The Power of Fear -What is Stopping You?
Fear often stops us in our tracks and not only attacks our potential but aims to cut off our purpose. Although fear can be our friend that warns us of impending danger, more often it is an enemy that attacks through our assumptions, beliefs, thoughts, and of course, the unknown road ahead.
It tells us not to move forward without evidence, that danger truly exists or will overtake us. It gives us that queasy feeling that something is not right or is strange.
Fear is that anxiety or unpleasant feeling we have when we anticipate something that we perceive as danger or discomfort. It is anything we sense as an attack to our comfort, safety, or control. Fear-motivated thoughts are all about “I can’t,” “I’m not able,” and “I’m not good enough.” While we certainly have healthy fears or certain phobias of the things, people, or situations in our path, more often we fear the negative thing we will experience because of that thing, person, or situation in our path.
Our fears stem from our anticipation of something happening. We anticipate negative and terrible things that might happen or things we have heard about, seen through the media, or read. Fear makes us think that something bad or negative will take place, when the truth is we don’t know what is going to happen. Most of us have not been insulted or booed in front of a stage audience, but that does not stop us from going into a panic if we are called to give a lecture in front of thousands.
Often we avoid saying our true feelings to someone because we fear the anticipation of the person saying something negative or rejecting us, so we keep silent. We avoid taking a risk to try a new project or pushing ourselves out of our comfort zone because we anticipate that we might fail and feel like a loser or failure. We avoid looking deeper into those wounded areas of our lives that we prefer not to touch because we anticipate that God’s probing hand will cause more pain instead of removing it.
Fear is always designed to offer a false sense of safety and comfort. It gives the impression that if we stay away from whatever that perceived fear is, then we will be all right, safe and pain-free. The catch is that in that false safety there is also limitation, discontentment, and limited growth. Fear has no wisdom and fear has no truth.
Be encouraged, it’s a journey not a destination.
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