I love being surrounded by dreamers. It’s one of the reasons I love living in Nashville so much- seems like everywhere you turn you meet someone chasing some kind of dream.

Stepping out in faith and pursuing a dream takes a crazy amount of courage. And while we’ve watched others chase dreams and face an immense amount of opposition, we often think things will be smoother for us. It’s almost as if we have to overlook the possible opposition and obstacles because we’d never take that leap if we knew everything we’d have to endure and overcome.

But there is overwhelming evidence that pursuing a God-given dream—whatever the dream may be—is guaranteed to bring some opposition your way. And this opposition can come from many sources: naysayers and critics, well-meaning friends and family members, negative circumstances, and, most of all (at least for me), from the fear in your own mind. I’ve faced some serious giants in the pursuit of different dreams over the years but none as persistent and dangerous as the ones in my head.

When we start facing disappointments, setbacks, bad news, or what have you, one of our first reactions is usually to say to ourselves something like this: Hey, I thought I was doing God’s will! What’s the deal with all these trials and tribulations? God, how about a little support here? Our confidence in pursuing our passion is all too often overwhelmed by a riptide of fear and doubt.

Let me share this truth with you: the bigger the dream, the bigger the fight you’ll face. In fact, the people throughout history who have been directly in the center of God’s will for their lives are the same people who have gone through the toughest trials.

So, it seems we can safely conclude that if we are expecting the universe to lavish approval on us for following our dreams, we are destined to disillusionment. Chasing a dream is no job for an approval junkie.

The dreams in your heart are no accident; they were put there by God. Fight fear and take one step (even if it’s a small one) closer to them today.