There is no doubt that I have lots to learn. I mean LOTS! Bunches! Oodles! Mammoth proportions! You get the point.
Lately, I’ve been dealing with the thing of dreams and fear. I heard it said once that “a dream deferred does not equal a dream denied”. (Allow me to add a personal AMEN! right here.) The long windy journey called my life does actually have a point. I may not be able to clearly articulate said point but I know it’s going somewhere. Each of these twists and turns and delays are all perfectly orchestrated to shape me into who I’m supposed to be. And who is that? Well let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
I’m definitely a dreamer. In the past decade, I have traveled and had a wide range of experiences all in pursuit of one dream or another. At each turn and challenge, there has been an element of fear to overcome. Nothing has felt like this wall of fear that I currently face. Not really sure what to do with it.
I’ve been reading some interesting articles about Fear of Failure. Fear of failure is very real and it immobilizes. Here’s some food for thought that I’ve gathered:
- “He who never makes mistakes, never makes anything.” –English Porverb
- Failure is not a personality characteristic. Look at failure as an event, not a person.
- Stop seeing success as good and failure as bad. Failure is feedback, a learning experience.
- “It is the want of diligenc, rather than the want of means, that causes most failures.” –Alfred Mercies
- Consider the costs of missed opportunities.
- Burn the boats. When ancient Greek armies traveled across the sea to do battle, the first thing they did after landing was burn the boats, leaving them stranded. With no way to make it home besides victory, the resolve of the soldiers was stregthened.
I have yet to come to any grand conclusions, but I’m experiencing something I learned a while way ago”: I am free to do what I can do, and PRAYERFULLY handle what I cannot handle. At an appointed time, God will do in me what he has planned.
“Dreams that lack an element of fear require no faith and are not really dreams at all.” –Me