Have you ever wanted to do something, but you were afraid and it kept you from moving forward in the direction you desired? Well, so have I. It’s not a good feeling being afraid; nor is it a good feeling to not move forward because of it.
How has fear held you back? How has fear showed up in your life and reminded you that you’re going nowhere real fast? How did that feel for you?
I remember a time my husband and I had plans to go Ziplining. Just to see the picture above reminds me of the fear I felt that day. When we arrived in the area, the evening before our scheduled encounter, we went by to make sure we were in the right place. On ground, we looked up and it didn’t look bad at all. So we left and headed for dinner, before going to the hotel and getting a good night’s rest.
The day arrived! We got there and went through all the preliminary preparations before the actual “zipping”. Well, let me tell you. When that time came, I wish I had went, lol.
As you look at the picture above, from the ground, it doesn’t look too high at all, does it? That’s what we thought! Well, let me tell you. As we began to climb those curvy stairs, I didn’t know if I should look up to the next step to climb or look down from where I came from. I felt stuck. I didn’t want to continue climbing up (I had a terrible fear of height), yet I was terrified to look down as it reminded me of how high I was (you could see right through the steps to the ground).
Finally, we made it to the top. Whew! And I thought that was the battle. No sir buddy. Now comes the tough part. We watched the training below on ground, but it was nothing like zipping from pole to pole way high above the ground. I’m having heart palpitations right now remembering this. And I’m pretty sure if I had to do it again tomorrow I would go through the same thing again, maybe not as bad, but the same process non-the-less.
Let’s be clear, I was most definitely FACING a fear!
It took me a minute, quite a few minutes to be honest, to sit in place and release the fear and let happen what could happen if I just “felt the fear and took action anyway”. I was holding up the line as everyone was so patient and encouraging me along. My dear husband was terrified for me but knew this was something I needed to work through.
I can’t tell you how scared I was. Scared for my life. And this wasn’t something mandatory I had to do. This was something I was choosing to do. It was a test. A testimony. If I could do this, what else could I not do? This was truly a test of my faith. We still talk about this adventure to this day and what it did for us.
I say this to encourage you for what’s in front of you that you might be afraid to do. You will figure out what you need to do to work through the fear and get you to where you desire to be. You can do this. What’s on the other side of your fear? What could be next for you? What door could be opening? Keep moving forward.
You CAN feel the fear and still take the action necessary to move you in a positive direction and feel good about it. You got this! Now get moving!
Let me know what your fear is below and what you are doing to move forward. Go ahead, feel it and move anyway!