Do you remember that scene from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, where Indie has to decide whether or not to literally take that leap of faith?
Faith means so many things to so many different people. I respect where everyone is coming from in his or her own belief system. To me, faith is two-fold.
- It means believing in a source of love and power that’s much bigger than me that I know always has my back.
- And then believing in myself, while knowing that higher power has my best interests at heart.
Now as much as I’d like to admit that I’m always coming from a place of faith, it just isn’t so. Fear can be quite the party crasher.
Have you heard the saying that fear and faith can’t occupy the same space? That’s pretty profound when you think about it. Fear is a deceiving, jealous, cowardly creature that doesn’t want to see you get to where you want to be. Granted there are times when fear can act as an ally. For example, you have the fear of having your hand bit off if you put it through the bars of a lion’s cage. I’d say that’s pretty legit! As long as you or someone else isn’t in some type of danger, then kick fear to the curb. If it ends up becoming a roadblock, here are some things to keep in mind.
What’s Worse, Living in Fear of Something or Pushing Through It?
When I decided to start my website, The Passion to Pursue, I was pretty scared about posting that first blog! All the self-doubt ran through my head. I thought to myself, “Why am I doing this again? What if people don’t like it? It stinks to feel vulnerable!” Ok, so here I am. I launched my site and not only have I survived, but I surpassed a huge milestone. The only way to get over the fear is to face it head on – and what helped me with this? Faith.
Everyone is Afraid of Facing the Unknown!
I don’t care who you are or what it is you’re trying to accomplish. We’re all in this together. Anyone who has achieved something in life has had to overcome fear in one capacity or another.
I’m currently reading, Lean In – Women, Work And The Will To Lead, written by Sheryl Sandberg, current Chief Operating Officer at Facebook. There is a section where she boldly admits to being afraid about learning new skills. Here’s an excerpt from the book you should find interesting.
“If I’m afraid to do something, it is usually because I am not good at it or perhaps am too scared even to try. After working at Google for more than four years, managing well over half of the company’s revenues, I was embarrassed to admit that I had never negotiated a business deal. Not one. So I gathered my courage and came clean to my boss, Omid Kordestani, then head of sales and business development. Omid was willing to give me a chance to run a small deal team. In the very first deal I attempted, I almost botched the whole thing by making an offer to our potential partner before fully understanding their business. Fortunately, my team included a talented negotiator, Shailesh Rao, who stepped in to teach me the obvious: letting the other side make the first offer is often crucial to achieving favorable terms.”
Not only admitting to a fear, but also actually taking the steps to overcome it is the name of the game. Sure, Sheryl Sandberg made mistakes, but the important thing is that she learned from them and I have no doubt she’s managed to negotiate more than a few successful business deals since then.
So the next time you’re faced with a challenge, be it at work, something for self-improvement or wanting to take the first steps in pursing a dream, face the fear, have some faith and take that leap!
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