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What can you do to keep fear from holding you back from pursuing your dreams, goals or doing something significant?

We’ve all had times that fear kept us from doing something that makes a difference.

When you are doing something that matters, it’s normal to feel fear.

Get Connected

In dealing with fear, it’s helpful to consistently connect with people who are so passionate about what they are doing that they choose to take action in spite of being afraid.

The connection helps you to prevent being slowed down by doubts, discouragement and fears such as:

• “I don’t have what it takes.”
• “It’s going to be too uncomfortable.”
• “They’ll find out that I’m really not capable.”
• “I have nothing new to say.”

Courage is contagious when you regularly connect with people who are taking risks.

People who don’t allow doubt, discouragement or fears to keep them from something significant.

Make Friends with Fear

Have your actions ever shown that it’s not “okay” to fear?

I know that mine do!

Such as…

• numbing the fear
• running from fear
• playing it safe to keep from fear

It’s understandable that we don’t want fear to grow.

Yet, acknowledging the fear without any judgment can actually be a more effective solution.

It’s okay to be afraid.

It doesn’t mean that you are not a strong Christian, or that something is wrong with you.

Fear is normal.

When I don’t face my fears:

• The fears grow
• I rely more on myself
• My view of God shrinks

When God is calling me to do something that’s uncomfortable, I am going to feel some fear.

Trust God’s Ability

In the middle of feeling fear or resistance, I don’t always recognize that it could be God wooing me to take a step of faith.

That awareness typically comes later for me.

Fear can be signal that God’s calling you to do something that you can’t do on your own.

You know that if He doesn’t come through, you will fail without His help.

Many times when God has called me to do something significant, I’ve had to choose to:

• Not “play it safe”
• Not run from fear.
• Not numb fear.

Moving forward while afraid proves what I believe about God.

He’s worth the risk.

Question: Where do you sense that God is calling you to take a step of faith? You can answer in the comments below.