Today we’ll look at another reason for self-sabotage – fear. Fear is great at disguising itself. Most often fear is portrayed in the movies with screaming, shaking and running away. Fear manifests itself with tremors and ghostly moans and blah, blah blah. And when we don’t see this behavior in ourselves, we assume ourselves to be fearless. The fact of the matter is fear has many faces. Sometimes it looks and sounds like excuses for why we can’t, won’t, or shouldn’t – even though that voice on the inside says, “Go!” Sometimes it looks exactly like procrastination (“I’ll start working on the business plan as soon as I get my life in order.”) Fear can even look like indifference, making us think that we really don’t care if the book sells or the business takes off or the idea is accepted. And if I don’t really care, then why bother right?
I’ve learned that there are some ideas and dreams that are there for a reason. They don’t go away. They may go dormant for a while, but they always resurface. I think these are the things we’ll regret not pursuing at the end of our lives, not just because we missed an opportunity, but because we had so much time to pursue it but instead watched television, or slept, or did anything else that just wasn’t so important after all.
Remember when G.I. Joe used to say that knowing was half the battle? I think he was right. Identify your fears. Question yourself and your motives. Ask yourself why you haven’t done whatever it is that you know you need to do. And be honest with yourself. Fear brings torment (1 John 4:18). Decide to NOT live in fear. Decide to pursue what God put in you (it’s not going away anyway, right?).
Live beyond fear today.
What things have been holding you back? I’d love to hear from you.