“Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is.”
The hardest part about taking action on goal and dreams is just getting started. We are resistant because of fear… Today I want to do a little Thinking Out Loud about fear as it pertains to our goals, dreams, and taking action on leveling up in any are of life.
Fear of failure…
“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.” 2 Timothy 1:7
I don’t believe that the Lord calls us to mediocrity.
Fear of the unknown…
How often do avoid doing new things, even exciting things, because they would put us outside our comfort zone. We are afraid of what will happen, or what it will mean for us if we put ourselves out on the line. That step means we are accountable on a new level. The truth is that you will never know how much you are capable of until you put yourself on the hook. You will never grow beyond your current state without getting uncomfortable, but the discomfort is worth it.
Remember growing pains? They are normal part of physical growth and I’m pretty sure most of us would agree that the temporary discomfort was worth the outcome. Once you knew what they were, you may have even looked forward to them because you know what the result would be! Just like the discomfort of stretching during physical growth, there are times of discomfort required for leveling up your life.
Fear of looking foolish…
How often do we let what others think about us dictate our actions? I have spent a great deal of my life concerned about the opinions of others. Opinions that often have nothing to do with my own values. Why?! The truth is that you can’t please everyone, so be intentional with taking opinions for what they are. Respect them, but consider them subjectively. Of course there are certain people who have earned the right to speak into your life on a deeper level than others, but you are the only person who can ever know what is right for you. You are, after all, the one who will live with the outcome.
“…you are God’s “chosen generation”, his “royal priesthood”, his “holy nation”, his “peculiar people”—all the old titles of God’s people now belong to you. It is for you now to demonstrate the goodness of him who has called you out of darkness into his amazing light.” 1 Peter 2:9
I don’t believe He purposed us to blend in with everyone around us.
2/ Do you get nervous about taking action on new things because of the accountability that comes along with leveling up?