“How to counter the fear that’s holding you back from being the leader you were meant to be.”
There I was, the Jr. High Intern at Calvary Church of Santa Ana, and the worship leader couldn’t lead worship the next morning. I know how to play the guitar (a little) and sing, so duty called. The next morning came and I was afraid of messing up the chords and singing the wrong lyrics, but I went for it. I had just played an upbeat song and was about to say into the microphone, ‘God’s awesome!’ But what came out was, “I’M AWESOME!” I was embarrassed, turned bright red and tried to correct myself instantly. My fears came to life and instead of running off the stage, I kept going.
We all have different fears that we deal with daily, but today I’m going to address the fears that are holding you back from the work and leader that you were meant to be.
Some fears that might be holding you back are:
- Fear of messing up
- Fear of not having enough experience
- Fear of rejection
- Fear of people not understanding you or your product.
- Fear of failing
- Fear of succeeding (how will you and others around you handle success)
Now remember, not every fear is bad.
- Fear of getting burnt.
- Fear of getting hit by a car
- Fear of letting people down (having massive responsibility so wanting to do well with what you have.)
In order to differentiate between your good and bad fears, you need to share your fears and hesitations. The safe people in your life will give you the right perspective on what is good and true.
The major temptation that will hinder you is letting your insecurities take over and the result will be that you won’t live up to your full potential.
Maya Angelou said, “I have written 11 books, but each time I think, uh oh, they’re going to find out now. I’ve run a game on everybody, and they’re going to find me out.”
– So remember, fears are normal.
We won’t be able to get rid of fear completely, but how you counter your fear is what you need to focus on.
How to counter fear:
- Remind yourself of what is true
- “Just do it”
- Keep practicing
- Get people in your life to give you the correct perspective and truth.
“Do it scared.” -Christy Wright
“There is something great on the other side of your fear! Don’t let fear kill your dreams!” -Nikki Udicki