I now choose to dance in first place in my own life. This has taken courage, self-love, determination and a pure-hearted willingness to go through big, big growing pains. But I am worth it. A happy, joy-calling life is worth it. I know this now. Even though for so many, many years in my life I did not.
Thinking about the consequences of failure, ignoring your feelings and engaging in detailed planning don't sound as fun as advice like "Follow your passion!" or "Stay positive!" But they have the decided advantage of actually being effective -- which, as it happens, is exactly what you'll be if you use them.