After speaking to a friend of mine, I was reminded just how much fear was impacting my progress in life.
You see years of pulling myself down had taken its toll on how I interacted with people and what I thought or felt I could say or do. It also made me build a self-limiting wall, guarding me against anything that might want to shake me out of the comfort of not speaking out.
Here’s an example:
I can be very opinionated within my quarters (my safety place among people that I know and are comfortable with). However, take me out of that scenario and I become an observer. Even if I want to contribute to a discussion, voice my opinion or thoughts on a particular topic, or speak out regarding something I may not agree with, I still find myself shrivelling back in fear.
There have been a number of times I have wanted to tweet something and then at the last minute just as I’m about to hit tweet, I delete it and forget about it for fear of rubbing people up the wrong way.
I then justify my actions by saying “I probably wouldn’t have made that much of an impact anyway”. What difference can a drop make in an ocean, right?
Yet, there lies the problem, the fact that I keep feeling that my ‘little’ can’t make that much of a difference, or my voice shouldn’t be heard. On top of that, I really don’t want to have to feel the pain of rejection (rejection of not being accepted or understood).
Nevertheless the truth, which my friend reiterated is that I would never truly be free until I stopped worrying about insignificant nothings.
I need to constantly remind myself of why I’m doing this and not lose focus and be distracted by the cripples of fear.
I need to forget about how I will be perceived or whether or not people will understand me, because no matter how small, I have a platform to impact people’s lives for the better.
So what is it that you're afraid of?”
Pause. Think about it, and when you’ve got the answer, then ‘Just do it’.
Do the very thing that makes you quake in your boots, because no matter how scared you may feel at the time, that action will very likely make a much bigger impact than you can imagine; leaving you wondering why you didn’t make moves a lot sooner.
God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, love & a sound mind (2 Tim 1:7), so I WILL speak out when & where necessary.
Please watch the video below where I VOICE my opinion on a particular issue that i’m passionate about, and let me know what you think.
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