Strength comes in many different forms. In fitness we correlate being strong with maxing out in the weight room, grinding out 10 more push-ups, or doing 30 more seconds of burpees! We may also think of strength as overcoming adversity, standing up for something we believe in, getting through a tough time, or choosing the road less traveled.
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” -Nelson Mandela
Sometimes life throws things at us that we weren’t expecting nor would we allow it given a choice. Other times we know exactly what we would like to do, but fear is standing in the way and we can’t seem to muster up the courage to just try-we fear failure or even fear success.
Personally, I deal with fear a lot-probably too much! Fears, worries, stress…they can all be tossed into the same basket. For me, that can all be summarized by one main concept; What if? And What if I’m not good enough?
Seems a bit ridiculous to allow fear such a foothold in our lives.
So how do we move past our fears?
How do we react? I believe it’s the action that we take regarding those thoughts/fears/anxieties that have the potential to make us truly stronger!
What are you afraid of? Is there anything, big or small, that you would like to do but fear is holding you hostage? Examine the six elements of wellness and see if fear is present or holding you back in any area: emotionally, intellectually, physically, spiritually, in your occupation, and socially. Once you have pondered a bit, tell someone you trust what you discovered and what your action plan is.
God is with you in everything you do. -Genesis 21:22
Getting stronger takes work…day in and day out. Let’s get to it.