Fear is very interesting, most people refuse to admit that it’s something we all deal with every day. Maybe it's the fear of it making them look weak or embarrassed, two things I can totally relate to.
Be honest, if a person were to open up and tell you what they really were fearful of, you might be surprised. As silly or as strange as it is, some people have a fear of loving, being successful, doing the right thing, walking in purpose, the fear to speak up, fear to lead a family, or the fear to show an outward personality.
Fear to me is that little voice in your head that tries to convince you that you'll fail, and that it'll hurt your ego, it'll hurt your brand, and it'll hurt your pockets. That voice that tries to tell you, you're not good enough, not talented enough, you did it once but you can't do it again, you're doing too much take a seat, you're not smart enough, you don't have enough experience, you don’t have enough money, you're too old, you're too young, you're in the wrong city, you're black, you're fat, who's going to help you, no one cares, you don't have a team and my favorite one, you're not "marketable" enough. I know I'm not the only one that hears that voice time and time again.
I know the bible says "Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." And to be totally honest when I remember that, it cancels 98% of those little thoughts, but that 2% that’s still left is alive and still loud!
Sometimes you have to remind yourself of the things that you have overcome that you were once afraid to do big or small. This year I made it a personal goal of mine to step out and face as many fears big or small that I didn't realize were in me. (Minus skydiving, I'm good on that one.) Over the weekend I took another step. It's funny how God puts situations in front of you to either face it or hide. Now the crazy part about taking each step is, you start to want what you were once afraid of more. You start to look for opportunities to take more steps, to silence that last 2% ... be encouraged everyone...faith walk.