As you journey to discover your divine design, there will come a point when fear will start to creep in. It happens to everyone. At some point in the journey, everyone faces the internal roadblocks that could prevent him or her from moving forward.
“What if it doesn’t work?”
“What if no one is interested in joining in?”
“Am I wasting my time?”
As with most things, how you respond to that fear will directly impact your journey to discover the thing you were created to do. A few weeks ago, I stumbled across a brilliant post from Justin Lathrop that shared exactly what to do when journeying through your greatest fears.
The key idea that Justin shared in the post is that successful people, the ones who have accomplished amazing things with their lives, view fear differently than other people.
People who have discovered their divine design and are living the life they were created to live all experienced a point in their lives when they were afraid. However, the way they responded to that fear is what distinguishes them from others who are sitting on the sidelines, still hoping to do incredible things.
Because fear is something everyone faces, I can only assume that there are three types of people who are reading this post:
1. Those who have faced their fears and overcome them
2. Those who have given into their fears
3. Those who have not experienced the fear that comes with doing incredible things
Let me share a quick piece of advice for each one of you:
For those that have journeyed through your greatest fears and have lived to tell the story, great job! Thank you for being an example to others on how to push through the doubt to do what you were created to do. Now, it’s your job to help those people who are facing that fear head on.
For those of you who have put an idea, dream, or goal on hold because you’ve succumbed to the fear, it’s not over. You can still get back up and accomplish the thing you set out to achieve. As Jon Acuff says, It’s time to punch fear in the face. Overcoming your fear once doesn’t mean it won’t surface again. However, rising above the fear gets easier and easier every time you do it.
For those who haven’t experienced the fear because you’re still searching for your divine design or you’re still early on in the process, the best thing you can do is realize that there will come a point in time where you’ll be afraid, where you’ll want to give up. The best piece of advice I can give to you now is Don’t do it. By realizing that fear will come and telling yourself now that you’re not going to give into it, you set yourself up for future success.
The fear you face when looking at your dream is normal. How you respond to it is what sets you apart from everyone else. Don’t be afraid to do amazing things with your life.
What fears are holding you back?
What have you learned by journeying through your greatest fears?