I am learning daily that we can be our biggest cheerleader or our own worst critic. Often the biggest obstacle standing between us and our dreams are the thoughts and fears floating around in our mind.
How many times have you talked yourself out of doing something, but before you could even make the first move, you had talked yourself out of it, followed by a long list of reasons why it was a dumb idea?
Or how about the time, when you gained the courage to do something you had been putting off for a long time, only to be stopped in your tracks with fears of the unknown and endless possibilities of the countless things that could go wrong.
While it is great to use wisdom in making decisions, sometimes our fear of the possibilities can paralyze us and prevent us from doing anything at all. I love best selling author and pastor Joyce Meyers who often says, "Think about what you're thinking about". Instead of freaking out about all the things that could possibly go wrong, we need to start fantasizing about all the things that could go right. Even in the instances when we step out and fail, at least we can say we tried and can learn from our mistakes, instead of simply playing it safe on the sidelines.
Today, I double dare you to step out in faith and do ONE thing you have been putting off, even if you have to do it afraid. Begin to visualize yourself succeeding. Imagine yourself actually achieving the goal you set out to achieve. Once you visualize it in your mind, follow it up with action. Guess what? Instead of failing, you might just actually succeed.
Lord, I know your word says, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Please forgive me for the times when I doubted this very thing. I desire to step out and to do great things. Help me control my thoughts and take hold of imaginations that hold me captive and prevent me from being all you created me to be. Thank you for granting me courage to step out in faith. In Jesus name. Amen.
Dr. nicole steele
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