Our Deepest Fear

Our Deepest Fear

Have you ever had a great idea? An idea that just made sense and that was sure to work? Sure to change lives. Sure to be your big break.

It came in a fleeting moment. Maybe you even pulled out your phone or a notebook and excitedly wrote it down so that you wouldn’t forget. Maybe it lingered for a few days and it was all you could think about. Maybe you even took the first step and got started.

People like Benjamin Franklin or the Wright Brothers flew into your mind and you thought, “Is this what it was like for them? Is this what the brink of the next generation feels like?”

And then you went back to work. Because you have responsibilities and you are a responsible person.

And then that idea and the excitement for it faded into your daily routine.

Isn’t this process frustrating? Aren’t you tired of it? Why does this keep happening?

Responsible, motivated people are all about priorities. Food on the table, a roof over your head and financial security come first. Because if you lost your job, what would you do? What would happen to your comfortable lifestyle?

We tell ourselves that we need to prioritize. And that often turns into throwing our life’s work on the back burner. Because maybe we feel it’s unnecessary. Or we can’t do it. Or we don’t deserve it.

It all comes down to the timeless quote by Marianne Williamson:

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.”

As we ponder our next move, we ask ourselves, “What if this works?”

It might begin to overtake my life. It might begin to consume so much time that I have to quit my day job. It might begin with a considerable investment that could put that comfortable financial security at risk.

So what does that mean?

That means you’re leaving the comfort zone. You’re taking a risk. And guess what? Yes, you might fail. But, you could also succeed. You could actually live out your life’s work.

And what kind of life’s work just spends its days rotting away in the back of a responsible person’s mind? In that state, it becomes nothing but a fleeting thought.

We can’t let the fear of failure and the fear of discomfort overtake us. And then, if it does work, we can’t think to ourselves, “Who am I to be doing this? Who am I pretending to know what I’m talking about?”

You have every right–just as much right as Bill Gates or Steve Jobs or Walt Disney–to change the world with YOUR life’s work. You are no less than them. You are human as are they. You have power beyond your capability to understand.

So what is your life’s work? Put it at the top of your list and get started. Don’t wait for someday.