This past summer, there was an exercise I participated in; well, more like a challenge. It lasted for approximately 30 days. (HA! I think it was 30)
But like most lengthy challenges, each day, there was something new to do and overcome – or at least work on.
Participants were encouraged to email someone, post products, gather information, and a host of other things- honestly, in case you couldn’t tell (I’m still tickled by my “approximately 30 days” guesstimate) my memory of the challenge is a bit fuzzy.
I’m sorry. I do remember it was created by Dave Conrey though.
Oddly enough, day one was the day that stood out the most.
It’s the only one I can clearly recall and it is the only day whose exercise I still use.
It goes something like this:
Bring it to life.
Give it eyes, make it breathe fire, or give it sharp teeth- your choice.
Turn it into the most horrific beast you can imagine.
Once you have done that, look “fear” right in the eyes, approach it, and scream “FORGET YOU, FEAR!”
Literally, scream at fear.
So I’m sitting down, reading, and chuckling to myself about how I’d look standing in the middle of a room, staring at nothing, while yelling at it.
It sounded ridiculous then, and well, it still does.
But for me, it is no longer as ridiculous as it sounded when I first read day one of the challenge.
HA! The hilarity! I mean, I’m at LEAST one suit shy of a full deck, but even I couldn’t imagine doing something like that. But eventually, I did it, and occasionally I still do.
With all honesty, it has to be one of the most empowering and liberating things I have ever done. (I’m a bit dramatic, just in case you haven’t read my last post)
Believe me when I say, something that small, and ‘silly’ has made an unbelievably strong impact on me.
Well, it forced me realize that not only is fear a “figment of MY imagination,” but also, no matter how scary it looks or feels it has no power, if I don’t give it any.
God surely doesn’t give it power, as a matter of fact, He said to fear not.
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So, why didn’t you write that book? “I was afraid to because…”
Why haven’t you started your blog? “I was scared people would…”
Come on y’all! Forget that! Fear is an excuse we must leave behind!
If there is anything you wish to do that you’re afraid to do – Do it.
Don’t run from it; especially if “it” pops up over and over again.
It’s your God given assignment and I KNOW you know the “it” I am speaking of.
You know EXACTLY what I’m talking about!
That! That right there… you’re even smiling about it!
Yes, it’s a work in progress to overcome fear, as it can return time and time(and time) again , but don’t set your mind on that. Instead, do the following:
Then, picture fear.
Imagine it’s standing in front of you with its horrible breath, gnashing teeth, deep growl, and all of its intimidating features.
Create the most unnerving creature you can think of- something that you’d have nightmares about for days, even weeks.
Then imagine its standing in front of you.
Look your creation square in the eyes and with all you’ve got, scream,
“FORGET YOU, FEAR!” to the top of your lungs.
Go on! Do it!
Fear doesn’t bite. It never has, it never will.