I get asked about fear a lot.
With all that is going on in the world right now I imagine the topic of fear is on your mind more than usual as well. Recently, my Goal Digger podcast conversation with Jenna Kutcher, Overcoming Fear with Bethany Hamilton, started off with the topic of fear.
Let’s be honest, it isn’t exactly possible to be without fear all together. It wouldn’t be reasonable, or safe, or even human to have no fears. Sometimes our fear can keep us out of dangerous situations and help us make wise choices. What is possible is to press on despite our fears, to have courage, to be fearless to do hard things and make hard choices, to be brave in the face of fear.
It is good to get in touch with our fears so we can deal with them. And then it is good to remember that everyone can be “fearless.” Like anything, fearlessness takes practice.
Here are three areas we can practice courage daily, three ways we can be fearless:
- BE YOU. Some days having courage to simply be yourself is more than enough. In the little things, and the big things, stand up for what you believe, live an authentic life, let yourself be seen, and known, and loved for exactly who you are. Don’t settle, don’t be who others want you to be. You are a beautiful mess and you don’t have to be anything other than who you are. You are enough.
- BE HONEST. One of the most fearless things we can do in day-to-day life is be vulnerable. Vulnerability researcher Brene Brown says, “Ordinary courage is about putting our vulnerability on the line.” It takes courage to be honest about your hopes and dreams and fears and choices. Vulnerability is risky, but the reward is the knowledge that you are living an authentic life and you are being authentically loved.
- BE STRONG. Having courage to resist outside pressure and make hard choices is fearlessness at its best. Courage is standing up and standing strong for who you are and what you want. While life is full of surprises, you can be courageous to face the unexpected with strength, faithfulness, dignity, and power.
Practice being fearless everyday by being you, being honest, and being strong. When we practice having courage in the little things we will find ourselves empowered to be brave in the face of the big things too.
Join my Unstoppable Year course and dive into more topics that will help you be fearless, like anchoring your identity, overcoming obstacles, and training your mind.
And always remember God’s promise…
“Fear not, for I am with you;
be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Isaiah 41:10 (ESV)
Have courage and practice being fearlessly you during this crazy time!