“F-E-A-R has two meanings: ‘Forget Everything And Run’ or ‘Face Everything And Rise.’ The choice is yours.” Zig Ziglar
The idea presented demonstrates what we often think about concerning fear. Fear causes us to do what we would not normally do and hinders us from doing what we should do.
Fear is a powerful motivator, but how do we channel this emotion in ways that will harness its power to move us to rise instead of run?
1. Recognize what we fear. Are we afraid of failure or success? Do we fear rejection or acceptance? Is it the known or the unknown that causes us to be afraid?
2. Have the right expectations. Expecting perfection creates a fear of falling short. Expecting the least leaves us with the fear of being overwhelmed. Proper expectations strengthen us.
3. Seek healthy communication. At its height is when fear needs to discussed. Talk with those who can help deal appropriately with our fear and guide us in overcoming it.
4. Remember God is our ally. Knowing who God is, and that He fights for us to win each battle, minimizes fear.