How many times a day do you use the word but when talking about your dreams?
At least once or twice a week I listen to Les Brown, who is a motivational speaker. I came across a video that someone had put together of him speaking. To say that it was great would be an understatement. It was phenomenal. (The link to the video is below.)
He spoke about how we all have the opportunity to achieve our dreams and how we sabotage them on a daily basis. How? By using the word but when we talk about our goals.
You have heard it before:
“I would apply for that job, but I know I won’t get it.”
“I want to run a business, but I don’t have the background.”
“I want to help people, but I am not successful enough and no one knows me.”
We have all heard others say it. We have even said it a lot ourselves. A lot of times we have no idea that we had even used the word. I realized that subconsciously we all use the word as a safety mechanism. Think about it, by using the word but we let ourselves off the hook. We give ourselves a pass to stay stagnant and content. To stay comfortable in our little box.
I am not saying there is anything wrong with that. There is nothing wrong with being content and comfortable. But let it be temporary. Let it last for a very short time and then get out there and work on these dreams. Fully engage in what you want to accomplish. And when it gets tough?
Don’t use the word but so you can quit. The word but is safe. It allows us to be normal. It allows us to quit quietly and think the world doesn’t notice. Well sorry, but you are not quitting (like how I used the word?). You are not letting a dream that you probably had for years fall by the wayside because you don’t want to try.
I once read about a Navy SEAL and he said when you want to quit, you’re only at about 40%. Meaning you are not even close to being done. You still have 60% of will, determination, grit, and effort left in you to achieve what you set out to do.
Don’t let but be a dream killer for you. Don’t let it stop you in your tracks when you are just getting started. Don’t let your naysayers and haters have the satisfaction. Normally I would say don’t worry about them, but yeah, not today. Prove them wrong.
Most importantly prove yourself wrong in the process. You can do this. You and I are not built to fail. Nor are we built to give up on our dreams. We are built to say yes to our own aspirations. To say yes to the journey, it will take to achieve our heart’s desires.
I know you already believe in yourself. So what are you waiting for?
Before you go, check out the video that inspired this post. Live your dreams, my friends.