Have you ever listened to your inner voice when faced with a difficult or seemingly impossible task? What we tell ourselves about the impossible task is more than likely what will transpire. Do you hear, “I can do this!”? Or do you hear, “Um, this is too great a task for me, I don’t think I can do it.”?
When I have a challenging mission ahead of me I will start chanting to myself, “You can do this, you can do this, you can do this…”
I never realized this until just recently. While sitting on my back porch reflecting on a upcoming impossible goal, my thoughts went back to childhood. As a child, inside I felt fearful about many things and often felt scared about moving forward with new ventures. But my dad always had confidence in me. From very young I can remember him volunteering me for all kinds of missions. When they needed a child to ask a question or to step forward or do just about anything, he cheerfully volunteered me. I heard, “My daughter will do that!” He always said it with such assurance I never wanted to disappoint him. Then he’d look at me and say, “You can do that right?” Usually I was scared but I moved forward anyway.
And you know what I discovered? Moving forward conquered my fear. When I stepped out and took action, my fear went away.
Taking action conquers fear.
When we stand still, immobilized by fear, our fear grows. Inaction turns our fear into a scary monster. The more our thoughts meditate on that scary monster the more paralyzed we become. And soon we convince ourselves the task is too big for us and we give up before even taking a step.
Our thoughts are powerful. Consider Proverbs 23:7 – “For as he thinks within himself, so he is.” What we think about ourselves becomes our reality.
What are you afraid of doing today? Don’t allow fear to stop you from moving forward. Tell yourself you can do it and move. What words are you sewing into your children? Do they hear, “You can do it!” Or are they hearing doubtful unconfident remarks?
What scripts are you playing in your head? Are you stopping yourself from action before you even take one step? Pay attention to your inner voice and replace negative destructive words with, “You’re amazing and you can do it!”