Say you have an idea. A big, beautiful, exciting idea. Or even a small, budding dream. Something that you want to turn into your dream business.

You want to share it. You want people to know about it. You want everyone in your life to see where you’re coming from and be happy and supportive.

But you’re scared.

Scared mainly that people will do one of two things: either laugh or try to talk you out of it. After all, why would anyone want to risk everything they have to start a new business, quit their job to teach and travel, start the non-profit that they really believe in? Leave that high-paying job? Or the security of a regular check for….what, exactly, again?

That can be quite the deterrent. But what do people actually mean when they react in these ways? Are they really trying to help you by telling you to be “realistic”, or is it something else?

Let’s look into that for a moment. Where is the other person coming from? Is it a place of support or is it a place of fear? Even if if seems well-intentioned, is it still fear? Maybe someone close to you doesn’t understand what you want to do and is afraid that it will change you. Maybe that person has dreams of their own that they’re afraid of testing and is laughing because they wish they had your courage.

Ah, but then again, maybe the people in your life just might surprise you. Maybe you’ll get looks of admiration and support. Maybe they’ll ask what they can do to help you. Maybe they’ll be on your side.

But you’ll never know until you share that special part of yourself….at least a little bit.

This week, I challenge you to talk to someone in your world and tell them what you want to do. Even a small part of it. Call a friend, a sibling, a coworker, tell someone face-to-face a little bit about what you have in your mind and your heart. Share a even a little bit of your soul and see what happens.

And when you do this, here are some things to remember:

-Know that what you share is yours no matter what the reaction is. And know that you’re a little bit closer to making your dream come down into physical reality when you give it a little bit of voice.

-No matter how crazy or strange a dream might seem, if it comes from the place of your highest self and your greatest being, there’s a reason for it. It needs to be heard. By you. And eventually, by others.

-Maybe the action that you demonstrate will inspire others to look into their own dreams. (Even the ones who laughed at yours at first!)

-And Most of All: If they laugh, SO WHAT!!! Maybe just laugh with them. And then do what you were going to do anyway.

Sounds a bit exciting, doesn’t it? Maybe a bit scary? So what is it that you want to share about yourself this week? How are you going to help get that special thing that you have to give into the world, even just a little bit? I’d love to hear about it, so let me know in the comments below!

Here’s to your courage, Mighty Gryffindor!

6 Comments on What If People Laugh at My Idea? (And Will I Let the Very Thought of That Stop Me?)

  1. Merri
    April 29, 2015 at 10:06 am (2 years ago)

    Wonderful! Thank you for the challenge ! Will be sharing with my colleagues some great details today ! Will report on my results !

      April 29, 2015 at 4:59 pm (2 years ago)

      You have many to share, I am quite sure! Start letting people know what you’re up to and the more often you do it the easier it gets.

      • Merri
        April 29, 2015 at 9:00 pm (2 years ago)

        Indeed! No giggles with my friends today! I like to think they are becoming part of my “accountability” team !!

  2. Merri
    April 29, 2015 at 10:16 am (2 years ago)

    Another quick thought…! This excellent post reminds me so much of the late Peter McWilliams! He frequently stated “would you rather be right or rather be happy?” You hit on those points beautifully !

      April 29, 2015 at 5:02 pm (2 years ago)

      Good one! Funny sometimes how “right” for you can actually be the thing that makes you the most happy, isn’t it? 🙂

      • Merri
        April 29, 2015 at 9:02 pm (2 years ago)

        Yes! Funny how the two can go in tandem! That is the nice surprise!


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