What Happens When You Stop Letting Fear Own Your Dreams

In July of 2014, Laura and I started our leadership organization, L3 Leadership. We have learned a ton in the year and a half we have been growing this. Perhaps the greatest lesson I am learning is what happens when we stop letting fear own our dreams.

What Fear will Do to Your Dreams

When I turned 30 this year, I did a decade review and reflected on my twenties. I discovered that everything we are doing with L3, I had in my heart in 2007. Why did it take me 7 years to start the organization? Fear!

  • What if everyone thinks it’s stupid?
  • What if nobody shows up?
  • What if people think I’m not qualified?
  • What if I lose all of my friends?
  • What if we fail?

If we let it, fear will always own our dreams. Fear owned my dream for 7 years. Some people let fear own their dreams forever. Gary Vaynerchuk once said, “The fear of losing trumps the excitement of victory for so many people.” My hope is that this post will help you put an end to fear’s ownership of your dream.

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So, how do we overcome fear? In my experience, the only way to trump fear is to go all in!

Some of your greatest regrets will be that you didn’t go all in sooner!

What Happens When You Go All In

William H. Murray once said, “The moment one definitely commits oneself then providence moves too. All sorts of things help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issue from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would come his way.

I am just starting to discover the power of that statement. Everything you want is on the other side of you going all in:

  • Your dreams coming true
  • Incredible relationships with people you wouldn’t know if you didn’t go all in
  • All of the resources you will need to fulfill your dream
  • The ability to grow into your maximum potential
  • The opportunity to change people’s lives who would have never been impacted if you didn’t go all in
  • Actually making the world a better place to live in

The Truth About Going All In

When you go all in, it’s never as bad as fear told you it would be. In fact, it’s usually the opposite. More often than not, when you go all in, you’ll find yourself wondering what you were afraid of in the first place.

Mark Twain may have said it best when he said, “I’ve had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened.” Even if you fail, you will learn that failure isn’t fatal.  Once you learn that, you will never let the fear of failure keep you in bondage again.

I am convinced that one day as we are looking back on our lives, we will realize that our greatest moments were the times we had the courage to go all in. Some of your greatest regrets will be that you didn’t go all in sooner!

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What Does Going All in Look Like for You?

  • What fears are you letting hold you back from going after what’s in your heart?
  • Do you have a dream that you’ve been letting fear hold you back from going all in on?
  • What steps have you been afraid to take that can you take this week to start trumping fear?
  • DO IT AFRAID and see what happens!

Thoughts? Comment below!

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One Response

  1. I was looking for Gary´s quote to remember it and got into this amazing blog post. Really, AMAZING blog post, it totally resembled with me. Young dude here, not knowing to take a risk and ask a girl out(It has quite a lot of bad consequences if she rejects me, but all are temporal I guess). IM GONNA GO ALL IN THIS WEEK! I PROMISE!

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