What’s preventing you from manifesting your dreams?
Could fear be holding you back?
In order to confidently pursue your passions, you must eventually face your fears.
The key is to not separate your dream from your life — they are one.
In other words, make your dream your life and your life your dream. This is a bold declaration, and it begins with your commitment — your word! When you snuggle up real close to your intention, fear has a way of becoming less of a distraction.
Let’s highlight a few important matters that may restore your confidence and embolden you to continue up your chosen path.
What’s your vision?
First, set aside some time to review your vows regarding your life goals, and be sure your intentions and your heart are aligned.
What do you want? What skills, talents and gifts are you bringing forward in your dream? And most importantly, what do you want to do with your special gifts?
Think about this: In his book, The Magic of the Soul, New Thought minister and shaman, Patrick J. Harbula says, “What we are healing for ourselves is our gift to the world.” Whatever you’ve been struggling with may be a blessing to others. Your wound may be your authentic offering to the world.
Is your intention only for personal gain? Most people want to be successful so they can live their best life, but I’d like to encourage you to reach higher than yourself. How can you use your talents to create a better world? Taking the focus off of yourself can minimize fears. Improving someone else’s life through your work adds an extra dimension to your mission.
After I was successful in reversing my health challenges naturopathically, I dedicated the rest of my life to showing others how to create a sustainable wellness protocol. My gift wasn’t all about me. And because it wasn’t all about me, I was able to establish peace within my heart. It’s difficult for fear to survive under these circumstances. Will this idea help you remain focused and committed?
What are you afraid of?
The funny thing about fear is that it can keep you stuck. But because you are composed of stardust, fear should not have the power to distract you. I know — sounds great in theory, right? But I’m taking Joni Mitchell’s song lyrics to heart: “We are stardust, we are golden. We are billion-year-old carbon. And we’ve got to get ourselves back to the garden.” Get back to your essence! Because you are a child of the Universe, you have everything you need inside you to be your best. Writer and civil rights advocate, Audre Lorde said, “When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”
Did you know that fear and confidence are opposite ends of the same continuum? It all depends on which one you have chosen to put your faith and trust in. In other words, you get what you think. Are you putting your faith in fear? Hey, I struggle with this sometimes myself. I have to remember not to have faith in something I don’t want to experience and affirm what I want to experience. Our thoughts and words are powerful. Let’s return to my first suggestion. When your main objective is to elevate others, it can remove fear from the equation because you are not focused on yourself.
Are you practicing wishy-washy faith?
You’ve got to have moxie, girl! Entrepreneur and political and social activist, Madam C. J. Walker said, “Don't sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them.”
When it comes to your life purpose, you can’t afford to be on the fence. You must send a direct message to the Universe. This suggestion mirrors our first discussion point about knowing what you want, but extends a little farther. Substitute indecision with steadfast conviction. Activate your Spiritual LIFE Principles™ or SLPs: Love, Integrity, Faith and Enthusiasm. I’m talking about nurturing your lifeline — self-compassion, determination, commitment and zeal. Get excited about the choices you’ve made. This is your divine path. Travel fearlessly with courage and determination. When you go to bat for others, it takes the pressure off of you. Stated another way, when your mission is about helping other people, you can maneuver with more certainty.
Are you speaking your truth?
Words have power — speak your truth! Create affirmations and recite them daily. Visualize the experience you want by preparing a vision board. Positive statements can be a great tool for overcoming self-sabotaging behavior and releasing destructive thoughts. Use this sample affirmation as a guide: “I am strong, gifted and talented. I bid farewell to limiting thoughts and embrace the self-confidence that’s inside me so I can manifest my dream.”
Stand in your power and keep your dream alive. In his poem, “Dreams,” Langston Hughes — author, social activist and a leader of the Harlem Renaissance — said, “Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.” Hopefully, you’ve been inspired to keep your dream alive by curbing your fears. And remember to ask for help if you need it. Don’t feel you are in this alone. We get where we’re going by enlisting others and drawing them in to our mission. People like to help when they understand that your passion is about making the world a better place.
“Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern resolve. He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind.” -- Leonardo Da Vinci
Four Steps to Nourish, Transform and Flourish
• Set a loving intention to confront your fears and go after your dreams and passions.
• Begin by revisiting your vision, being courageous, speaking your truth and focusing on blessing others.
• How will living your purpose improve the quality of your life?
• Close your eyes and visualize how this lifestyle change can prepare you for your amazing second half.
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In love, peace and health--
Your feminine glow guide,
T. Kari Mitchell, M.Ed.
Certified Holistic Health Coach
When your spirit is nourished, your inner light produces an outer glow reflecting your beauty and truth.