Why does fear hold us back from our limitless potential?

A little background information on myself:

I had a change of heart in my career in my mid 20s. I was making an average American income working as a chemist at a pharmaceutical company. Life was good. The perks included taking vacations twice a year, a company matched 401k, and other personal investments. Even though I had a stable career, I was not satisfied. I want a career that will allow me to spend more time with my family. I want the freedom to travel whenever I want without asking for approval. I want to be my own boss and to work on my own terms. Thus, I decided to pursue optometry as a career. Besides giving me an opportunity to give back to my community, this career will allow me to make a difference to individuals with various backgrounds, ethnicities, and experiences from all walks of life.

I spent the last two years executing out this goal. I went back to school part time to take pre-requisite classes in the evening while working fifty hours a week. It is possible to achieve your goals! I will be starting optometry school August 2016.

My goal with this blog is to motivate others that want more to life than just working for a paycheck. Any dream is possible if you want it as bad as you want to breathe. The goal is to have a well-written plan and make small goal that will lead you to where you want to be.

Why does fear hold us back from our limitless potential?

How many of you know individuals who work 40–50 hours a week and are unhappy with their lives?

We settle for mediocre careers and complain day in and day out how much we want to change our lives, but no actions were taken. Why? It’s because we fear change, we fear the unknown, and we fear the possibility of failure.

Do you remember when you were in grade school and your homeroom teacher would ask you to write down your dreams and your goals?

Some of us wanted to be explorers like Marco Polo, some of us wanted to be doctors and nurses like our parents, and some of us wanted to become the next Steve Jobs. Our imaginations for the future were limitless, but somewhere down the road our beliefs changed

We spend nearly two decades in school, maybe more or less for some, searching for our self-identity and seeking our purpose in this world. As we graduate from the educational system and step into the working world I call reality, we tend to seek stability in all factors of life. We seek a stable career with a stable income regardless of how mundane the career might be. We’re reluctant to wake up early to drive in rush hour to work in a depressing environment. Some of us might have a change of heart in our initial career, but are too afraid to step into the unknown and pursue a different path. Bombarded with mortgages, bills to pay, and mouths to feed, we settle for passionless careers until retirement and then wonder the possibilities of the what ifs.

What ever happen to our childhood dream? Our fearless and invincible young selves were prepared to tackle any obstacles. Is it the fear of failure that’s preventing us from reaching our true potential?

Maybe you’re tired of working for the big boss and want to pursue your own startup, but you’re afraid of failing. Maybe you want to go back to school to pursue a professional career, but you don’t want to sacrifice the time, effort, and money.

What’s stopping you from accomplishing this goal?

Does the idea of failure paralyze you from moving forward?

You’ll have to be honest with yourself first in order to understand the roots of your fear. Only then will you be able to break through those barriers to realize your limitless potential.

Most people are content with their lives, but for those who are hungry for more in life than just working for a paycheck. Here are a couple steps that I recommend:

1) Embrace failure

We all fail once, twice, or more times in life, but the key is to keep moving forward. We need to learn from other people’s mistakes and our mistakes in order to advance. Failure allows us to learn more about ourselves and discover our intrinsic motivation.

2) Set small goals

Small goals are analogous to checkpoints to make sure you’re on the right track. Deviations from your goals are common such as doubts, fears, and a lack of motivation to continue. By setting and accomplishing these small goals, you are one step closer to your end goal than you were in the beginning of your journey.

3) Take a step back and breathe

Burnouts are one of many reasons why dreams go unaccomplished. Pacing yourselves, taking breaks, and taking an occasional vacation away from work will help alleviate stress and burnouts. During my journey into optometry school, Sundays were my off days where I get to reset my system by going on dates, going on mini adventures around the city, and catching up with friends and family. This strategy allowed me to stay focused and motivated to push forward no matter what deviations I encounter.

We have one opportunity in our lifetime to turn our dreams into reality no matter how big or small that dream may be. Anything is possible if you can see the end result. The real limitation to our potential is never our job; it’s our creativity and focus. Don’t let fear stop you from living your dream!