I’m feeling grateful for all the amazing loved ones in my life. Life would be incredibly boring and meaningless without my global “family” (and my own family of course!) and covenant friendships. This day, in the middle of my work day, I find myself reflecting on how it takes a real mastery over your fears to realize your dreams and vision and go to the next level, a level that is beyond your capabilities and imagination.
I feel encouraged by John Maxwell’s reminder that fear is the price of moving forward especially when you’re pioneering and no one has gone before you to pave the way. I like what he says about the burning desire that overcomes the fear. I agree. That burning deep-calls-to-deep bonfire of the heart is a God-given indicator of what you were made for… the passion I have is to eradicate poverty, to help orphans, women and children at risk, trafficking victims through social enterprises and other sustainable social services.
Have you thought of lately what you were destined for? Are you living that out? If not, what’s stopping you?
Here are some tidbits from Maxwell’s blog:
Accept fear as the price of progress
“As long as I continue to push out into the world,” said Susan Jeffers, “as long as I continue to stretch my capabilities, as long as I continue to take risks in making my dreams come true, I am going to experience fear.”
To do anything of value, we have to take risks. And with risk comes fear. If we accept it as the price of progress, then we can take appropriate risks that yield great reward.
Develop a burning desire that overcomes fear
Sometimes the best way to fight fear is to focus on our reason for confronting it. Is it bigger than the fear? The firefighter runs into the burning building not because he’s fearless, but because he has a calling that is more important than the fear.
The person afraid of flying decides to confront it not because the fear has vanished, but because a meeting with a new grandchild awaits at the end of the flight.