I know I know, there are a lot of bad 4 letter words out there. It’s hard to believe there is one that is the nastiest of all. But to a creative soul, a dreamer, the one stepping out on the water with extreme faith and courage, there is one 4 letter word that can leave us paralyzed right where we are. It begins with the letter “F”, and no I’m not talking about the one that rhymes with “truck”. FEAR.
Fear cripples us, it hinders our motivation, squashes our ambition, and tries to wash away our dreams. Why do we let this nasty 4 letter word hold us back from doing what we love to do, heck what we were created to do. I’ve always been a confident person with a healthy dose of reality. Not so sure of myself that egos become inflated, but gutsy enough to take a risk every now and then. Except lately fear has been knocking at my door, and pitching a tent in my front yard. You know the kind that blocks your view from gazing out into wide open fields, the kind where dreams are thought up?
Too much fear and we are deemed a scardy cat, not enough fear and we are called crazy, but where is the medium ground? The healthy balance? The place where we find that beautiful balance between our comfort zone and doing something wild and crazy? You’ve probably heard the quote before “if your dreams don’t scare you they aren’t big enough”.
There have been seasons in my life where I could say that quote and feel 100% at peace about where I was, and what I was doing. Knowing full well I was fulfilling my dreams and the sky was the limit. But not every season has that kind of certainty, that type of confidence. During this season of change I feel like I’m in, I can’t say this quote to myself without feeling my legs tremble a bit.
Why? Why do we submit to its powerful mind tricks fear plays on us? It’s crippling lies? Sometimes I feel like fear whispers over and over again “What if it never works?”. Whatever that “it” is for you, whatever that dream is you’ve tucked away deep inside your heart, it’s time to bring it out into the light. “For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7.
There is another quote I love, and it says “Great things did not come from comfort zones”. While I don’t think I’m stuck in a comfort zone, it can prove to be a comfy place you don’t want to travel outside of. Here are a few things I like to remind myself of when I’m needing a good dose of gumption!
“Believe you are already what you want to be, and start acting like it.” – @jeffgoins
When I start questioning what I’m supposed to be doing, and thinking how “far along” I should be on this journey in life. I pause and need to remind myself not compare myself to strangers on the internet. We are all on different paths unique to each and every one of us.
I’m not sure where you are on your path in life, maybe right now you are in a place of feeling 100% at peace, or perhaps you are you feeling a bit like I am in this season of weeding out the things that don’t belong, and trusting God for direction. Wherever you’re at, know that you are not alone, dare to dream big, and be passionate in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire!
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