The question to stop asking yourself if you want to follow to your heart (plus, what to ask instead)

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what it takes to make a leap of faith.

For years, I didn’t think I had the strength to make that kind of jump, so I went along, wishing things were different, waiting for something to happen, hoping things would change…

Whenever the prospect of following my dreams would come up, I’d shut it down immediately because it seemed crazy and I was worried about what people might think.

Even contemplating the possibility would make me feel like I couldn’t breathe. Why would you do that? was often running through my mind, followed by thoughts like, That’s crazy! That doesn’t make any sense. You could never do that! Plus all the things that could possibly go wrong…

Which made it harder to jump.

But following your heart doesn’t have to be that hard. I was asking myself the wrong question.

Why? is a dream killer. It puts your heart on the defensive because it’s based on the assumption that you need some kind of justification, as if your heart’s desire wasn’t reason enough.

But the heart knows no logic, it only knows feeling. And living the life of your dreams only becomes a possibility the moment you start listening to your heart.

So the next time it speaks, instead of asking for an explanation, simply ask yourself, Why not?