There was a season in my life where I realized I was growing in responsibilities and the stakes were getting more prominent in business. I don’t know if you have ever felt this way, but the duties of marriage, parenting and career can be overwhelming.
We try to advance in all areas of life equally, but our default usually is our career. As life levels up, we can become paralyzed by fear.
There is the fear of losing all we have worked for as well as the fear of doing anything to mess things up. So, when it comes to our creativity, we can take fewer risks because we have so much at stake.
Example, you could be a blogger who is finally making some money, and you have momentum. Your platform is strong, and you don’t want to rock the boat. You have a desire in your gut to live more authentically, but you’re scared to be yourself in fear of loss of connection, loss of belonging, acceptance, and love. It’s funny; we can build little empires we dreamt of one day only to find that they became a birdcage that owns and keeps us from flying.
My friend, here’s the deal. You’ll never change the world and lives in your home if you continue to play small.
You must be willing to punch fear in the face and overcome the lies you’re telling yourself. At the beginning of growing your company, your parenting and marriage you were a “professional diver”: you would keep climbing the high dives and jumping off without fear. At some point, you decided you didn’t want to lose anything that you have built, and you allowed fear to start running the show.
What would life look like if you started climbing and jumping again? What if you kept raising the height each time?
The successful entrepreneurs I encounter possess a discipline of being fearless. They have mastered getting over themselves standing in their own way. Becoming fearless is a colossal discipline to implement. Probably one of the biggest I know.
My take: Let me get personal on this one. Fear ran my life for a great many years. I eventually wrote a book on it called fear hunters because I wanted to help people get free so they could live their calling. My take on fear is this: God has placed me on this earth to accomplish an assignment and a mission. This mission I am carrying out happens to be in enemy territory, and I have an enemy doing everything possible to take me out. The enemies goal is to make me focus on my identity and who I am “not.” His job is to prosecute me and tear me down with counterfeit lies. He uses fear to keep me unproductive. If I’m productive, then I can help people in this world and show them God’s love.
Know this, the closer you move to your calling the greater interference you will encounter. It’s expected.
Today, you get to pick how your day is going to go. Fear can run you, or you can dismantle the lies with truth. You might be fearing a phone call with a client or vendor or a friend this week. What’s worse case scenario? What’s the truth? You fear the unknown and outcomes if you are “real” in your marriage, kids, and relationships. What if today you made small steps to overcoming your fear to grow in being truly who you are? Embrace failure as your best friend because it produces growth.
Perfect love casts out fear. Love yourself by being true to yourself and others. Otherwise, we run the risk of remaining a poser and faking life which is even harder work and takes way more energy. Develop the discipline of knowing how to dismantle fear because it isn’t going to go away anytime soon, but you can master not being run by it.
Danger will always be present in life, but fear is optional. To grow, we must overcome. To overcome, we must have the discipline of dealing with failure.
I’d love to hear from you below by answering this question: “What would I act on today if I knew I couldn’t fail?
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