Don’t Let Fear Hold You Back

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.”  -Charles Stanley

In the movie “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” fear became a realty when Edmund feared the worst into existence. The result was devastating and became an obstacle and life danger for the entire crew on the ship.

Fear is a feeling of apprehension over the thought of some imminent danger. Usually over something that never comes to reality.  In Part 2 of “Strategies for Successful Living” we will address how to overcome fear and move forward in your life’s goals. (Review Part 1 here.)

When my parents bought a new store, they were told it was impossible; their dream was not accomplishable. It wasn’t easy, they faced huge challenges; but were determined to not give up. Today, they look back at those hard years as the best years of their marriage.

Do not allow fear to overcome you, Fear holds you back, stops, destroys, and keeps you in defeat mode. You need to declare victory and success!

You have two choices. Give into obstacles along the way or declare success! You need to stop self-defeating thoughts such as: “I am not good enough; I am not qualified, I can’t do it.” The moment you choose success focus on the end result. Write your goal out and place it where you can see it daily to stay focused.

The Bible talks about not dwelling on fear.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”  -Joshua 1:9

God said to Joshua: “I will be with you wherever you go.” Remember God is always before you, behind you and beside you. Fear is from the enemy and not from God. Joshua’s new job consisted of leading the Hebrews to the Promised Land.  Joshua focused on what God had done in the past and believed in the promises God gave. God said: “I am with you do not tremble or be dismayed.”  Joshua did not focus on the hurdles but remembered the promises of God and focused on the goal.

Joshua owned his mission. Trusted God and moved in God’s promises. Own what it is that you are trying to achieve. Own what God has placed on your heart.

“Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live.”  –Dorothy Thompson

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