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When You’re Afraid To Launch Your Dream, Do This…

When You’re Afraid To Launch Your Dream, Do This…
Launch Your Dream

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Every day, I hear someone say, “Someday, I’ll start a blog” or “I want to write a book, and I’m starting soon”. Or simply, “I wanna be a writer”.

But the problem is: many never take the first step.

Why? Because they are scared.

Can you relate?

If you are or have been in that situation, make today the day you break that jail and chase your dream. “Soon” is a mentality of losers. “Later” is the slogan of slackers. And so they become everything they dream only in their minds.

And yes, it’s good to dream. I mean, to dream really big.

Dream of writing. Of entrepreneurship. Of blogging. Of publishing. Of touching lives. And other arts.

Dream of becoming the next Chinua Achebe. The next Michelangelo. Another Aliko Dangote. Another Linda Ikeji. And Omojuwa. You get the gist?

But dreams are nothing more than that – dreams.

You need to take action

The best way (nay! The only way) to make your dream come true is to rise and take action. Nothing else will help.

You must take action, because one action is better than millions of intentions and lofty dreams.

Let’s be honest: starting any worthy project is often the scariest part. And this happens even when you know what to write or blog about or what business to start.

  • Fear of failing (what if you try hard and never make headway?)
  • Fear of the unknown (who would buy your book or product, or read your blog?)
  • Fear of embarrassment (wouldn’t people laugh at you?)
  • Fear of success, even (if you start and people like it, how do you sustain it?)

The fears are real, but you must show courage. Courage will not mean you won’t be scared to start. It only means you’ll dare to take the first step even when the darkness scares off your pants.

The book you dream of writing, pick your pen today and draw the outline … or write the first chapter … or the first paragraph … or even sentence.

That blog you want to start, take action today and open it. Register www.YourName.com if you can’t think of anything else.

My romance with fear

For so long a time, every awesome thing I dreamt of becoming remained a dream. I wouldn’t dare take the first step unless I could see the rest of the stairs. And most times, that was impossible.

So I remained a dreamer and built grandiose castles in the air.

Until … one day, I woke up and chose to take action. I attacked the day with enthusiasm, even as I was scared. I was scared, yet opened this blog. I was scared, and still started my newsletter. And wrote my first book. And the second. And staged a free writing course.

The fear was there, but my dreams were dearer.

And in no time, I was becoming the writer I dreamt. I began to actually realize my twin goals: making a difference, and making a living. Both from writing.

Not that I’ve mastered fear. Far from it!

I’m launching some awesome projects soon, and trust me, I’m scared to the marrow. But even as I’m scared, I’m going ahead.

Because I’ve learnt this life truth: In any case, try. If you succeed, you’ll be happy. If you fail, you’ll become a philosopher.

Listen well, my dreamer friend

No time will you be fully ready to launch your dream. Never will you posses all the skills, resources, connections and confidence that will guarantee you success ever before you start.

But in the face of all the fears, and feelings of inadequacies, your duty is to show courage. To decide you’re taking action.

And then, you step forward, and launch your dream.

What fear is holding you from launching your dream? Share in the comments.

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About Muhammed Abdullahi Tosin

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Comments

  1. Ayeyemi Taofeek Aswagaawy says:

    The general fear people often rear is the fear of Failing or rather the fear of falling. The fear that won’t I be laughed at? This, I’ve always being a victim of anytime I feel like starting anything strange or different.
    But with Courage and Drive be it forcefully or through encouragement from others, I always do it.
    And I understands that whoever have and nurse the fear of falling will never rise.
    However, everybody needs inspiration and motivation at all time of life, particularly, when starting a new thing in his life. What we need is how to start, and when we start, then, the rest are minor, but also needs courage too.
    I need it too!!!

  2. My greatest fear is the fear of being laughed at. Thanks for this, it is helpful. More grease to your elbow.

  3. Well, it seems you are my angel. All your works av been do inspirational to me. I always see myself as that Writer that I wished and wanted to be buh I just don’t know what’s drawing me back!!!! Though i see it as something i can do but the truth is that I’ve not written a single piece! Maybe cos i think my vocab isn’t good enough n I don’t want to be mocked!! Let’s relate!!!

    • Ahmed, thanks! Good to have your feedback.

      Forget about your grammar, for a start. Never will you attain grammar proficiency enough to start. Just show up. Start chasing your dream. You can always polish your grammar along the line.

  4. My fear, nay concern or worry, is how to sustain my writing drive and tempo alongside my academics without negatively affecting the later. Am currently a sophomore student. Please I’ll greatly appreciate your advice/counsel. I have 2 ready manuscripts -with contents I always feel fellow youths need to read – but with no clearer way/financial source of putting them to print yet, though optimistic it’ll soon be. Please, react to it. Thanks so much for being a source of inspiration and motivation.

