How to Train your Dragons; Lessons from Daenerys and Hiccup

(Note to reader: You may want to watch “How To Train Your Dragon” and “Game of Thrones” to catch some of the film references.)

Emotions!!!! We all have the same big three that cause us pain when it comes to pursuing our goals and dreams. Let me introduce you to them….

Fear,  Doubt, and Uncertainty.

Think of these uncomfortable emotions as dragons.  And yes, dragons are scary as hell, at first. They are huge flying beasts that can breathe fire and can simply destroy you with one blow.  If you were to first meet a dragon… it would be scary, intimidating, and down right paralyzing! But did you know that dragons are ancient symbols of wisdom, power, and strength who can harness magical properties and guard hidden treasure? Well now you do! But upon meeting said dragon, your instinct would will be to run and hide. Which makes complete sense.

What if you could learn to train your dragon, like Hiccup did in “How to Train Your Dragon”?  All he had to do was figure out how to get his dragon, the Nightfury he called “Toothless”, to respond in a less threatened way, which allowed them to work together. This led to their tight bond and ended up riding his dragon into the sky, exploring new places, and showing his village that dragons are nothing to fear at all. He learned to work with his natural instincts to harness this amazing power. So yes while a dragon can be frightening at first, we can learn to work with that emotion so that we can have the freedom to conquer our dreams.

Take notes from the Khalessi herself, Daenerys Targaryen the Mother of Dragons…

This woman is the epitome of courageous.  Although her dragons are dangerous and wild, she has a connection with them that no one else does, which greatly serves her mission to reclaim the Iron Throne.  At times they have caused her to fear them, she also knows where and when to call upon their strength and power.  She certainly never backs down or gives up.

So lets reframe these negative emotional dragons and harness their power:

Fear– we all feel it, yes even successful millionaires. Think of fear as an indicator that you are on the verge of something great. That this is exactly where you need to be, to make magic happen in your life, and to experience the breakthrough that is coming. Feeling fear and acting in spite of it, is what propels you to bigger and better things.  The thing about fear is that we feel it strongly right up until the moment of passing through it, then its behind us.  No more fear.  Fear also helps us to focus; it helps you to perform at a level that is working for you, not against you.

Doubt– In the journey of reaching for your dreams and goals, you will feel like you are not enough, you don’t have enough resources or you are not adequate in some way to do the task you are setting out to do. The truth is, you don’t need to have all of the pieces in place yet, you just need to know the next step you are taking. The rest will figure itself out.  Everyone experiences self doubt, and did you know that confidence looks identical as courage on the outside? Everyone is in the same stage play, we are all experiencing some level of doubt whether we show it or not. Courage is just the ability to act in spite of fear. Practicing courageous acts, builds up confidence. Confidence help us to overcome doubt.

Uncertainty– The fear of not knowing the outcome, may cause us to bail out of a situation rather than allow the confusion. Know this, the path will reveal itself to you as you move closer to the goal. Think of this as another great indicator that you are approaching an up-level, even closer to reaching your goal. One step at a time, is really all you need to know. It’s important to remember that success is in the journey, not the destination. The process of moving through your path is more important than the outcome.

So get to know your dragons and ride those big magical creatures across the Narrow Sea into the Seven Kingdoms. Take Fear, Doubt and Uncertainty for a joy ride heading straight for your dreams. Conquer the land of your desires, explore the unknown, and harness the power of your emotions to get closer to the Iron Throne of your destiny.

You got this!

(Insert Game of Thrones theme music, as the dragons fly over head to Westeros)

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