Do you have this huge desire to do something big?
Do you take a couple of steps and then stop, paralyzed by “what ifs”?
I can relate.
I have always been a big dreamer and if I am not a little scared I feel I am not living fully. But, this year I made the mistake of dreaming so big that the “what ifs” have been pommeling me like a heavy downpour.
Yes, I was drowning in fear.
I decided two months ago to go on this epic journey to travel across Canada to gather stories for Canada’s 150th birthday. The 150 best ones would be put in a book. Not a bad idea.
What??? CANADA is HUGE! The gas alone will be insane. Last I checked I am not a millionaire. And, I am going to have this book to the printers by September 1st???
Here comes the fear.
What if I run out of money?
What if no one submits a story?
What if everyone thinks I am a crazy person and runs the other way when I ask about their story?
What if my husband disowns me or has me committed?
What if the stories suck?
What if I can’t get people and business to sponsor books for grade fives and my big dream goes kaput?
Then, I turned it all around and sucker-punched fear to the floor.
What if I don’t run out of money?
What if I do run out of money and don’t cover every province in person? Can I still write the book? Hell yea!
What if the site crashes because so many people are submitting stories and I make the national news because of it, which in turn causes another crash?
What if I meet the sweetest, most amazing people and get to tell the stories no one would hear if I didn’t share them?
What if my husband loves me even more? (I don’t know if that is possible but worth a try)
What if the stories are amazing?
What if I inspire a whole generation?
Dreaming bigger than fear is easy. It is all about perspective. If you concentrate on all the wonderful things that can happen versus the negative, they will happen. I promise.
Whenever I get overwhelmed, I stop and picture an email sent by a ten-year-old telling me how she read a story in 150 Canadian Stories and now she is inspired to do something big for herself and her country. Her life will be forever changed by one story.
Take that fear!