lack of knowledge. I know people wanting  to find start-up money for new ventures. And, yes, capital is difficult to find—especially for businesses that use service, information, or technology. Does that mean it’s impossible to launch an idea without start-up capital? Absolutely not!

Question: What’s holding you back from taking that first step of acting on your dreams?

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11 thoughts on “3 Reasons You Never Act on Your Dreams

  1. On my desk there is a piece of metal on which is engraved, “What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?”

    I wanted to say thank you, Patrick, for your sharing your sage bits of wisdom. As we prepare to launch our startup straight into the teeth of the two 800 pound gorillas, your advice and perspectives have been wonderfully helpful and encouraging.

    So, thank you! You’re doing a fantastic job that’s making a difference!

    PS: I think an ‘About Me’ section would be an excellent section addition to your blog (header).

    • That’s a great message to have in front of “What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?”. Thanks for your comment and encouragement! I’ve been debating changing the online press room tab to my about tab. I think I’m going to change it.

  2. Love the Hansen quote – thank you for bringing it into my consciousness. I think your three points are so true…and so hard to tackle. I’m about to wrestle with fears on my blog…but I’m feeling afraid of even trying to write about them! Not a good sign, right?! :)

    • I love that quote as well! My pleasure bringing it to your attention. When I feel and since fear, I know that, that’s the thing I should do, and so I speak it out loud what is the worst thing that can happen? And what I find out is that it’s never as bad as I think it is. Thanks for sharing your feeling and your comment.

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