Each time in my life that I have embarked to start a new endeavor there is at some point in the beginning a moment where I feel a cold chilling sting. This sting I am referring to is the fear of failure. Perhaps some of you reading this have never had that problem, and you just go from one business to the next with your chest out conquering the world. This article is NOT for you. There are many people that experience the fear of failure at one point or another in their lives, and some people live with it indefinitely. This article IS for you.
If you do not take
ownership of and conquer your fear early on it will debilitate you
causing your biggest fears to become a reality. There are a few short
truths that I am about to share with you to aid you in your quest of
conquering fear. First, you have to accept the fact that Fear is a
spirit as the Bible states in 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God did not give us a
spirit of fear, but a spirit of power, of love and of a sound mind.” The
opposite of fear is faith which is also a spirit. In fact, one could
define fear as the expectation of something bad whereas faith could be
defined as the expectation of something good.
That is an over
simplified definition of either term, but let me explain. One individual
may be afraid of dogs and when meeting a new dog, is afraid because
they are expecting to be bitten, whereas another individual who loves
dogs, has faith that the dog will be friendly. You see? Your fear of
failure isn’t that you are failing now. It is from the expectation or at
least a concern that you will fail, and the fact of the matter is that
fear and faith being spirits cannot coexist in the same vessel. You will
be in submission to one or the other.
I realize that all of that
was deep but the way to cure your fear isn’t deep at all. The thing
that cures fear is simple…ACTION cures fear. Whatever you are afraid of,
do that thing over and over and you will no longer be afraid of it. If
you have a fear of failure then go to work and work hard until the fear
goes away. In this case your success would chase fear away. Whichever
spirit you submit to will determine the outcome of your expectations.
Faith is God’s activator and fear is Satan’s activator. Which one will