I know a lot of you prefer listening to audio over reading posts so I thought I’d mix things up a bit and share a talk I gave at an amazing conference up in New York this past weekend.
The theme of of the conference was ‘Igniting the Fire Within.’ It is my belief that the number one thing that inhibits us from igniting the fire within is fear so I shared my top five tips for conquering fear when your find your courage wavering.
1) Resist Living in the Wreckage of the Future
2) Lift Your Fears Out of the Darkness
3) Pour Love into Frightening Situations
4) Turn Your Imagination Toward the Light
5) Remember That a Spreadsheet Cannot Predict Whether or Not God is Going to Move a Mountain
If you’d like to hear more about these ideas, take a listen.
Or, if you’re short on time, I’ll skip to the end and tell you what I told the women at the conference at the conclusion of my talk:
Breaking the chains of fear does not happen overnight. It requires discipline and fortitude and faith, but it can be done and it is absolutely worth doing because what lies On the Other Side of Fear (we have an Amazon page! yay!) is freedom. And do you know what we can do with that freedom? We can serve selflessly, create passionately, and love fearlessly. We can, in the words of St. Catherine of Siena, light the world on fire.
You can set the world on fire.
Your challenge this week is to fake it ’til you make it. Serve someone selflessly though you fear the cost. Create passionately though you’re worried about being judged. And love fearlessly though you’re scared of being rejected.
Find one small thing that scares you, and do it anyway because sometimes we overcome our fears simply by summoning all the courage we require and being brave.
(Yes, that was for you, my fellow Hamiltonians.).
Silence the voices (real and imagined) that try to convince you that you’re not brave enough to stand up to your fear; refuse to listen when they tell you that you’re not strong enough to endure the discomfort that you may face in the process; and be the person you imagine yourself being On the Other Side of Fear.
You’ve totally got this, my friend.
P.S. I’ll be guest hosting the Jennifer Fulwiler Show (2 – 4 PM Eastern) on SiriusXM 129 all week so listen in if you can and say a prayer for me!