For too long I made excuses about what I was afraid to try. I was a serial excuse maker. In fact, I was so good at it that I convinced everyone around me, including myself.
I finally woke up one day and realized the pain had finally gotten to me. I could no longer stand the thought of not trying something. I took a stand against the excuses and walked out. At first they screamed and yelled and made some awful threats. I was scared, but I just kept walking. The voices got softer and softer as I left them. I still hear them sometimes, but nothing like I once did.
I didn’t walk out on my family or my job. I walked out on my excuses. I discovered that making excuses was slowly killing my dreams. I wanted to be comfortable, but I was afraid to take a risk. I discovered you can’t have both. You can’t be comfortable and take a risk. The two don’t go together. They can’t coexist in the same house.
I’ve had many dreams in my life, but I’ve had one that’s been nagging at me for a while. Do you want to know what my dream is? Are you ready for this?
I want be a writer
There I said it. It’s all out in the open.
I was afraid to admit it because I had never done it before. I was afraid to vocalize it because someone would hold me accountable for it.
Recently, at a breakfast meeting with two of my peer mentors one of them dropped the question, “How is your writing coming?” He asked the hard question that I wasn’t expecting. It was the right hook I didn’t see coming. At first, I made an excuse but then I stopped. I simply said, “I’m working on it.” I then told him to keep asking me the question and not give up.
After starting a peer mentor group I discovered I now have two great cheerleaders in my corner. I’ve always had my wife cheering me on, but she would love me regardless. My two peer mentors keep me encouraged and pray for me. The benefits of the group have been amazing for me.
In the next post we will look at taking action on our dreams. I will share with you the steps I took toward another dream I once had. In the meantime, I want to challenge you with a question. I want to challenge you to actually write your dream in the comment section. Go ahead, I dare you. Get it out in the open! Let someone cheer you on.