What Would You Do if You Weren't Afraid?
What would you do if you weren't afraid? Would you try a new hobby? Would you quit your job? Would you start a new business? Travel to a new country? Leave a toxic relationship?
Fear is one of the biggest reasons that people choose not to chase their dreams. Fear of failure. Fear of what others will think. Fear of being uncomfortable. Fear of disappointing someone. Fear of rejection. Fear of looking dumb/silly/ignorant/foolish. Fear of not being enough. Fear of the future.
We allow fear to suffocate and cripple our dreams.
This question has come up several times in the last few days, in ways that have made me stop and ponder. What would I do if I wasn't afraid? Would I do anything differently?
I like to take calculated risks. I like to assess the possible outcomes, create a plan for how I would like to approach those possible outcomes, then I decide whether or not something is worth taking a risk on. In fact, I do that when I sit down to write a post. I evaluate the topic, try to anticipate the reaction I might get and then decide whether or not I am brave enough to post it.
I have realized more often that not, I end up with half written ideas sitting in my drafts section that never get finished. While writing, I usually talk myself out of the value I see in that topic and decide it wasn't worth publishing.
How many times have you talked yourself out of doing something that truly sets your heart on fire or brings joy to your life? I can't even keep track... it has happened too many times.
Doing something in spite of fear requires bravery and vulnerability.
I googled the question, "What would you do if you were not afraid?" There are hundreds of similar responses: I would try something new. I would go to that gym class. I would try to cook. I would paint again. I would draw again. I would do something I enjoyed as a child/teenager, that I feel I would get judged for if I did it now. I would chase my dream. I would start a non-profit. I would move to a new state or city. I would... I would... I would...
We crave the ability to risk, we crave the ability to grow and try new things, but we allow fear to have a louder voice than our dreams.
The Bible has numerous verses addressing fear. We are called to be strong and courageous, not afraid (Joshua 1:9). We are called to not worry about tomorrow (Matthew 6:34). We are called to cast our anxieties on to the Lord (1 Peter 5:7).
Doing something in spite of fear requires bravery and vulnerability. It requires you to step out in faith.
God has given you talents, dreams and hopes. This is not done by accident. I want to encourage you to think about your dreams, the desires in your heart. What would you do if you were no longer afraid?