Personal Growth

Do it Afraid – Looking at the Fear That Plagues Us

June 10, 2015

 

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I’m working on a new project, and everyday, even on a good day, I feel fear nagging at my belly and nibbling at my courage.

It jumbles my thoughts, and drifts my visions into the not so courageous category. Into Easier, less risky, guaranteed to please… and work.

Fear really brings a lot of clutter into our heads, have you noticed this? The stupid chatterbox just never shuts up!

It’s the flashing light which catches our eye and flip-flops our attention and intentions. It’s a flat path that lures us down it’s lazy, easy stretch, “this way is easier.” It’s the puddle which we choose to skip over rather than the lake which we know we need to paddle through. It’s also busyness, tiredness, and kids. They are great places to hide!

Fear makes us feel dusty, old, tedious, and pitted. It’s worse than a hacking cough.

It steals our life, if we let it.

But here’s one thing I’ve learned from experience and observation – we don’t have to let fear steal or direct our lives.

If we have a clear grasp on where we want to go in life and the dogged perseverance to keep moving forward, we are able to notice fear’s presence but still DO the things that change us and help others.

I believe if we are doing courageous work (this looks different for everyone) fear will always be drifting around (its the villain!). But we can keep it distant if we routinely DO our courageous work anyway. When we stop, and question, and waffle, and waver, and second guess, fear catches up and throws its webbing over our spirits. Than we move slow, hesitant and afraid.

So, don’t stop!

Fear doesn’t like movement and it has a much harder time entangling us as we continually leap into brave work.

BUT, we have to leap while we are still afraid. “Do it afraid,” I recently heard Jeff Goins say on his podcast about fear and creativity (a great listen btw!).

Fear is part of the picture but not the whole picture. It’s part of any great story, but it doesn’t have to dictate the type of story we choose to live, or the role we play in our story. We get to choose our role and our storyline, even with fear in the picture.

Bravery in the midst of fear, purpose in the midst of clamor and chaos, soul and passion in the midst of lifeless-ness. This my friends is what we desire and admire. This is a wholehearted life!

Question:

Has fear been dictating aspects of your creativity and life? Has it pulled you away from that brave thing you know in your heart you need to do? This is a reminder for me and you… DO IT AFRAID!

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15 Comments

  • Reply Donna Yates June 11, 2015 at 9:24 am

    I agree Claudia. So many times I’ve let fear rob me of great accomplishment, joy, etc. I try so hard not to let it get to me, but unfortunately I’ve given in too many times. I always hate myself afterwards. Still working on it and have made progress occasionally. One step forward as they say. Thanks for the post.

    • Reply Claudia Good June 11, 2015 at 10:45 am

      Donna,
      I find the less I do, the more afraid I become!

      You are a courageous lady, blessings as you continue to step out!

  • Reply Ann Musico June 11, 2015 at 9:30 am

    That was something I heard Joyce Meyer teach on and say being afraid is not a problem, only if the fear keeps you from doing what God calls you to do – then it’s a problem – so do it afraid! I totally agree and yes, fear has definitely won out more than I’d like to admit – but like Donna – I am working on it day by day.

    • Reply Claudia Good June 11, 2015 at 10:43 am

      Yes Ann, I saw some of Joyce’s book on fear. I haven’t read them, but they sound great!

      I bet you would enjoy Jeff’s podcast. it’s about writing and creative marketing, making a difference etc. Andy Traub is the host. 48 days people 😉

      Fear has won out with all of us, it’s your perseverance to keep moving forward that is so beautiful Ann!

  • Reply Jonathan S. June 11, 2015 at 11:12 am

    From “Jesus Calling” June 11:

    Trust Me and don’t be afraid, for I am your Strength and Song. Do not let fear dissipate your energy. Instead, invest your energy in trusting Me and singing My Song. The battle for control of your mind is fierce, and years of worry have made you vulnerable to the enemy. Therefore, you need to be vigilant in guarding your thoughts. Do not despise this weakness in yourself since I am using it to draw you closer to Me. Your constant need for Me creates an intimacy that is well worth all the effort. You are not alone in this struggle for your mind. My Spirit living within you is ever ready to help in this striving. Ask Him to control your mind; He will bless you with Life and Peace.

    Isaiah 12:2; Romans 8:6

    • Reply Claudia Good June 11, 2015 at 11:44 am

      Loved that Jonathan!
      Thanks for sharing!!

  • Reply Michael Good June 11, 2015 at 11:31 am

    Love this, Claudia! And I see you being courageous everyday. “Do it afraid.” Great advice!

    • Reply Claudia Good June 12, 2015 at 7:53 am

      Thanks for saying this Michael! Love you!

  • Reply Katie Rinda June 11, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    So great to read this! Would love to catch up with you!!!!!!

    • Reply Claudia Good June 12, 2015 at 7:54 am

      Hi friend!!! Thanks!

      Yes, I was just thinking about you guys the other day (with Devon going on)… hope you are well! Would love to see you too Katie!

  • Reply Ryan Ash June 11, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    Great post (as always)! I can definitely identify with this right now in a couple of aspects of my life! Exciting times! Miss you guys!

    • Reply Claudia Good June 12, 2015 at 7:58 am

      Ryan! You are always kind and generous with your compliments, thank you!

      Do you listen to Jeff Goins podcast? I bet you would enjoy it!

      • Reply Ryan Ash June 22, 2015 at 11:50 pm

        Thanks, Claudia! I appreciate the kind words! I rarely ever have time to listen to podcasts any more, but if I were to choose just one would that be the one?

        • Reply Claudia Good July 6, 2015 at 10:10 pm

          Getting back to you here Ryan, Hmmmm, if I would listen to just one podcast…

          Well, I like Jeff Goins’ podcast because he talks about writing and online business and creative work. If those are things you love than I would say yes!

          if I had to choose one I would decide what I am listening for (marriage, entrepreneurship, creativity, ideas, inspiration etc) and I would go from there!

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