Quiet Your Fears
We all have fears. We are hardwired with fear so we can protect ourselves from danger, from threats around us. But in our normal day to day, these fears can even consume thoughts when we are “safe”, and can drive behavior if we are not careful. Rarely do people choose to think negatively or seek out fearful thoughts, but we all struggle with it. The best tactic is to notice the thoughts, and then choose not to believe or entertain them (to simply convince yourself they are untrue).
Think of something that scares you. Maybe it’s speaking in public and sounding stupid, or having a serious conversation with someone about a conflict, or putting yourself out there and giving 100% effort knowing you may fail. Then look at it from the angle of what’s the worst that could happen? What is the actual danger in the situation? It probably isn’t actually so bad.
Author and leader Jon Gordon wrote that fear and faith are similar in that they are both about a future that hasn’t happened yet. The difference is that fear believes in a negative future and faith believes in a positive future. Why not choose to believe that positive things will happen in your life when you try things that may feel scary? Check your fears and lean into faith… you will stretch your comfort zone, grow more, and learn a lot about yourself!
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