One of my favorite conversations with my kids has to be talking about what they want to be when they grow up.
They want to be a cop, but they are afraid of strangers.
They want to be a firefighter, but they are afraid of candles.
They want to be an astronaut, but they are afraid to climb up in the tree.
They want to be a veterinarian, but they are scared of big animals.
The amazing thing about a child’s mind is that they don’t let their fear dictate their dreams. They maintain their belief that they can do anything as long as they have the “want to.”
Where was it exactly that we quit being able to dream uninhibited like that?
We can’t blame it on learning about failure. As a child we stumbled, we fell and we made a big mess out of things that we tried a lot of times. We knew failure the minute we attempted our first steps or built our first block tower. Yet, we kept trying because we wanted to succeed.
My thought is that we began to fear failure the moment we first compared ourselves to someone else. The time that we looked at somebody and thought they were smarter, prettier or better off than us. Ultimately we perpetuated our fear of personal failure to come true.
What if we could get that childhood inhibition back to dream recklessly?
If we could turn off those lying voices inside of us that make us measure ourselves against someone else and just dare to live boldly and inside our dreams; where could we be?