Why do you keep running from the thing you want?

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“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”  

~ Henry David Thoreau

 

 

It’s a simple enough question. And today I’m asking you. Why? Why do you keep running in the opposite direction to the thing you want?

If I could I would sit you down here, under the tree at my farm, or on the veranda. I would make you a cup of tea. And then I would tell you this:

Point 1 – None of this matters. Our life is here and gone in the blink of an eye. The things that seem so vitally important to us will be rendered into nothingness and dust by the processes of time. So, in the face of that, have courage. Who cares if your idea is crazy? Who cares what others might think of you? One day no-one will remember anyway…

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Image by violscraper at flickr

Point 2 – I know I just said it doesn’t matter, but the truth is it matters to you. If it didn’t matter you wouldn’t be all tied up in knots over it. And the whole point of you living YOUR life is to take hold of the things that matter and shape them into a meaningful existence for yourself, one where you can look back and think ‘I did that’. Doing what matters to you makes for a satisfying life. So you need this thing; not for anyone else, not to impress, not to win prizes or have your name in lights – you need this thing to define you, to fulfill you, to forge you into the person you came here to become.

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I know it’s scary. But there is something worse than the fear that keeps you running in the opposite direction. The scariest thing is getting to the end of your life without ever having tried, and then running out of time.

Maybe this thing is so important to you (in fact the most meaningful thing in your life – perhaps your very life essence… ) that you fear attempting it. If you hold this thing out in front of you it remains a possibility, but if you try it and fail the dream is gone. And then what will have meaning in your life?

Have you no faith? The Universe never whispers in our ear, our heart never holds a deep desire, unless we have within us the potential to realise that dream.

Don’t talk yourself out of it without ever having tried.

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I’ve heard all the excuses.

You fear that you will be successful and then everyone will want something from you and you will lose your freedom, or be under enormous pressure to keep succeeding. If this is you, refer back to Point 1.

You believe that you’re not worthy. You believe that success belongs to others. Or maybe you’re punishing yourself by not striving for this thing.  Perhaps you’re thinking too much about others and not enough about yourself. Refer back to Point 1.

Enough already.  Refer to Point 2.

You know this thing you want is always in the back of your mind, and often in your daily thoughts.  It comes to you in quiet moments, and pops into your consciousness when you least expect it.  Busily you turn away, stuff it down, talk yourself out of it, step around it and come up with another validation for why you’re not doing it, can’t do it, and so on…

All this energy you’re using to run away would be better spent in doing the thing.

All you need to do is start.  No grand gestures, no wild positioning statements, no colossal expectations.

Stop running. Take a breath. Find a place to make a modest beginning, and just start. You don’t even need to look this thing square in the eye. That will come, in time. For now, know that turning to face your dream and engaging with some small part of it is all you ever have to do.

You are here for a reason.  In your heart-of-hearts you know that reason by name. And this world will be the poorer if you never take your place in the sun.

You’re the only one here who can do it. That’s why it’s calling your name.

Stop running.

It’s time to embrace the dream and become who you came here to be.

Trust – A message from the Universe

“Don’t be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs.  Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger.  If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.” ~ Dale Carnegie

“You, down there? Get on with it!” ~ Rollo

**Today’s post comes to you courtesy of the Universe.  Read on…

“We know that you’ve been asking for a sign, that you’re looking for reassurance, and some confirmation.

So here it is.  Just for you.  Because we believe in you, and we trust in your outcome.

It’s normal, at the beginning of a long journey, in the middle of a long journey, to feel a little overwhelmed.

Alright, maybe a lot overwhelmed.

Starting up again from nothing is daunting.  Being brave enough to try one more time is  hard. One hundred thousand words is so many when all you have is an idea for a novel. The deposit for a house is enormous when you barely have a dollar to your name. When you haven’t exercised for a decade and your health has been let go, fitness may seem an impossible dream.

You may have a goal in mind where you’re not even sure how to get to your destination, or what the guideposts will look like along the way.

That’s okay.  In fact, that’s how it always is.

That’s why we wanted to remind you about something important that you seem to have forgotten.

No matter what your goal is, if your heart is calling you to try…

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all you ever need to do is trust, and take one small step.

The first step matters. Once you’ve taken that step, be brave and try another. That’s all you have to do.  One small step.  Another small step.

If you keep taking small steps, eventually you’ll be somewhere new, and your world, and you, will be very different.  You might not end up anywhere near where you thought you might be. Humans often can’t see that far ahead.

But we can. So we’re asking you to trust. Just trust and take that step.

The thing’s already written in your heart. The energetic plan’s already in progress. We’re conspiring in your success. All that’s needed now is a little commitment, and a little action.

So here’s what you need to do:

Commit to that small step.  Take that small step.  Repeat.

The synchronicities are up to us.  The helpful people and lucky breaks are too. Don’t worry about mapping out the entire journey.  That’s not your job – it’s ours!  We have a much better view from up here.

So, you have your confirmation.  Don’t put it off any longer.  Life’s grand adventure awaits!

Follow the path

Oh, and one other thing…

If you asked for a specific sign; you know, a unicorn or a hedgehog or a magic word, or your name written in pink magic marker on a white fluffy cloud, well, we want you to go ahead and open this box.

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See, we’ve thought of everything.  So no more excuses.  We believe in you, and you can do this. Go to it!

All our love and support, The Universe.”

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