Make This Year Your Dream Year (By Adopting This One Fear)

January 2, 2015 | Written with Love By: Shaina Leis

Don’t you love the New Year benchmark? It feels like a fresh start- no matter what’s transpired over the past year. It’s a time to reinvent yourself and remodel the life you currently live. It’s a time to set bigger goals, clearer intentions and higher standards. Let’s abolish what’s not working, preserve what is and produce more of the things we want. What do you say?

You get to decide if this is your dream year and my sixth sense is telling me that it is : )

Hello beautiful day. Hello 2015!

A great year starts with the right mindset. Let’s check in with yours to see if you’re setting the stage for a dream year or not.

There are two types of fear when it comes to life and our aspirations:

The fear of failure and the fear of insignificance. (Failure being the most common among the two.)

People who are afraid to go after their buried dreams will give 101 reasons why they can’t. Reasons like it’s too impossible, it’s irrational, it’s irresponsible, it’s too risky, I have bills to pay, a family to feed and so on. But when you get to the root of these excuses, you will always find FEAR. And fear leaves you settling for less, paralyzed in your circumstances and feeling like something is missing in your life.

Setting out to get what we really want (whether it’s a new career, better relationship or a big move) is scary. It requires risk, sacrifice and a whole lotta faith. But you’ll eventually stop freaking out and you’ll be OK…I promise.

Launching a dream should overwhelm you and if it doesn’t, you’re not dreaming big enough.

Start with managing your fear of failure and then adopt the fear of insignificance.

I never quite understood why or how I became such a go-getter. Was I born that way? Did the corporate world leave deep enough scars to scare me straight? Maybe. But, I’ve come to realize that the hustler in me was born from my fear of insignificance.

I wanted my life to be special. I wanted to be somebody– someone who left a lasting impression on this world…a legacy you might say. The thought of not living up to my full potential left me feeling terrified. I was terrified of doing meaningless work for the rest of my life and not contributing to the world I live in. I was scared that I’d live a mediocre, uninspiring life. This is the fear that drove me to quit my cushy job, uproot my life, find my gifts and chase my dreams.

…And I’ve never looked back.

We were born to live an extraordinary life.

Face your fear of failure and continue to manage it. Choose the fear of insignificance this year! Because that is what’s going to separate the people who have a dream year from those who just have another year.

Cheers to a fantastic 2015.

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