Three Steps You Need To Take If You Want To Follow Your Dreams

When I was 15, I developed a strong desire to become a fashion entrepreneur. I dreamed of establishing an online store filled with chic and timeless designs. I collected and dog-eared a set of business-related books. I even invested in a small stock using savings from my retail job. At one point, I strongly considered postponing my A-Levels.

Yet, those dreams never materialized. Looking back, I realize that this was not just because I grew out of the idea, but it was the process that I took to convince myself of the impracticality of starting a business. My initial enthusiasm waned after a few months, and looking at the formalities of starting a business, I became intimidated. I doubted myself. I eventually buried that fantasy which I could have realised.

Much of this was down to fear, and I was once again reminded of my buried aspirations when listening to this inspiring TED talk from rocket scientist and professor, Olympia LePoint.

After deciding, aged six, that she wanted to become a rocket scientist, over the course of her school life LePoint encountered several obstacles: almost losing her an eye in an incident, facing poverty, and failing the subjects she needed to succeed in to realise her dream.

Through overcoming these difficulties and recognising her value, LePoint devised a three-step method to overcoming fear which involves the following:

Rejecting your fear

Reprogramming your brain with different thoughts

Rebuilding the neurons in your brain by taking action

Timeless advice for any career girl, this process is detailed further by LePoint: “Any time someone has fear, problem-solving [capabilities] are completely turned off. When we take action in direct opposition, something interesting happens. Neuron transmitters are created and built within our brains, killing off fear and creating pathways to fire off our frontal lobes, which enables us to do great things.”

As the new week begins, if you’re finding yourself riddled with self-doubt or fear, set aside 15 minutes to listen. It’ll motivate you to start your week feeling empowered.

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Isabel Togoh

Isabel is a 22-year-old MA student from London (via Ghana and Paris). She enjoys writing, reading long articles, laughing a lot, and consuming healthy amounts of Brie cheese. She also loves to mentor young students, and hopes to become a journalist once she graduates.

  • Simi Atanda Lindgren

    Fear is usually the thing that stops you from starting something…it’s what stopped me from starting my lifestyle blog for ages, until I bit the bullet, and then I was nominated for an award…I would have missed out on something I love, due to fear!

  • Camille Beygui

    Awesome post

  • Inma

    I listened to the episode of The Lively Show podcast with Brooke Castillo which is all about the power of our thoughts and it was so inspiring! Quite often a change in our mindset can really make a huge difference on the outcomes.

    Inma x

  • Els Dines

    I agree completely with this post! Fear is ALWAYS the number one factor of trying something new. We’re too afraid to leave our comfort zone. But the only way to make a difference in our lives is to overcome that fear and do something that scares you everyday. That’s what I say to myself everyday at least :)

  • Kiran

    Great post, I want to read the book ‘Feel The Fear and Do It Anyway’. Thanks for sharing, good advice! Xxx

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  • Luci Rose

    Such an inspiring story and interesting topic. Lately I have recognized the “fight or flee” response to situations in myself and I am reiterating to myself that this is a natural reaction to stressful situations. This TEDTalk has helped me to process this ingrained response to conquer the fear and overcome it. Thank you!

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