Fear is my enemy. I’ve heard it said that I should keep my friends close & my enemies closer so I like to study my opponent any chance I get. I discovered something about fear this morning that I never realized. It turns out that fear can be your loudest cheerleader if that’s what it takes!
If I asked you what fear whispers to you our answers would, no doubt, be similar:
-Who are you to do that?
-What will your friends & family think if you attempted that?
-You have failed every time you’ve tried that before?
-You’ll do that one day. Now’s just not the right time.
Oh, yes, Fear can be a bully! Read the rest of this entry
Audacious: Bold; Daring; Marked by originality & verve
I don’t think I struggle with fear near as much as I do laziness. I came to this realization about myself this morning so the weight of it is still sinking in.
There is an advantage to hiding behind fear…people excuse you because they can relate and now you have something in common to talk about. Giving fear too much credit however, is a slippery slope. The problem, of course, is that when you blame Fear for your lack, you’ve just given it tremendous power.
This morning I dropped my fears to the side and wrote down some Audacious goals in my journal. I mean just downright silly stuff! It was fun and freeing.
As a Christian I’ve always struggled with Ambition & Success. Read the rest of this entry
20 Days ago I embarked on a 24 day challenge called the Start Experiment. I set a goal:
My risk: Identify a child in my area who is struggling with obesity and is willing to take action towards better health. I will also identify a personal trainer & a nutritionist who are willing to walk alongside this child (family) for 90 days. Pretty simple.
Each day at 5am I’ve been getting an email from Jon Acuff with a very brief & doable task to help me in getting my risk accomplished. I realized this morning, however, that I’ve taken my eyes off of my risk and had my gaze shifted towards getting each daily assignment finished instead. Have you ever done that?
I had sacrificed the important on the altar of the urgent.
Here’s a quick exercise I encourage you to do if you feel like you’re not making progress toward whatever your goal is.
1.Write your goal down
2. Break it down into segments
3. Set a deadline
4. Make it Public
5. Take 1 Deliberate step EVERY day:
A rule of my life is to never challenge others with what I’m not willing to do myself. Here is my Plan with only 4 days left:
1.WRITE YOUR GOAL DOWN:
-Help a child struggling with childhood obesity over the next 90 days.
2. BREAK IT DOWN INTO SEGMENTS-
– Speak to the personal trainer
-Contact the child/family I’ve selected
-Set up a first meeting with me, the nutritionist, the personal trainer & the family of the child.
3. SET A DEADLINE:
-Wednesday, August 7th, 2013
4. MAKE IT PUBLIC:
-Um…thanks for reading my blog LOL
5. TAKE 1 DELIBERATE STEP EVERY DAY:
-Call a few personal trainers to see if & how they are willing to participate.
Friends, don’t beat yourself up 1 minute longer. I encourage you to take deliberate action towards making your dream a reality today by applying the 5 steps above.
Together, we will change the world!!!
What’s your risk? Share it below and go public today!!
Whenever I was accepted, I feared losing it.
Fear is a Liar.
When I was a young man, I always feared being unloved.
When I finally had someone’s hand to hold I feared they’d pull it away.
Fear is a Thief.
As a married man with 6 children, I fear I am not being enough for them.
When my bride assures me that I am enough I dismiss her words and dwell instead on what I know I could be if I just tried harder.
Fear says you’re not enough.
I’d love to be able to wrap this post up with a nice, little bow of reconciliation about how I conquered fear once and for all, but that wouldn’t be honest. I think it’s always gonna’ be there in some way. 38 years and counting so far…
I think of this question often: Without fear, what kind of plot would there be in my story anyway? It certainly wouldn’t be a book worth reading!
I’ve found a bit of relief in these words:
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
I’m pretty certain that the best I can do today is to decide to be brave once more.
To show courage when fear whispers and take just one more shaky step forward.
And in so doing, punch Fear full in the face!
Where is fear telling you not to go?
What’s 1 step you can take toward that place today?