Conquer Your Fear of Failure and Dream Big!

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“Dreams come in a size too big so that we may grow into them.” Josie Bisse.

Dream Big! When I saw that file folder with the message so brightly displayed, I knew I had to have it. I have always been a big dreamer. My dad was like that too and eventually he invented a product that first responders around the world use in building collapses to secure the structure!

I have not come close to achieving what my dad did but in my own ways I have dreamt big. If you saw my very first blog and saw the land that we are developing, you will have gotten a taste of my big dreams.  If you haven’t seen that blog, please check it out, just click the word LINK and it will take you right there.

When we dare to dream, be careful and aware that some people around you may not like your big dreams and may try to bring you down. I had a person close to me, Mr. Negative, mock my efforts on Instagram, blogging, etc. It was a real blow and embarrassing honestly. Sadly, I bought into his perspective. Thoughts like

who am I kidding”,

“he is right, just stick to my day job” and

the dreaded “everyone is laughing at me” really hit hard.

After spiralling down for a day, something happened and perhaps you have experienced this too. When something goes wrong or feelings of defeat are drowning me, something or someone will come along to change my perspective and they will have advice that is perfect for the situation. This time it was an article entitled “Who is your Goliath?” It was so on point for what I was experiencing it shocked me.

I knew this message was for me.

Feminine office accessories
Wherever you do your dreaming and planning, make sure you surround yourself with beautiful items

The article was based on the Bible story of young David taking on the mighty Goliath.  In life we often come upon bigger than life characters who can make our lives difficult or impossible.  Other times, it is the situation that seems undefeatable, like an illness, injury, etc.  Sometimes our own perception or mindset is the problem. 

You may think in my situation that Mr. Negative was my Goliath, but in fact when I studied the situation carefully, I am my own Goliath. The thoughts and fear of failure were already running through my mind and Mr. Negative just confirmed them. If they hadn’t, I would not have been so affected by someone else’s criticism. I am sure many of us are our own Goliaths and I know first hand how hard it is to struggle with those emotions.

White vintage desk in feminine office with pink accessories
A clean, uncluttered space will keep you focused on what is important

So what am I going to do?

Well I am not going to let Mr. Negative or even myself rain on my own parade. I am going to conquer my fear of failure because I am going to see this through. I may have success and I may not but I sure am going to keep on dreaming and enjoy the ride wherever it takes me. The worst thing to do would be to give up and buy into Mr. Negative’s comments or my own fears! That would leave the question of whether I could make it unanswered and

that would not be a life well lived!

I hope you are dreaming big today and everyday and pushing every Goliath out of your life even the ones you create

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did.  So throw off the bowlines.  Sail away from the safe harbor.  Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.  Mark Twain

Dream Big file folder with peonies & blue mason jar candle
Keep inspirational messages in front of you to keep you on track to achieve your goals!

Interested in checking out any of the beautiful office decor I have shown in these pics?  Just click the links below:

Gold upright file holder

Dream Big file folder (similar to)

Day timer

Area Rug

Gold hanging file folder on left side of desk with pink marbleized file folders

White throw over chair (similar too but actually nicer)

Faux peony flowers

Basics Note Pad set

XOXO
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10 Comments
  • Marieza
    July 6, 2021

    What a lovely post, Crystal! We all need a reminder every now and then.

    • Crystal
      July 6, 2021

      Awww thanks so much Marieza!!!

  • Lou
    July 6, 2021

    Hi Crystal,
    I remember one of our first conversations via Instagram, you told me about your dreams and Mr. Negative…. I’m happy your account crossed my path, I’m thankful for the conversations we have had without knowing each other personally and I’m surely glad you decided to do this. I love the way you write.
    Mr. Negative told you what you couldn’t do (much probably talking about himself), you’re showing him what you’re capable of… So… If they tell you not to dram big, just dream bigger!!
    Congratulations Crystal
    Love,
    Lou (@mylifeblueandi)

    • Crystal
      July 6, 2021

      Lou, Lou, Lou
      what a beautiful message! I am so happy and thankful our paths crossed too. You are such an inspiration and a role model for persevering, never giving up and being successful. You bet I am going to dream bigger – lol – it will set their hair on fire hahaha!!!
      Thankful to have you in my life,
      Crystal

  • Melba
    July 7, 2021

    Crystal, this is such a beautiful post that it brought tears and so many memories. Why are we harder on ourselves and more supportive to others. This is one I am working on to this day and better about! Thanks to meeting people like you!

    • Crystal
      July 7, 2021

      Melba, yes that is the question isn’t it? Why do we give so much grace and understanding to others but not ourselves? Why is it ok for others to fail and we just keep loving them, but for ourselves it is hard to shake and we sometimes feel unlovable? It is one I am working on too and I am so grateful that you and all my IG and blogging friends have come into my life.

  • Marie
    July 7, 2021

    Everyone has days where they feel down on themselves. It is especially hard when starting something new. Keep it up!

    • Crystal
      July 24, 2021

      That is very true Marie! Thank you and you bet I will keep on going, one step in front of the other

  • Leslie Watkins
    August 14, 2021

    I love this post. So many things we fear truly are our Goliaths and I have a few of those to slay that get in the way of the big dreams that need fulfillment. So glad to join you on your journey of blogging. I’ve subscribed! Keep dreaming!

    • Crystal
      August 14, 2021

      Thank you so very much for your comment and your subscription! Much appreciated. I hope you conquer those Goliaths as I cannot wait to see the big dreams you have!

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