May 25, 2017

Conquering Our Fears

Fear can be debilitating. It can keep us up at night and block our ability to experience joy and peace. Fear can be helpful if we face a dangerous situation
and need to fight or flee, but not in everyday life.

I have an acronym for F.E.A.R.

False

Evidence

Appearing

Real

So many times in our life we allow fear to run our lives and there is not sufficient evidence for its existence. Here are some common areas that can cause
fear:

  • Future
  • Health
  • Leadership changes
  • Difficult conversations with family, co-workers and friends to resolve issues
  • Worldwide disasters
  • Failure
  • Career changes
  • Safety of our Family

We often associate fear in these areas because of our history and negative experiences. Or the voice of a scoffer or critic can sway us towards doubt or
fear. I know we have heard that “history repeats itself”, but the Spanish-American philosopher, George Santayana said: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”. That’s it! We need to remember and learn from our past mistakes and the mistakes of others but we do not have to repeat them. In fact – if we do learn
from our past failures we are prepared to conquer our challenges when they arise.

I like to overcome fear with four powerful approaches:

  1. Look into my past and see what lessons I have learned from my past mistakes. For my large mistakes, I keep a “Disaster Report” in my journal that contains
    the insights and lessons I learned in my past failure.
  1. Pray and seeks God’s guidance. I find he is very helpful in helping me to attack my fear with faith and many times he assists in producing the solution.
    Here is one of my favorite fear fighting Scriptures: “for God gave us not a spirit of fear but of power and love and a self-control.” 2 Timothy
    1:7 One translation says: “power, love and a sound mind”. My recommendation is when fear strikes we confront it with faith. As we confront fear
    we remove its debilitating properties. Then we can address our challenges with power, love and a sound mind for the greatest possible outcome.
  1. Seek the counsel of others. Add the expertise of others to your situation.
  1. Make decisions and move forward. Faith overcomes fear when we combine it with action.

Let’s disable our fears, be people of faith and move forward,

Coach Greg