"What are your greatest fears? I ask not to bring fear upon you. I ask so you can identify and acknowledge the fears in your life. Once we’ve got that information our fears lose their power and become our project."
Are we required to keep a list of greatest fears? Can we simply live each day free of great fear?
J, thanks for the questions. Most days I do live free of great fear. I acknowledge it though when it shows up, call it what it is and choose courage. Fear is a tricky one. I do think it exists in certain areas of all of us. I also think it lies dormant much of the time. It’s in moments of uncertainty and high leverage that it reveals itself most. Those are my personal thoughts on the matter. Relentless courage in the face of success for me is not required all the time, just when the stakes are highest. I choose relentless courage as a tool to overcome those fears. I have to in order to closer approach my full potential. Fear without courage leads to complacency. For me complacency leads to the bottle. God willing, I won’t go there again.
There is a balance between fear and courage that can be called peace. As we move towards our fears, it requires more courage to live there. While we’re not required to keep a list of our greatest fears, it seems the more information we have about ourselves the better. It comes down to asking good questions. If we don’t identify and acknowledge what we’re afraid of, how to we grow and develop courage in the face of our fears.
Just because we fear something doesn’t mean we shouldn’t go there; it just means we don’t want to. Sometimes it’s good to stay but most often I’d say it’s good to go. Courage can’t grow without the balance of fear. Courage can’t grow without leaning into our fears and pushing our limits even though we know it’s not going to be comfortable.
Are we required to keep a list of greatest fears? No, but it helps to identify what they are so we can prepare ourselves and live with courage in the face of fear.
Can we simply live each day free of great fear? Yes. We can live there in one of two ways. We can not do the things that scare us and stay where we are. We can press into the fears we’ve identified and live with relentless courage.
Relentless Courage in the face of success. Right now, for me, living with relentless courage in the face of success means 1. Bringing attention to God’s name and grace. 2. Helping people who are experiencing or have experienced alcohol abuse and addiction. 3. Helping people develop a way of being that looks to grow and improve every single day.
So, I’ll leave you with this. What are your greatest fears? I ask not to bring fear upon you. I ask so you can identify and acknowledge the fears in your life. Once we’ve got that information our fears lose their power and become our project. Live with Relentless Courage – Peace!