I feel like a lot of people are afraid to share their goals and dreams, like someone will either judge them or take their dream and make it theirs.
Are these fears really justified? If you truly want something, why not share it with the world? First, because often we’re scared of what people will think, especially if the dream ‘fails’. When I started my blog, I only told a few people about it and when I did, I kind of ‘laughed it off’. “Just for fun” I would say, or “it’s nothing serious” while in my mind, it was very serious. I was just scared that people would make fun of me or that it wouldn’t take off. I was so excited though, I finally found something I enjoyed doing almost every day. And as long as it’s fun, how can I fail? Ever since the ‘launch’ of my blog I’ve continued to invest all my free time in its creation. The more serious I’ve become and the more my blog has grown, the more people I’ve told. I had to – I was sharing my new blogposts on all my social media channels and people were coming to me asking me what I was up to. I also realized that the more people I told, the more my dream came to life and the less I worried about people judging me.
We don’t all want the same things
A second fear a lot of people are faced with is the fear of people running off with their idea. I guess this makes sense if you have a brilliant business idea and want to wait until it’s ready to be revealed to the world. You don’t want someone with more money or better contacts to take it and launch it before you get the chance. But, luckily, we don’t all want the same things and we don’t all have the same strengths. I would never consider starting a tech business or launching a vintage clothing webshop – it doesn’t excite me and I’d have no idea how to go about it.
And this actually makes me feel a lot better – the thought that we don’t all want the same things and that there are more than enough dreams and goals to go around for all of us. Of course, some businesses or industries are more competitive than others, but even in those it’s always possible to find your own path. Whatever feels good or is fun for you, isn’t necessarily fun for someone else. When I see documentaries about successful artists or DJ’s touring the world, I seriously get tired just watching how they live their lives. All I can think is: “that’s awesome, but it looks exhausting!” I could never do it. Of course, I don’t have any DJ skills either, but that’s beside the point 🙂
Share your dreams
I guess what I’m trying to say is this: if you have a dream, share it! Shout it from the rooftops, tell your friends and family and randomly throw your business cards in people’s faces. It’s no use having a dream if you don’t share it with anyone. Have fun with it and don’t be afraid to fail. You never know, you may come across people who can help you, or have tips on how you can get where you want to be. All you really have to do to go after your dreams is put all your thoughts, energy and attention into what you want and that means telling everyone. And maybe sharing it will make your dream come true. Also, try to figure out why you’re not telling people. What are you afraid of? Are you scared they’re going to steal your idea, are you afraid to fail or are you just not taking yourself seriously? Because if that’s the case, start working on that. If you don’t believe in yourself and your dream, then how can anyone else? And most likely, you won’t get there alone. So don’t be greedy – share your dreams. In the comments, if you’re brave enough 😉