How do you know which path to take when you have multiple viable options? Many say go with your gut or follow your heart. These are essentially one in the same. You’re making a decision based on more of a feeling rather than facts. But, what happens when your head pulls you in a different direction than your heart? Which do you listen to?

From personal experience, it’s not an easy choice. Typically, I go with what my head is telling me. The more practical path. Or, in other words, the safest path. This hasn’t lead me in a wrong direction. Things have worked out pretty well for me. I was able to further my education and graduate from college. I had a great corporate job with great benefits. I own my own car and have my own place. Looking at it on paper, there’s not much to complain about. Not that I’m unappreciative; I’m very appreciative of the opportunities and things I have. But, there has always been something missing. I’ve never felt entirely fulfilled. I want more out of life. Something deeper and more exhilarating. Something to where I am able to contribute to a greater cause than I am today. To make a positive impact on other’s lives.

To me, following my heart seemed too risky before. So why did the risk hold me back? Why does risk hold anyone back? Fear. Fear of not living up to expectations. Fear that your plan will not pan out the way you thought it would. Fear of failing.

Fear is a very powerful thing. You can either use it to your advantage or you can let it hold you back. It’s easy to let fear hold you back. We all have at some point or another. For most of my life I have let fear hold me back from following my truest desires. But, why are we so scared of failure? Why is putting yourself out there to try something new, to follow your heart, considered failure? The real failure would be never putting yourself out there in the first place. Never following your passions.

If you don’t face your fears and go for the things you truly want in life, you’ll always wonder what if. Don’t wonder. Learn.

You can come up with a million excuses to not do something. I’m right there with you. I’ve always made excuses. Including: it’s not the right time; what about money; I don’t know how to start; etc. These are your basic excuses to avoid facing your fears. No excuse is worth life passing you by waiting and hoping for one day. The only reason you need is because you want to; because it’s your passion. That will trump the million excuses every time.

I spent the last three years of my life in job I was not passionate about. A job I did not get excited about going to. There are people who have spent their lifetime in jobs like that. Three years was enough for me. I’m committed to not spending my lifetime in a job I don’t feel passionate about. What will it take for you to do the same?

“Fearlessness is like a muscle. I know from my own life that the more I exercise it, the more natural it becomes to not let my fears run me.” – Arianna Huffington

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