Some are fueled with faith and others are governed by fear. Your outlook and the way you see the world determines the height of your success. You can either feed your faith or be crippled by fear.
It’s obvious that anything worth doing in life brings about fear.
The uncertainty of the endeavor is bound to get your emotions rattled up and hence fear rears its ugly head. This is normal. However, a lot of people let this feeling of fear keep them in their current state.
In my opinion, the greatest enemy one has is fear because fear will keep you from where you desire to be.
It’s quite understandable, the outcome of any attempt is unknown and as a result that stirs up fear.
On the flip side, some feel fear, but they feed their faith instead. For them it’s faith over fear. The level of belief they possess is greater than the fear they feel and hence they go on to achieve those big, scary, daunting tasks.
I say that to say this…
Fear will make you settle. Faith will take you further than you deserve to go.
You have to go out of your way to feed your faith. Never let your belief in yourself die. Never let it quiver. Never let it shrink.
Never let fear win.
When fear wins, your odds of succeeding go down the drain.
It’s a constant struggle; however you have to ensure you keep feeding your faith.
The road to success is a marathon, not a sprint so you have to keep your belief level high throughout this race.
Allow me to share this principle of faith over fear by sharing a story…
I have two uncles. For the sake of this article let’s call them Ben and Bob.
Ben and Bob both immigrated to the United States of America around the same time. They were both dead broke when they arrived, coming from a third world country, all they had in their pockets was $10.
Ten dollars and a temporary place to stay was all they were blessed with when they arrived. That’s it.
Regardless of their circumstances, they were determined. They were in fact, dream chasers.
The entire purpose of the relocation was to improve not only the quality of their own life, but their children’s lives as well.
Hence, armed with this purpose in mind, they both strove for the American Dream like so many immigrants who step foot on the land of opportunity.
However, regardless of their intentions, they both possessed two different mindsets.
Although they both were governed by fear, Ben didn’t let the fear stop him, instead his faith in his ability to succeed fueled him. On the other hand, Bob was different. Bob had the outlook of a pessimist. His fear continued to grow. Although he wanted better for himself, his fear never really allowed him to strike out on his own.
On the other hand, Ben armed with faith, struck out on his own as a business man. It’s obvious that conducting business in a new country is difficult and it’s very TOUGH to succeed. This was bound to bring up fear in Ben and it did, however it didn’t stop him because his faith was so strong. He was determined to succeed. He knew he was going to succeed because his belief in himself was that intense. He was willing to stick it out until he achieved his goals and desires.
Needless to say, Ben eventually went on to become a multi-millionaire, whereas Bob died in the same position he lived in his entire life, working a deadbeat job while trying to make ends meet.
This story goes to shed light on two important lessons…
1. You’ll never make it, if you never try.
This goes for anything you desire. If you let fear stop you, you’ll never know where you could have gone and how different your life could have been.
Who knows, Bob could have gone on to become a multi-millionaire as well if he hadn’t let fear win, but we’ll never know.
It’s important to realize that in order to grow you have to take risks. This is the foundation for any success story. Risks are essential.
Usually people are unwilling to take risks because they are fearful, however this is when it’s most important for you to feed your faith.
It’s the risks you take in life which lead to the success you encounter.
2. It doesn’t matter where you start from, all that matters is where you desire to go.
Believe in yourself. If you don’t believe in yourself, success is unlikely because fear is bound to find you and kill your desires. Bob was a victim of fear because his faith was not where it needed to be.
So the bottom line is feed your faith and do away with fear if you want to unlock the door which holds your dreams and aspirations.