As I’ve gotten older I have found it much easier to disguise my fear as practicality.
“Well, I need to provide for my wife and kids, make sure I am saving up and I am comfortable financially, so I probably shouldn’t pursue this idea that’s been rattling around in my brain for years. That would be irresponsible. This job I have now is a safe one.”
If I heard my own eulogy, and someone described me as “A safe one,” I would beg the Lord to let me get back out there. What we really want feels too far out of reach so we stay on the ground and never take the leap. What I am really saying in the practical statement above is,
“I feel like this idea is why I was put on this earth. I so desperately want to pursue it, but I am scared out of my f*cking mind? I’ve never done anything like this before. What if it fails? Or what if I’m not good enough?”
That’s honesty. That’s truth. Valid fear, but fear. Quit masking your fears. Address them head on, and then make a decision. Stop hiding behind practicality. A world changer’s number one goal has never been a hearty 401k.