Overcoming our Fears

Do Not Fear

“Faith and fear both demand you believe in something you cannot see. You choose!” – Bob Proctor

One thing that I like about watching crime-solving movies is that when the FBI or Police Force hear that there is a crime, problem, or situation somewhere, they usually jump and run to it as quickly as possible to solve and fix it with the authorities they have. Not only them, you will even see the news reporters and journalists, all of them come running to the crime scene or the situation to get more information so that they can have cover stories. When problems arise, they always treat them as opportunities, and never as setbacks to their jobs.

It’s not only the Police, Lawyers, FBI, and so on, who get paid to solve and fix problems; when you think about it, we all get paid to solve problems and find solutions for whatever it is we are doing in our lives.

We get into business to provide solutions to different problems, wants, and needs, in exchange for money, satisfaction, and et cetera. We invent new things in order to come up with solutions to the problems we are always facing. People spend so much money in researching to come up with solutions to the cure of some diseases that we are facing and have always been facing. We go to work every day to fix and solve problems so that we can live better lives. Even in our personal lives, when we get sick, what is the first thing we do? We make an appointment to see a doctor, because we want to get better and be healthy again. We are constantly fixing things, solving problems, coming up with solutions, and you name it.

Even when we don’t get paid to fix some of the problems in our lives, but we still need to do it for our own good, and if we don’t take initiatives to solve them or find solutions, there is a chance that we will live with them for a long time, and nobody is going to come and solve them for us.  And these problems usually end up costing us even more, after we ignore them for a long time.

Life is a roller-coaster journey. It is a constant changing process where we regular go through good and bad every day, but yet we are expected to come out stronger. We are constantly changing some aspects and elements in our lives and replace them with new ones. The good and bad are meant to change us as people, and to shape us to become better individuals even though sometimes it doesn’t happen that way.

There are a lot we can learn from Police, Lawyers, FBI, Reporters, Journalists, Scientists, and et cetera, on how to approach and solve problems, and find solutions to things. They don’t become pessimistic each time they hear something bad happened, neither do they say, “Not again, man…I am really tired of solving these problems. They come one at another, sometimes they overlap, and I am so fading up with this…” Most of the time what they usually complain about is that they don’t get paid enough, hahaha.

I really do not blame them; especially the Police, they live in very scary worlds. When they wake up every day, they really do not know how the day is going to be, but they still go to crime scenes everyday even when it is very fearful sometimes. Still living their lives believing and thinking are the problem and crime solvers, they have got what it takes to solve them, and by God’s grace, everything will be alright.

If there is a case to follow up they always pursue and investigate the case until they come to conclusion to close it, but as long as it is still unsolved, the case will always be opened; and they will continue to look for more evidences.

I’m reminded by this book I read a few years ago that says, “Feel the fear and do it anyway.”  In other words, the only way to overcome our fears is to face them because everything we want on the other side is outside our comfort zone.

I have also come to realize the reason why children like to go after things, to have so much faith to want to do things is because they always think of the rewards. For instance when children learn to walk, even after falling and falling again, they usually get up and try to walk again, until they are able to do it. When they get that awareness that everybody they see can walk but they don’t, they are like, “Something is wrong, how come they can walk, and I can’t! I want to walk like them,” and therefore, they push themselves to walk.

Speaking of movies, Woody Allen has this famous quote that says, “If you are not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you are not doing anything innovative.” Hahaha

If we can only concentrate on the rewards we will get after we overcome our fears, may be it will be easier for us to face our fears and overcome them, whatever it is we fear about. When you think about it, most of our fears are usually about fear of tomorrow, uncertainty, failing, rejection, losing, dying, and not having things together. What if we fail, what are they going to think about us…right?

I was listening to this YouTube video of the famous Les Brown the other day, and he said, “Approximately 85 percent of people allow their fear of failure to out weight their desires to succeed. But in order to be something you have never done, you have got to become someone you have never been. And chances are, you will fail on your way to success.”

The Bible identifies fear as ‘a spirit that does not come from God.’ In the second book of Timothy chapter 1 verse 7 reading from New King James version (2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV), it says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

The Bible also identifies fear as something to do with punishment. In 1 John chapter 4 verse 18 from English Standard Bible version (1 John 4:18 ESV), it says, “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”

According to the Bible, the key to overcoming fear is to totally and completely trust in God. We need to trust in God even in the darkest times, even when we feel like there is no way we are going to overcome some things. Since God is love, good, and sovereign; therefore we should trust that He will help us to make things right, help us solve our problems, help us achieve our goals and dreams, and overcoming our fears.

Take it from the famous Steve Jobs who said, “Believe things will work out. How was I ever to know that the girl who broke my heart in university would lead to my soulmate? How was I to know that the ‘dream job’ I was rejected from out of college would lead me to a year of entrepreneurship and adventure in Spain? How was I to know that taking a miserable job back in the States would be just the push I needed to vow to never do something I wasn’t passionate about again? Everything works out. I mean everything. As long as you believe it will. When you do, you will find the silver lining. That will take you to the next level.”

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