Today I’m struggling with something I tend to distract myself from.
Do you have something you love to do? Something you’ve loved to do since you could toddle around? Something that you think about a lot? Something you dream about doing professionally, or at least publicly? Something you’re ashamed of or afraid of?
For 99% of you, the answer to all of those questions is yes.
Why are you ashamed or afraid of this thing? Why do you keep it secret from the world? There are many reasons, but one of the most common causes of fallen dreams/passions is fear of judgement.
Today I’m struggling with the resistance I have to do something I love.
I love to sing. My mom has countless videos of me singing when I could barely even . When I was a toddler, I’d go outside and sing and sing. I knew I’d be a professional singer someday. I loved it so much. But for some reason I’m afraid to admit this. I’m afraid to even put it on my blog. I’m afraid of what people will think of me. I’m afraid I’ll fail. I’m afraid I won’t be the best. I’m afraid someone will say something negative. From a young age, society taught me to bottle up what I love and hide it unless the vast majority of society also loves that thing.
How dare we be different, or have different interests. How dare we risk ridicule.
So we play it safe. We stick to hobbies and passions that we view as accepted. We ignore our God-given gifts and passions because we’re afraid. We let the resistance win. This is so wrong.
When you see someone else doing something that you love, you usually don’t think “wow they’re so bad at that,” or “they should just stop.” No. You usually admire them for being so brave in what they love.
You probably even feel a little jealous because you lack that same courage.
You tell yourself that you’re going to spend more time doing what you love. You tell yourself you’re not going to hide from the world anymore. Then you make excuses as to why you can’t start quite yet. You put it off and off and off.
Procrastination is one of resistance’s most powerful tactics.
If you give into this, you’ve made no progress. Let people ridicule you. Chances are, you’ll hear more kind words than negative. Once you’re no longer afraid of your passions, you’ll eventually become completely numb to any ridicule you may receive.
Start today. No more excuses.