Have you noticed that God will place things on your heart that are bigger than you? You feel overwhelmed because you’re not sure how to accomplish the task. The tendency is to procrastinate because doing something new is scary. –But, if you never step forward in it, you’ll never realize how strong you really are. If you run in the opposite direction, you will truly fail to discover the treasure of possibilities that were destined for your life.
You see, you were designed to overcome obstacles, not play in the safe zone forever. “Safe zone thinking” leaves us with a boring, unfulfilled life that subsequently causes limited growth. Safe zone thinking prevents us from discovering and developing new areas of strength. When we can make steps towards doing the “hard” task, we will make way to grow in a whole new area, creating fresh confidence and bolstering our capacity.
One of my biggest fears was having to speak in front of people. I was the person that kept to myself. I was fine in one-on-one settings and even small groups, but speaking in front of a crowd was like climbing Mount Everest. Too hard… Frightening… Scary… I didn’t want the extra attention or spotlight. How did I overcome my fear? Bottom line was I had to “just do it”. But also, I had to assess a few thoughts.
Why does this make me afraid?
What will happen if I confront my fear?
Will this be the end of me or is this an opportunity to be stretched?
Am I willing to let go of my fear?
Since it wasn’t going to kill me, I made steps towards preparation. I made sure I had my notes in front of me and just went for it. I also took a public speaking class. What is it that you can do to help you reach your objective?
It was vital that I overcome my fear and by the grace of God, I did just that. The more I stood to speak the better I got. The more I did what I feared, the more confidence was built within me. It provided new building blocks by which I could grow. That’s really how we can make steps towards conquering our fears… Face them and don’t allow excuses to hold us back.
Embrace opportunities for growth. It’s a part of our experiencing life. After all, you are powerful! You were made for this! You have skills and giftings that are meant to be shared and expressed. You have dreams that were deposited in you because you have the potential to accomplish it.
Though it would be great if everything could be laid out for us, usually that’s not how it works. A good portion of our growth and development is searching it out. –Just doing it!!! It gives you the opportunity to learn and investigate as you’re sorting through it. You don’t have to let fear petrify you any longer. Make the effort to do what God is telling you and know that He’s right there with you. He will highlight the details for you and send the connections, but you have to be willing to step forward to take the brave steps He shows you.