It’s time to face it. Head on.
That’s right, you can run right at your fear.
Why do I know this? From firsthand experience.
Facing your fears helps you to develop resilience. And it leads you to amazing outcomes.
Once you face one fear and realize it is not strong enough to hold you back, you begin to realize you can face the next fear and the next fear and the next fear.
You build up confidence that these fears are unable to hold you back.
There’s the Bible story of a young shepherd named David who ended up in battle with his countrymen fighting an army who had a 9-foot tall giant named Goliath standing on the frontline challenging David and his fellow soldiers to come fight him.
David had such confidence that God would deliver him that, in the face of all fear, charged directly at Goliath – and killed the giant.
It might be one of the greatest underdog stories of all time, but the reason God put it in the Bible (you can read more about David in 1 Samuel 17) is to let us know that if it worked for David, it would work for us.
Simply put, face your “fearful giants” head-on and you won’t be disappointed!
When I was diagnosed with cancer, I asked God, “Why me?
I heard Him whisper back, “Why not you? Why not now?
You can overcome this Andrea, you are courageous, you are able to look fear in the face and do what you need to do. I have seen you do it before.”
Cancer was never my enemy. Fear was!
After being told I had a year to live, fear of dying came knocking at my door. I knew I needed to overcome fear first in order to overcome the actual disease.
I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, it was looking fear in the face and doing it anyway. Or as Kris Vallotton says, “Courage is fear that has said its prayers.”
I knew I needed to overcome fear first in order to overcome the actual disease. It actually feels good to face fear and tell it “no, not this time.”
You feel accomplished, you feel stronger than you thought, and it drives you to overcome the next fear by saying, “I see you, fear, but I also see my God and I will not be afraid.”
Ultimately, you’re saying, “fear, here I come, you better run.”
(Blog excerpts taken from my book I Am Resilient, Chapter 5)