• Wed. Nov 22nd, 2023

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Start Living the Dream Even If You’re Scared

scared African American woman and the words "Start Living the Dream Even If You're Scared"

scared African American woman and words "Start Living the Dream Even if You're Scared"

Decide today that you will stop letting fear control your life and start living the dream. Living in fear does nothing but help you to be more afraid. Instead, step up and do the bold thing of your dreams.

We all have big bold dreams we need to pursue.


Recently I purchased a notebook cover with the words, “Stop Dreaming Start Doing” boldly emblazoned across the cover. I did not need the new notebook cover, but the message drew my eyes and my dollars. I am a person who dreams big and wonderful dreams. I have done this all my life. The first dream I remember was the dream I had when I was five. At that time I dreamed that by the time I was thirty I would be married, have a child, and be an attorney. I achieved that dream and then thought, wow, I accomplished that, I should have dreamed bigger. So, I continued to dream big, bold, and audacious dreams.


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Decide today that you will stop being afraid and start doing that bold, audacious, courageous thing you dream about. Living in fear does nothing but help you to be more afraid. Instead, step up and do the bold thing of your dreams.


Take a moment now to look at your life. If you are honest with yourself, there is some big, bold dream you have hidden away in your heart. Keep in mind, that big and bold varies from person to person. For example, there are millions of people who do conferences each year so the idea of doing a conference is not big and bold to them, but to me, it is everything.

Do not compare your big, bold thing to someone else’s. Instead, just find something that is big and bold in your heart and then work to make it happen. Today is the day you can stop dreaming and start doing. I encourage you to start working on a big, bold, and audacious thing of your own and share this journey with me.


I have never met a person without a dream.


I meet people in the real world and online every day of the week. Every person I have ever met has had a dream. Some of the dreams are small, sweet, and simple. Other dreams are big, bold, and audacious. Dreams are precious things. While we can have a new dream each day, they are still precious. They are precious because they are delicate and strong at the same time.

Dreams are precious because they are full to the brim, perhaps even overflowing with the potential for greatness. Dreams are a valuable commodity. The bigger, bolder, and more audacious they are, the more they should not be squandered. Big, bold, and audacious dreams should be taken from a dream state to reality.

It is scary, really scary to take a dream from our brains and secret thoughts to reality. It should be scary. After all, most great things are scary. When man first invented fire – it was scary. When Madame C. J. Walker started dreaming of selling her hair care products, it was scary. When Maya Angelou started writing her poems and sharing them with the world it was scary. When Michelle Obama started her journey to become First Lady of the United States it was scary. But each of those women kept going.


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No matter how scary things were, they pushed forward until their dreams became reality. Their journeys and their ability to march forward over scary paths are now the things of legends. Their stories are the stories we share with school children to encourage them. There is no reason why you cannot follow your dream and become just as important and inspiring as each of those women.

Today, I am asking you to look at your big, bold, and audacious dreams. Pick one of them, the biggest, boldest, and most audacious dreams you have. Once you have selected that dream, start taking steps to make it happen. Follow the advice on my notebook cover. “stop dreaming and start doing.” There is a reason our hearts jump when we hear the phrase, “Just do the darned thing.” That phrase makes us feel stronger, smarter, more capable, and more powerful. So select a big, bold, and audacious dream and start working on it today.

Pull that dream out of the clouds and bring it to earth so you can make it happen. Pull out your laptop or pen and paper and start creating a SMART(Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-Bound) plan to make the dream come true. It is not going to be easy. If you are looking for easy, this is the wrong place to look. It is hard work to make a dream come true. But, it is more than worth the effort.

Things worth having are worth working to obtain. The bigger, bolder, and more audacious your dream, the harder it will be to obtain. At the same time, the bigger, bolder, and more audacious the dream, the more worth attaining it is. So, stop looking for excuses for not working to make the dream reality and instead, put in the work to make the dream real.

Life is for living and dreams are for the living. Dreams are a gift. Gifts are meant to be opened, used, and enjoyed, not simply set on a shelf. Pick up your dream and spend time each day pushing that thing from dream to reality. Stop dreaming and start doing, and start today!