We all have fears in life, don’t we. There are those things that we encounter that tell us that we cannot do something. What fears have you encountered? It could be anything from riding a roller-coaster, flying in a plane, fear of new opportunities, fear of failure, and even, yes, fear of success. Fear is something that is so stifling, that it can keep you from perusing your dreams and goals and force you down paths that are completely contradictory to anything that you would otherwise do. Fear can keep you stuck in a job that makes you flat out miserable. I know many that have been there. Either they become too secure in their job and its benefits or they just don’t want to risk going on to something new for fear of the unknown. This fear can suck the spirit out of you and keep you from ever coming alive.
Dr. Charles Stanley had a great quote about fear. He said, “Fear stifles our thinking and actions. It creates indecisiveness that results in stagnation. I have known talented people who procrastinate indefinitely rather than risk failure. Lost opportunities cause erosion of confidence, and the downward spiral begins.” Does this sound like you or anyone you know? The fear can come from a number of areas. It can be your own psychological fears of moving forward or it could those naysayers that constantly want to tell you that you can’t do this or you shouldn’t do that. Either way, as Dr. Stanley said, fear stifles your thinking and actions and can result in lost opportunities.
The struggle that must be faced by everyone is how to conquer that fear. What can you do to brush aside the naysayers and that nagging feeling that keeps you from pursuing the goals you have ahead and what God has intended for you? Elbert Hubbard stated that “The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing that you will make one.” We all know there will times where you will not succeed in one venture or another. If you never try however, for fear of failing, then you have once again let fear overcome you and your goals.
So how do you conquer those fears? The biggest thing is to put your trust in God that He will lead you through the challenges and toward the path He wants you on. Psalm 56:3-4 says, “But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you. I praise God for what he has promised. I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me?” That’s self evident there. What can anyone or anything do to stop you if you put your trust in God. He will help you overcome your fears when you trust in Him and let Him take control.
With your trust in God, you can muster the strength to overcome any fear and follow your dreams. Les Brown stated that “A lot of people do not muster the courage to live their dreams because they are afraid to die.” Don’t be afraid of where the path goes. Follow your dreams and goals and follow them without fear. I have a frame on my wall at home that says “The Will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.” Know that He is always there. Don’t be afraid of failure. Don’t be afraid of success. Don’t be afraid of the unknown. Have faith that the path you follow is the one you are meant to be on. You keep your mind fixed on those goals and they will come to fruition.
So don’t ever let anyone or anything tell you that you can’t follow your passions and dreams. You can conquer those fears. I have had my share of those fears over the years of where I may end up. It is now in God’s hands and he is guiding down the path I was intended to take. You can do the same thing. It takes time, so don’t let that stop you either. Stay focused and you can conquer those fears and come alive!