I recently read Goliath Must Fall by Louie Giglio. His book inspired me to write about the giant in my life- FEAR. If you struggle with fear during your daily day to day living you are capable of conquering the giant within you.
We automatically assume the number one killer of our dreams is failure, however we’re wrong. The number one killer of our dreams is fear. More often than not, fear is simply a figment of our imagination, which settles into the deepest cornerstone’s of our minds. Fear is simply- False Evidence Appearing Real. We are to stare into the face of fear and say, You do not control my future! The most successful people today didn’t end up where they are now because they were too scared. They probably fell over and over and over, but that didn’t stop them from continuing the climb up the mountain. They made their way through the bumpy, wet, muddy, hilly, pyramid until they reached the top.
So, what exactly is the definition of fear?
Everyone experiences fear at some point in their lives. Overcoming addiction, near death experience, spiders, snakes, heights, harsh judgement, anxiety, anger, rejection, or seeking acceptance. These things can show up for only a short amount of time, or in other instances they can be life-long battles. No matter how long your fear lasts, it has the same effect on everyone.
It may take weeks, months, or even years to build up fear and eventually loose sight of your passion, loose sight of your purpose, loose sight of who you are, and what you want. Fear is a one way street, which means it also takes a while to reverse- to gain back your confidence, your determination, and your happiness. Confidence takes time. Determination takes time. Happiness takes time. You need a significant amount of patience, courage, and perseverance. You can and you will discover your will to live.
Fear will consume you if you let. It will not win. Tackle your fears. Take that giant down with a giant leap of faith.
What is the solution to fear?
- Identify your fear
Do not mask your fears. Nothing good can come from this. Take a stand. The first step is acknowledging what it is that’s weighing you down. Are you aware of what the root of the cause is?
- Be vulnerable
Despite the heavy burdens you’ve been carrying around you have nothing to fear. Surrender those feelings of stubbornness. (James 4:7) Plan ahead and take action. Expose yourself to your biggest phobia. Take baby steps towards conquering your fear. Do one thing every day that scares you. It’s now or never.
- It’s all about perspective
Think positive! Surround yourself with positive people. Focus on the NOW- not yesterday, not tomorrow, but today. Most of the time our fears are lies we tell ourselves. Once we realize our fears are not the end of the world we will feel a weight being lifted off our shoulders. What is that feeling called? The name for it is- FREE. Sometimes the things we are most afraid of are the things that will set us free.
- Manage Stress
Stop overthinking. When the gears keep turning they regulate thoughts that were not there to begin with. We all have different methods that help us ease our minds. Weather it’s phycological therapy- meditating, talking, writing in a journal, reading, listening to music, and watching a film/documentary, or physical therapy- exercising, yoga, a morning walk/run, changing your diet, or actually going to the gym.
Don’t be shy or too afraid to seek help. Weather it’s advice from a professional or simply a close family member, friend, or pastor. Find those who have traveled down the same road of fear as you. Ask them what steered them on the road to success. What kind of road blocks did they stumble upon, what inspired, or encouraged them along the way.
Be thankful. Write down three things everyday that you are grateful for. We are so often wrapped up in the chaos and anxieties of our everyday lives that we forget what really matters. Recognize the goodness of your spouse, your parents, your children, or your co-worker. Call, text, or e-mail them and let them know how much you appreciate the advice they gave you or the kind gesture they showed towards you.
PRAY! Go to church, read the Bible, listen to worship songs, and trust God- his timing is better than your timing. There is also no better place for refuge than God. (Psalm 46:1-3) The opposite of fear is faith. Faith will transform us (Romans 12:2) Choose faith over fear. It will change your life. The phrase, do not be afraid is written in the Bible eighty-one times. (NIV) There are many scriptures you can refer to on the topic of fear including, Isaiah 41:10, Psalm 56:3-4, and Deut. 31:6-Be strong and take take courage! The best views are visible only after the most difficult climb of your life. Praise the Lord for your glory. For you have achieved such victories through the power of God.
My dear friend, I have faith in you. Be brave. Be strong. Be You. You will make it up the highest mountain to see the heavenly view.