What is it in life that you would like to accomplish? Is there someplace you’ve dreamed of visiting for years but haven’t? Perhaps it’s a personal goal like losing 10 pounds or learning to be more assertive or creative.

I am a firm believer in goals. I have a list of things I want to do, places I want to go, changes I want to work on in the various areas of my life. There is always some area in which to grow, that’s for sure.

But sometimes, something holds us back from accomplishing the desires of our heart. It’s called fear: fear of change, fear of the unknown, fear of the outcome. It is natural to fear doing something different. As children of God, however, we have not been given a spirit of fear, but of power and love and a sound mind.

We must change the way we perceive things in life. Instead of focusing on the negative aspects try focusing on the positive ones. For example, if I want to lose weight, I can say “I’ll feel better about myself” instead of “I don’t have any will power”. Instead of “I don’t like to cook” I can say “I will enjoy learning how to eat healthy”. If I want to get in shape, I need to look at exercise as pleasurable rather than a chore. Instead of “I don’t have time to exercise” try “I’ll have more energy to accomplish what I need to do.”

What about visiting that spot you’ve dreamed of? Instead of saying “I don’t like to fly” how about “Imagine the new sights and places I will experience when I get there”. Changing the way we look at things motivates and energizes us to go for our dreams.

Friend, don’t let the nasty demon of fear hold you back any longer from living the abundant life. Life is wonderful, rich, and fulfulling if we choose to embrace it and go forward in faith, rather than fear. Remember, we will get what we expect, right?

Love to hear what new thing you are going to step out in faith for in your life. Write and let me know. Until next time, keep looking up!

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