I want to address one of the more powerful forces in the universe – fear. Especially as it relates to how we process life and opportunities, fear can control, intimidate and dominate our lives.
The term “paralyzing fear” is legit – some fear is so powerful that it actually leaves us unable to move.
The biggest trouble with fear is, it controls our ability to dream. Some find it nearly impossible to visualize a positive outcome because their fear dominates any optimism. Like a playground bully, fear intimidates the vision right out of many leaders. Napoleon Hill said, “Fear is a darkroom where negatives develop.”
Don’t let your fear of the future control your future!
Don’t allow fear of repeated failures to dictate your future!
Don’t tolerate fear as an uncontrollable force!
It can be controlled.
Here are some insights on how to beat fear:
Identify your fear. Ignoring it or denying it won’t help. Label it by name. Fear is an enemy.
Face your fear. Unless your fear is based on some life-threatening danger, face it down. Stare at fear right in the face. You may find that fear itself is intimidated by courage. Fear is a liar.
Push back. A good old fashioned, “I’m not gonna take it any more” attitude can result in fear backing away from the fight. You might need some help with this one, enlist a friend or two to help you push back. Fear is a coward.
Move in for the kill. Once you detect that fear is backing up, don’t let up. Push it all the way to the hell from which it came. Fear can be defeated.
Apply God’s Word to your fear! The phrase “fear not” appears 365 times in the Bible (one for every day of the year). “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. “II Timothy 1:7 (NLT) God does not want you under the control of fear. Rather, He wants us to live confident and powerful lives.
Get over your fear and live out your dreams!