Big Scary Goals

I’ve been noticing a pattern, lately, with my clients…and myself.

big-scary-goals-0916We all have a big scary dream that makes us shake with excitement and fear.

Whether it’s:

  • Writing a book
  • Going back to school
  • Running a half-marathon
  • Letting go of excess weight
  • Finding work that is more fulfilling, or
  • Launching a new product or service

We all have something we dream about accomplishing that scares the crud out of us.

Can you relate?

What I do know is when you come across the dream that makes you quake in your boots, it is a sign that you are on the right track.

Yes, being scared is a good thing.

Why?

To feel alive, we need to feel like we are growing. We are growing when we challenge ourselves out of our comfort zone.

There is something remarkable about taking on, and tackling, a cherished goal that has eluded us for a long time—in some cases for years—or maybe most of our lives.

I’m here to tell you that it is totally worth the pain, challenge, risk, and uncertainty that come with tackling such a challenge.

Oddly enough, we are often much closer to accomplishing our goals than we think. In fact, once we make the decision to go for it and fully devote ourselves to accomplishing the tasks required, life becomes simpler.

That may seem counterintuitive, but it is true.

Yes, you will continue to encounter obstacles, but once you make the decision to change your life by accomplishing this goal, there is no turning back—especially if you tell other people and now have witnesses! Whether it’s your coach, your family or your friends, having people witness your commitment to yourself is powerful.

The sheer power of the decision to achieve and the accountability of others knowing about it will propel you forward.

It’s just the way the universe works.

So, I ask you, what is the dream you’ve been holding onto for a long time, that when you imagine having it coming true, it makes you shiver with excitement?

I invite you to take one step forward towards that goal today. Just one tiny, baby step.

If you’d like support and accountability, contact me—let’s work toward that big, scary goal together!

(originally published on  Aug 24, 2012)

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