(This is part of the 7 Steps To Accomplish A Dream Series)
The next step in the process is to call out fear in your life. Fear is just a bully that once it’s called out no longer has power over you.
It’s been said that fear is “False Evidence Appearing Real.” If it’s a big dream then you’re probably going to have some fear involved. Fear is not necessarily a bad thing in your life. Fear can keep you from doing something dumb. On the other hand, fear left unchecked will immobilize you. The best thing to do with fear is to use it to your advantage. This is done by asking the right questions and making the right plans.
When I was preparing to apply for my Master’s degree I caught myself having second thoughts. The reason I started having second thoughts is because I almost let my fears overtake me. I began to think I wasn’t smart enough to do it. It would require taking Hebrew and Greek languages. I decided that it would definitely be hard, but not impossible.
Fear must be dealt with and overcome in your life if you’re going to move forward.
One of the best things to do is to take the time and write down your fears. If you acknowledge your fears, then they no longer have permission to hide in your life.
After writing your fears down, take a moment and look over them. How many of them are actually legitimate? I suspect most of them are fears that may not be real or simply out of your control.
Once you have them written down you can separate them into two categories. The first is a fear that is not legitimate. My fear of not being smart enough was not a legitimate fear. Reality says if I can graduate from high school and college, then I can complete a Master’s of Divinity.
The second category is a fear that might really be an obstacle needing to be overcome. One fear that I had was not having an income or a place to live. This was a legitimate fear, but it was really just an obstacle waiting to be overcome.
In the next post we will work through potential obstacles to our dreams.