Accomplish Your Goals – Embrace The Internal Tug-Of-War
August 17, 2011
No matter how risk averse you are, you know that in order to accomplish your goals, you need to take risks. Everything takes some level of chance, whether it is making concessions because you are pursuing a dream, starting a new job, trying out a new restaurant, or setting goals that are completely different than you ever set out to accomplish in the past.
If you play it safe with your daily routine, you may not accomplish all that you have the power to achieve. It is important to give yourself credit and accept that feelings of fear are normal. It is also important to recognize that every one of us goes through an internal tug-of-war when we step out of our comfort zone, no matter what risks and goals are involved. We all confront feelings of internal conflict, no matter how confident and accomplished we may be. Whether our goals are to switch careers, invite someone out on a date, or drop everything in pursuit of the dream to become a singer – decisions small and large can arouse fear because there is the possibility of loss and vulnerability.
All goals require some form of risk or courage. When faced with risk, your heart and mind can feel like two separate entities. They have two clashing viewpoints, and you may feel that you are being pulled in two different directions. One side is telling you to move confidently toward your goals, while the other side may be screaming with fear that you can never accomplish anything of this level. Your rational mind finds every possible insecurity to hold on to – you don’t have enough money, there is no time, you lack the proper knowledge, and so on. Multiple waves of fear of the unknown are created. Your heart on the other hand, is missing that gratifying feeling of happiness because you have been putting off your goals and dreams for too long. This internal conflict can make it very difficult to decide what part of yourself to ultimately side with.
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