That Damn “F Word”
By this time, you know I’m pretty candid with my words, and this nasty little four letter “f word” isn’t off limits in my vocabulary. In fact, I feel like it’s a necessity when I’m uncovering who I am and who I want to be. FEAR.
Why is this word so taboo, yet that other four letter “f word” is standard English these days? Being human, not a day goes by where I’m not afraid. I believe that our deepest fears is not that we’re insufficient, but that we are actually powerful beyond measure. It’s our strengths not our weaknesses that scare us most. It’s easier to live with what I know rather than risk something unknown, which could enhance life. We ask ourselves, who am I to be talented or gifted in anything, but the larger question is: Who are you not to be? You aren’t serving the world if you aren’t fulfilling your purpose. When you follow fear instead of your inner voice because it’s safe and easy, you’re insulting God…HE is that inner voice you are neglecting.
As a wife, mom, entrepreneur, friend and so much more, my mind overflows with apprehensions of judgement, failure, and second guessing myself. I’m scared
- my best won’t be good enough;
- of losing control of the situations in my life;
- of loving without reservations;
- of making the right decisions;
- of what others might think of me
But what if I just let go and let life lead the dance? Acknowledging my fear is one of my biggest powers. No longer will it suppress my curiosities and dreams, because I’m taking a stand. Now, when I’m fearful, I can say: Fear, I know you’re there, but I’m doing this anyway. You can decide to pester the shit out of me, or you can come along for the ride. I won’t let you control my purpose any longer, so get on or off the bus. I’m telling you, it has changed who I am. Acknowledge your fear, and it will become afraid of you.
Look, feeling scared or nervous doesn’t mean you aren’t good enough to do what you’re trying to accomplish. Actually, it probably means you’re doing exactly what you should be doing. Life isn’t about being perfect. Nor does it require you to be fearless and without self-doubt, but it does require you to show up and play. You see, although society is really good at convincing us we can’t do things, don’t believe it. Stay encouraged, work hard and let your fear propel you into greatness.
How will you be remembered?