This is often easier said than done. We find a thousand reasons to validate why we can’t, shouldn’t, or are too busy to make things happen. Some things fall off the list, while others seem to be taken care of by someone else, or happen with ease. But what about the things on the list, the passion projects, that stay with you until you finally find the courage make them happen?
It was about three years ago when the idea of combining two things I love, yoga and wine, was an idea that I knew I wanted to pursue and bring to life. I wanted to create some sort of day event with a trip to wine country and incorporate yoga into the mix (in a mindful way, of course). I wasn’t sure of how this would look, but I felt a strong desire to make it happen. Somewhere between “the time isn’t right” or “what if no one wants to actually do this”, my fear of failure crept in and took a permanent seat. Like I have experienced many times before, the fear started to morph from “what if this doesn’t work out” into “what if I don’t fail”, which I generally find to be a scarier question. What if my idea was somewhat solid and people did want to join me for yoga and wine? Then what? I would prove to myself that I can do what my heart desires and that I should listen to myself. If that isn’t scary, I don’t know what is!
Fast forward to the present moment, and I am less than two weeks away from making this passion project a reality! Was it easy? No. Did I try to walk away and find excuses as to why it wouldn’t work or why I should just quit while I am ahead? You betcha. But something was different this time. I had to know if I could make this happen. I had to try. Each call or email that had a less than an ideal response propelled me to reach out to the next name on the list. I took my [previously thought of as] rejection and let it carry me forward. There wasn’t a “no” that would stand in my way or drag me down. I was living in line with my purpose and passion and it felt good.
I'm sure that many of us have been in similar situations before. Where the fear takes over and paralyzes us from moving ahead with what is tugging at our heartstrings. And while we will likely be at that place again, it is important that we continue on and create the reality that was once just a dream. It is important to realize when we need to move towards the finish line rather than wonder how make a quick exit or throw in the towel.
I’m excited to see this through and will be sure to share the full experience. Cheers!
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Written by: Christine Noonan
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