This year I started taking a course to get a specific certification in an area of practice I’ve been doing for a very long time and enjoy very much. Just because you’ve done something for a very long time doesn’t always mean you’re doing it well, or that you can’t learn something to help sharpen your skills. It was for this reason I decided I wanted to invest some time, renewing my skills in that particular area. So, why is it, that even when we take on something we know we’re passionate about, and even have a fair amount of skill development in, that there is often still that little lurking fear that says, “What if you find out you don’t really do this that well”? Fear is something you will experience each time you try something new, like a new job or a new relationship or a new investment strategy. The truth is, you will never succeed at something if you keep giving in to fear.
The corporate world risks failure every time they launch another product. The fashion world risks failure with each new clothing line. Yet, they’re willing to take multi-million dollar risks to improve their merchandise and boost their sales. Do they always win? No, but without taking risks they’ve no chance of succeeding at all. The poet wrote, “There was a very cautious man who never laughed or played; he never risk, he never tried, he never sang or prayed. And when one day he passed away, his insurance was denied, for since he never really lived, they claimed he never died!”
The fact is, we all fail at something, at sometime and in some way. But, that doesn’t mean you have to live with the fear of failure. Faith in God is what gives you the courage to confront your fears and live the life He meant you to live. If you don’t you’ll suffer the fear of, “what could have been.” You’ll never be perfect, so you’ll never be perfectly successful. That doesn’t mean you will not succeed in life – but you must try. Fear is a “spirit” and if you let it, it will control you. God offers us three better options, “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” 2 Timothy 1:7. So, don’t give in to it! Rather, receive God’s power, love and a sound mind for your future. Let’s go for it!