Catching Fireflies

finding magic along the way

Dream Big Enough to Scare You


Ok, now that I have your attention!

I saw this on Facebook awhile back. (I find a lot of great quotes on FB!) And wow, did it smack me upside the head!

But really, it’s true, isn’t it? I mean, if you are going to just dream small, approachable dreams, why bother? You can reach those with the smallest amount of discipline and effort, right?

No, you need to dream big enough to make you pee your pants just a little bit. You will feel uncomfortable; you will want to run home and hide under your bed; you will think about turning back and giving up many times. You will know your dream is big enough if the mere thought of it makes you want to throw up a little from the combination of excitement and fear of failure. You will be forced to do things you never thought you would be able to do. But you will do them, and you will feel euphoric when you look back on those moments and realize that you were strong enough, brave enough, wild enough.

Life is short. We hear that a lot don’t we? Life is short. But, really, it is. And sadly, it can be gone in a flash, unexpectedly and without warning, the rug can be yanked out from under you and wham! All that time you thought you had to go for your dreams tomorrow, or next week, or next year – it’s gone.

So I ask you, what are your dreams? What tiny steps or giant steps are you taking toward them? Are you willing to do the things that scare you a little or a lot to reach those dreams?

I know what you are thinking. You are thinking, no. I can’t do it. There will be time tomorrow when I am stronger, when I am braver.

And I am here to tell you – you can do this. You’ve got this. You have the ability and the courage to do this. One step at a time. And with each step, you grow. You become stronger. You find that the step that freaked you out yesterday really was not that big a deal. Look at you now, with that step behind you!

You got this.


  1. I have such respect and admiration for people who are brave enough to chase the biggest of dreams…as much as I hate to admit this, I’m not there yet…I know, I know…none of us are guaranteed tomorrow…but I’m such a coward…I’ve got to overcome this now!

    • You can do it! I am not 100% there yet either. Every step is a new challenge to come out of my shell and yell at the top of my lungs, “I am a writer!” It will take practice at every step. 🙂

  2. Amazing post and just at the right time. Thank you.

    • Chrissy, you inspire me with your big dreams and bravery!! Thank you!!

  3. Cheryl, I can chase my biggest and most frightening dreams with glee. No matter the butterflies or rolling waves of fear, the journey to reaching our goals is the best ride of our life. I equate it to the roller coaster … got to love that first maddening drop on that first hill. Enjoy the ride. Me? I can’t wait to go again 🙂

    • Oh that all of us could be so courageous!! I am just learning to enjoy the ride of my creative side!,

  4. Cheryl, that is a GREAT quote and just what I needed this morning 🙂


    • So glad you found it when you needed it! I did to!! 🙂

  5. Thank you Cheryl for writing this!! I needed it very much!! I am chasing a certain dream and it is to be a successful author. Other things however that I am not chasing that I should be is taking advantage of life such as getting out and doing some fun things with friends and family, and taking better care of myself, and meeting others who can be beneficial to my happiness. I need to work on these things. I will work on these things!! Thank you for writing this!! ((( HUGS )))

    • I am glad this post found you when you needed it. The universe works like that sometimes! 🙂 I have to remind myself often that it is equally important to make sure you are taking care of yourself as you pursue those dreams. Otherwise, you will be too tired and burned out to enjoy the ride!

      • That is very true and I do want to enjoy the ride 🙂

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