The majority of people that know me, know that I have an overwhelming fear of praying out loud in front of people. I feel that it is largely due to the fact that for such a long time, I did not practice the beautiful art of prayer in my daily life. In my head I thought, “I can barely pray for myself, let alone others.” But this year I have really been really trying to make time and remember to pray. So, it’s becoming easier for me.
Yesterday, I was volunteering alongside my coworkers at Feed My Starving Children, a Christian non-profit organization aimed at tackling hunger by sending volunteer-packed meals to different countries where they use them in schools, orphanages, clinics and feeding programs. When it came time to pray over the food we just packed, the staff member asked if anyone was feeling led to pray, and guess whose hand raised…MINE! So, I prayed OUT LOUD for the food to arrive safety and for it to nourish the children’s bodies. Now it probably wasn’t the most eloquent prayer where the words just so graciously rolled off the tip of my tongue, but I still prayed…OUT LOUD. Afterward, I felt pretty proud of myself for stepping out of my comfort zone and doing something that I have feared so much for so many years.
So with that, I have spent this past day reflecting on the word fear and what it takes to overcome it. Here are 3 things I’d like to share to help you overcome your fears….
- Become aware.
You can’t overcome something if you don’t know what that something is. Therefore, start your journey of overcoming your fears by first identifying what they are and where they are coming from. Remember, all fears are learned, so where did you learn your fear?
- Don’t hesitate. Dive right in.
Our brains are designed to protect us from anything that appears dangerous, frightening or uncomfortable. That’s why when we attempt anything risky, our mind immediately comes up with a billion reasons not to do it. The best way to beat these emotions is to do the dang thing before you have time to think about all that. So, don’t think! Take action asap.
- Stretch your comfort zone with baby steps.
If diving right in isn’t your cup of tea (don’t worry, it’s not mine either), baby steps are for you. You see, your comfort zone is like a muscle. And just like a muscle, your comfort zone grows the more you stretch it. So, take baby steps to overcome your fear. The more your practice or try to overcome the fear, the easier it will get.
I really believe fear is one of the biggest factors stopping us from living our best lives. So I encourage you to take the first step today to overcoming what scares you because once you expose yourself to your deepest fears, you are essentially free.
What do you think?
What do you do when faced with fear? How have you been able to overcome your fears? Share in the comments below or feel free to message me. I’d love to hear from you!
Random side story, my old figure skating coach gave me a pendant that said “Courage is feeling the fear and doing it anyway.” So during my figure skating programs, I would say “Feel the fear and do it anyway” every time before I would jump. Just felt like sharing that. 😊
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