    • Hi Obinna,

      Sorry for my belated response. If you attach importance to your writing, you’ll always find time for it, just like your academics. I’m also a student. Please download my book, Your Right To Write for free for further help. I addressed that problem in details.

      For publishing your manuscript, please see this guide I just published. It might help.

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  6. Am very interested in written and do have many blogs that I have created but no one read it. You can review it adeymola.wordpress.com

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  8. Famolu Samuel says:

    The secret of getting ahead is getting started, no matter how uncertain one can be. In the words of Theodore Roosevelt… “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

    Whatever it is…! You will be better you did!

  9. I use this quote to pick myself up when I get smoldered by unsomounting fears; Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
    Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond
    measure.
    It is our light not our darkness that most frightens
    us.
    We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant,
    gorgeous,
    talented and fabulous?
    Actually, who are you not to be?
    You are a child of God.
    Your playing small does not serve the world.
    There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that
    other
    people won’t feel insecure around you.
    We were born to make manifest the glory of
    God that is within us.
    It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.
    And as we let our own light shine,
    we unconsciously give other people
    permission to do the same.
    As we are liberated from our own fear,
    Our presence automatically liberates others.
    —Marianne Williamson

    • Albert, so inspiring is the quote. For so long, I didn’t appreciate it. Then, once I’ve appreciated it, I get really really inspired each time I read it. I’m particularly struck by the lines: “Your playing small does not serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.”

      Thanks for sharing.

  10. Sule Tekande Joshua says:

    I must confess that my chase for blog like this is always a hunted wish. Just like anyone else there is always a BUT when you wanna try something new, just then I will recall: . . .”whosoever has not made mistake has not tried something new” hence your outpouring inspirational write-up over there is a ginger to awakening my doubt-Achilles heel :”can I?” to ” I can”. And am telling you now, I will unfold my manuscript to an editor. Accept my fruitful thanks.

  11. I must confess that my chase for blog like this is always a hunted wish. Just like anyone else there is always a BUT when you wanna try something new, just then I will recall: . . ."whosoever has not made mistake has not tried something new" hence your outpouring inspirational write-up over there is a ginger to awakening my doubt-Achilles heel :"can I?" to " I can". And am telling you now, I will unfold my manuscript to an editor. Accept my fruitful thanks.

  12. I have always dreamt of being a great writer but when i look at successful writers, i become discouraged and kind of lose faith in my own abilities 'cos i know am just a learner and am not good with the right vocabularies, and also lack the power of description.sometimes what i want to write eludes me and i just stare at the sheet. I really need help.

  13. I always dream of being a great writer but when i look at successful writers, i become discouraged and kind of lose faith in my own abilities ‘cos i know am just a learner and am not good with the right vocabularies, and also lack the power of description.sometimes what i want to write eludes me and i just stare at the sheet. I really need help

  14. coach:u gave me a big blow in z eye,

  15. Okonkwo Chindeu Godson Joe says:

    fear of comportment, arrangement, trusted director, marketer and sponsorship all gripped my elbow at large.

  16. Nwachukwu Somto says:

    Well, you’re such an angel…I mean offering these tips free. I have come across so man blogs and websites owned especially by Americans and I know the premium they place on such information.

    Nevertheless, I’ve written two motivational books: TOO PRECIOUS TO FAIL & LIVING BEYOND LIMITS for the past two years. The challenge is that I didn’t afford the typing/or a laptop to type it myself and the publishing cost. I need to know what to do.

  17. Peter Victor Sule says:

    Mr. Muhammed Abdullahi Tosin,
    Coming across someone like you has inspired a whole lot. Knowing that you are a Muslim is yet another unfolding shocker! You made me erase my initial conception of Muslims as a group of “retrogressive thinkers,” sorry about that, just my opinion before getting to meet you. Today, that notion has gained a proper redress. Kudos to you, M.A.T.

    To my fellow Pen champions in here,
    Excuse is colorful and very enticing, often time it is the tool we readily employ to dodge our responsibilities, delay the manifestations of our dreams and prolong our happiness-all because we “FEAR” to take a bold step. It wooed me for years until I was bold enough to let-go of it . “There are already too many Writers in the world… how on earth will I, judging by my poor use of Language, gain a place in the already occupied Literary world?” What’s that? EXCUSE!!! Less than a year after I permitted that overstayed excuse, I began to write, without hope of where the funds to publish would come from. Finally, the work was completed. To my greatest surprise, when I placed it on sale, many buyers(legal companies) who weighed its content lured me with sizable offer, and I sold it, the right inclusive(one mistake I’ll never make again)! What I failed to value was appreciated by the buyers and, better gain than I got was what it fetched, and is still fetching them.

    Banish that fear, write that book… There is a huge market out there awaiting your idea.
    M.A.T. I remain Loyal. Allah bless you!

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