Let me introduce you to my friend and fellow blogger Robert Macy Thompson, who wrote the following post to challenge and encourage you to move beyond your fears. You can connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or through his website: www.robertmacy.me. Also, be sure to check out his newly released book From Fatherless to Fulfilled (I already ordered mine!).
Few things in life feel worse than a missed opportunity. Oftentimes the sting of what could have been haunts us more than failure itself.
I can remember having a crush on a girl in college, but being terrified to even talk to her. I shared my fear with one of my buddies and he told me something that his dad shared with him. To this day, I still remember what he said.
"I've never known a scared man to get anything."
Those words woke me up like a cold shower in the dead of winter. If I waited until I wasn't afraid to do anything, then I would never accomplish anything significant.
I moved past my fear to tell the girl that I was interested. She turned me down.
But hey, at least I stepped out to try!
There have been times in other situations where my fear has gotten the better of me and I did nothing.
I'm convinced that every time I let that happen, allowing fear to keep me from stepping out to try something I feel in my heart to do, a little part of me dies. It dies because we were created by a Creator with desires to create the things He's placed in our hearts and minds to do. If we let fear win, then we're not really living. We're dying.
That's why I can't let fear stop me, and that's why I don't want you to let fear stop you either. The world is longing for people that are truly living.
I recently had an opportunity to put this into practice again as I was preparing to release a book I wrote on how I overcame the obstacles I faced from growing up without a father (Click here to receive a digital copy for whatever you want to pay).
The final edits were complete, the formatting was done, and the cover art was all set. The only thing left to do was hit the button on my computer to submit it for publishing, but I couldn't do it. I was scared.
Through that experience, I created an acrostic that helped me to B.L.A.S.T past that paralyzing fear so I could really live. I want to share that acrostic with you in hopes that it will help you to B.L.A.S.T past any fears holding you back from really living.
Be prepared. Learn how you respond to fear before it comes. Some people lash out when they're afraid. Others withdraw. Knowing how you respond to fear will help you identify it when it's present so you're not surprised.
Look directly at the fear you're facing to identify it specifically. What type of fear is it? Is it a fear of rejection? Is it a fear of failure? This can take some serious introspection, but you need to know this specifically so you can address it specifically. I was dealing with a fear of failure as I was preparing to release my book.
Acknowledge the message that the fear is communicating. Specific fears say specific things. A fear of rejection says that you shouldn't reveal who you really are because other people will reject you. The fear of failure I was experiencing was saying that people might not like my book. That they would think the content is stupid and that I would be a failure. Recognizing the message behind the fear will give you the road map to challenge it.
Speak specific words to challenge the specific message that your fear is communicating. The specific words I challenged my fear of rejection with was, "Some people may like the book. Others may not. Regardless, other people's opinions of what I wrote does not have the power to define me as a success or failure."
Take an action step to move past your fears. As you B.L.A.S.T. past your fears, you might have to do it scared. Do it anyway. I hit the submit button on my computer, and as a result I am getting to see how God is using what I wrote to bless others. That's something I would have never seen had I let fear hold me back.
It's time to blast past your fear and really live! I'd love to hear from you. What dreams are in your heart that you're working on? How are you blasting past fears that are trying to keep you from really living? Respond to this post or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org