Doubt and Fear vs. Courage.
The bigger the inspired idea, the greater the chance for doubt and fear to creep in. Following little inspired ideas doesn’t require a lot of courage. If there’s not much at risk, it’s pretty easy to follow along and see where things lead.
However, when one of those great big, potentially life-changing inspired ideas drops in your lap, it’s another story.
Life-Changing Inspired Ideas Require Courage.
I’m talking about the kind of inspired ideas that have the potential to totally transform your life. Whether it’s a job or career change, moving across the country, starting a new business or closing an existing one, or leaving a relationship, these are the big ideas that can take us out of our comfort zone.
We’ve all been there at least once.
In my experience, the bigger the inspired idea, the greater chance our mind will try to talk us out of it. Or, at least instill enough fear and doubt to make us question whether or not to follow.
We may be afraid of making a mistake. But at the same time we fear we’ll have regrets if we don’t follow the idea. This can result in some serious mental ping pong!
I’ve always lived a fairly risk averse life.
When I’ve started new businesses, I’ve kept one foot in my existing job or business until the new venture is up, running, and producing consistent cash flow. While I married young, we dated four years before tying the knot. When we’ve made the decision to move in the past, it’s never been too far from our families and the life we’ve always known.
Currently, I’m facing an inspired idea that involves risk.
My husband and I are discussing early retirement and relocating across the country to be closer to our daughter. He’s ready to retire and a move would make it financially possible next year. I can work from anywhere, and honestly we’re both ready for a new adventure. But it means leaving the only place we’ve ever lived, and most of our family.
It definitely involves more risk than I’m used to. At the same time, it almost feels like a calling. Like a destiny that’s yet to be fulfilled. On one hand I’m excited, and on the other I’m scared to death. My nature is to plan out any major change. And while we’re doing our due diligence, I’m also doing my best not to get too caught-up in my head about it.
Since I’m striving to live a more inspired life, I’m finding myself walking the tightrope between trusting and evaluating. Both have their place for sure. The key for me is not killing the inspired idea by overthinking it.
My online mentors used to talk about setting big, hairy, audacious goals.
That never scared me. You pursue a big goal and if you don’t make it, at least you moved forward. Goals feel different than inspired ideas. Goals are usually logical and left brained. They’re a thinking person’s way more than a feeling person’s way. While goals may involve risk, they are usually part of a well-thought-out plan.
Inspired ideas are different than goals.
Inspired ideas are not the result of thinking and planning. Inspired ideas just show up. They often appear out of left field. They may not make sense to our logical mind. But they speak to our heart. They call us forward. Something about them just feels right.
They may challenge conventional wisdom and planning. For that reason, they can be more difficult for those of us uncomfortable taking risks.
So, what’s the best way to manage the doubt and fear?
I think it’s being careful to not get too far ahead of yourself. To remain present and just keep walking the inspired path one step at a time. If you can focus on where you are right now, and keep following the inspired ideas as they show up, I do believe you will eventually end up where you’re supposed to be.
It’s not about leaping into the unknown unprepared.
It’s about paying attention and following what feels right. When I can manage to do that, the fear and doubt subside, and are replaced by trust.
How about you?
Have you ever followed a great big inspired idea despite fear and doubt? Have you let fear or doubt prevent you from following your heart? And if so, did you end up regretting it? Please post a comment and share and let’s start a conversation!
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