Being a single mom, living on a ranch, I experience fear. Frequently. I have no choice but to feel the fear and do it anyway. But what can we do to overcome fear all together?
In Fearlessness is not the same as the absence of fear, Seth Godin says, “When we deny our fear, we make it stronger.” And this comment rings true as well, “The fearless person is well aware of the fear she faces. That fear, though, becomes a compass, not a barrier. It becomes a way to know what to do next.”
When we acknowledge our fear it strips fear of its power.
One of my favorite sayings that I live by is “Feel the fear and do it anyway.”
Mr. Godin goes on to say, “Life without fear doesn’t last very long–you’ll be run over by a bus (or a boss) before you know it. The fearless person, on the other hand, sees the world as it is (fear included) and then makes smart (and brave) decisions.”
Pretty good, wouldn’t you say? What do YOU think?
This brings me to where I often go. Do you think Jesus was afraid as He prayed the night before He was betrayed? He knew what was required of Him. He knew He was going to die. And how. Could you imagine the fear and anguish He endured?
For you and me He felt the fear and did it anyway.
Are you afraid of anything? Do you trust me enough yet to acknowledge it so we can talk about it and take the power of that fear away? Have you ever felt the fear and did it anyway?