“The best things in life are on the other side
of your maximum fear.” – Will Smith
Fear// a: an unpleasant often strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger b: (1) : an instance of this emotion (2) : a state marked by this emotion
Why are we so afraid? Honestly, it seems like the human existence is masked with a daily dose of fear. We’re afraid of heights, roaches, getting our hearts broken, applying for that job, getting rejected, etc. We hold on to the these fears so much that it’s hard for us to move forward in our lives because of the negative things we believe could happen. When we do this, we’re telling God that our fears are greater than the faith He’s asked us to have in Him. The crazy part about fear is the fact that it’s really all in our head. Can you imagine that a figment of our imagination is the thing that’s hindering us from living in greatness? Take this video clip of Will Smith jumping out of a plane.
Will talks about the fears he felt the night before going sky diving. Most of the fears where based on his imagination because he’s nowhere near a plane. He’s not even face to face with the thing he’s so afraid of. When he finally gets off the plane, he realized it was nothing like he imagined. He also goes to point out that the best things in life are at the maximum point of your fear.
This really inspired me because I realize that all the things I was so afraid of were based on things that were not even real. I remember being so afraid to graduate because I may not find my dream job. Or being afraid to fall in love because of fear of being heartbroken. How many times in our lives do we let things that have not occurred to determine or future?
I always wondered why the bible quotes “Do not fear” 365 times. I’ve come to the realization that it’s because of our human tendencies to live in fear. As children of God, we are free from the bondage of fear and it is critical to our growth that we live in that freedom. Imagine, the creator of the universe gave you the keys to open and create opportunities and you refuse to move due to your “fears.” Insane right? How many doors have we refused to knock on because of fear? One day, as I was laying in my bed listening to music, I realized how terrible my life would be if I continue to live in fear. It’s basically like watching my life slip away. I’m very big on living my best life and how can I do that if I’m afraid to live?
“The sky is just the beginning.” – Odia Kalala Shembo
So today, I’m making a conscious effort to go even when I feel afraid to move. I refuse to live in the shadows of fear when God has lifted me up into the light. Are you ready to stop living in fear? Join me in the challenge to live on the other side of fear.
Here’s How I Plan To Live In Faith To Counter My Fears:
- Spend More Time With God: I find that I am most afraid when I feel far away from God. I’m working on trusting him more in the moments when I don’t feel so strong. He is my strength and I need him more than ever as I take on this journey called life.
- Take The Time To Better My Skills: My professor told me success occurs when preparation meets opportunity. Sometimes our fears are because we know we are not qualified so instead of leveling up, we sit down. When I saw the jobs I was interested in required a Masters Degree, I leveled up and applied for my masters program. Don’t sit out when you can find opportunities to better yourself. Even if you don’t have resources, find out how you can get funds. I applied to multiple scholarships that went towards my education. There are opportunities out there, you just have to find them!
- Protect My Mind and Heart: Everyone should not have access to your innermost part. Your mind and heart are the wellspring of life. You must do what you can to protect your mind. Seek counsel from someone who is where you want to be rather than advice from just anyone because not every information is necessary for you to digest. Especially when it’s given at a sensitive time.
- Just Do It: One of the main reason’s I love Nike and hope to partner with them in the future is because of their slogan. You have to just do it. Go for it and if you fall, stand up and keep going.
In this month of August, I’m going to consciously practice these four things in my daily life. I refuse to be bound by fear any more.
I hope you found this blog insightful and I hope you use these tips to reflect and become a better version of yourself. What are you thoughts and experiences with fear in your life? Thanks for reading beauties! Until next time, you can keep up with me on Instagram @iam_Deborah.