We have the capacity to dream big and create amazing worlds in our minds, where we are happy, successful and life is wonderful! So why do these amazing dreams remain just dreams for some of us?
One of the biggest reasons I find is that people become their own worst enemy and procrastinate. The skilful art of putting important stuff off and replacing precious time with miscellaneous rubbish!
So why do people procrastinate?
People procrastinate for many reasons, the one reason that I see appearing over and over again is the fear of failure.
So, if you are fearing the worst and have decided to go with the safer option of sticking it out in your comfort zone and thinking better the devil you know, then just think about this.
What would you do if you knew you could not fail? Try using the Disney Creativity Strategy to guide you through this exercise. Think and picture what your success would look like without being the critic. Yes, you don’t get to ruin your success before you have gotten out of the starting gates! Once you have created this amazing successful visual, change hats and become the realist. A realist only thinks about how the dream can be achieved. Remember to resist the urge to criticise and think like a realist. There are only ways of succeeding, not failing. For some of us this is a hard pill to swallow as we are serial critics, but humour yourself and give it a try.
As Jim Carrey so wisely stated in his 2014 commencement address at Maharishi University “You can fail at something you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance doing what you love.”
Step out of your comfort zone. Dream big and get comfortable playing the realist role as opposed to the critic role, you might just like it.
Why be your own worst enemy? Why stop yourself from succeeding?