I am talking about the ones that stir our hearts, that won’t leave us alone, that feel like someone or something is tugging at our hearts, challenging our reality, month after month after month. That nagging voice that asks, “What if” — and actually wants you to answer.
The ones we have when we’re designing our purpose-filled life.
What life are you imagining when you endeavor to ask yourself why you exist, why you were put on this earth?
And what does the voice of reason say when you give your heart permission to dream?
You’re never going to be able to make it happen.
It’s not your turn yet.
It’s never been done before.
You’re not old enough.
You’re not young enough.
You’re not smart enough.
You’re not good enough.
Dreaming isn’t reckless, it’s not selfish, it’s not crazy.
Whatever we dream is possible — is. Unless we listen to the voice of reason.
We might actually share our dreams with someone we trust, and they might be the ‘voice of reason’ for us.
But more often than not, the voice is our own, internal buzzard. Picking at the leftovers of our hearts, chiding us for even considering that what is within us is alive, if only we will allow it a chance to become more than a thought.
The real world can be a deadly place for dreams.
Until one day, when we decide to play devil’s advocate with the voice.
Who says I can’t? How do you know it’s impossible? What if I can? What if the only thing holding me back is this voice? What if I’m imagining this because it is possible?
If you want to read a book about how to make your dreams come true, I have a couple of suggestions.
But a book isn’t going to make it happen for you.
There will be hurdles. You’ll mess up, you’ll stumble, you’ll be filled with these doubts again, all along the way, you’ll find plenty of reasons to stop. But you cannot stop. The voice of reason is lying to you.
Resisting the voice is part of the magic of making it. Your desire to achieve — whatever it is stirring in your heart — is there for a very special reason.
It’s your dream.
Maybe your dream is to help someone achieve their dream.
Maybe it seems silly to consider anything other than the life you currently have. After all, you have a great life. You should be happy with what you have. You have so much more than many people do! You’re blessed, right? Things are good just the way they are.
And, if you choose to believe that, there is no one that will criticize you for it. You get to make that choice.
But remember, it’s not the voice of reason’s fault. You can’t blame the energy vampires, the pot stirrers, the haters or the ‘realists’ for talking you out of your dream.
Only you have that power.
And you also have the power to decide to go for it.
Also published on Medium.