5 truths to help you break through the barrier of fear and pursue your dreams
Posted in , Mar 9, 2017
Are you afraid of making decisions, asking your boss for a raise, leaving your secure job to pursue your life’s dream? Whether we are in the beginning of our careers or toward the end, fear has a way of interfering with our choices. The other day, I was purchasing a new pair of glasses when a young sales lady shared that after working the past six years at the same store, she is now leaving to become the communications director for another company.
When telling me this, her facial expression changed from being eager to nervous. She said, “I’m excited and also afraid.” I responded, “What are you afraid of?” She said, “I am afraid of not having enough experience and the unknown.” I offered words of encouragement, reminding her of her education, value and business experience. The young lady paused and said, “You are like a life coach.” We both laughed and continued with the business transaction.
Why is it that we allow fear to get in the way of our dreams, life and even of our faith journey? It’s only natural to feel fear in the midst of change and of the unknown. However, when it stops us from doing and living to our fullest, it’s an issue that we must face. Author Susan Jeffers of the book, Feel the Fear and Do It Any Way, offers good insight in her article “The Five Truths about Fear” that are worth sharing:
Fear Truth #1
The fear will never go away as long as you continue to grow! Fear is part of the package.
Fear Truth #2
The only way to get rid of the fear of doing something is to go out and…do it! When you do it often enough, you will no longer be afraid in that particular situation.
Fear Truth #3
The only way to feel better about yourself is to go out and…do it! With each little step you take into unknown territory, a pattern of strength develops.
Fear Truth #4
Not only are you afraid when facing the unknown, so is everyone else! You are not alone.
Fear Truth #5
Pushing through fear is less frightening than living with the bigger underlying fear that comes from a feeling of helplessness!
When we apply the principles shared by Susan Jeffers and believe that God helps us push through our fears, we learn to live by faith and not by fear.
Lord, teach us to take small steps through our fears and to walk in the power of faith.