One thing I wish I knew when I got started as an entrepreneur is the constant dance between faith and fear.
Faith is when we believe that we can make things work no matter what and Fear is when the not-so-nice thoughts in our head tells us we can’t.
Since Faith and Fear are both apart of the process of pursuing what matters, it’s important to learn how to cultivate a spirit of Faith > Fear — leaning into the truth, embracing your fears, and continuing to do what you’re meant to do.
It’s easier said than done. Because whenever you’re on the road to creating your own success, you’re bound to run into the sneaky lies like “Who do you think you are?” “What will people think of me?” and the classic “I’m not enough.” The choice between giving into those lies and rising above it is up to you.
So today, I wanted to share a few strategies (and a free guide!) to use whenever you find yourself choosing between Faith and Fear. This is a short and sweet process that I use whenever I’m doing something outside of my comfort zone and need a bit of a confidence boost.
1. Remember Your “Why."
When things start to get challenging, frustrating, or scary, go back to the basics and remember your “why.” Remind yourself of what your greater purpose is so you can push past the discomfort to align yourself to what matters. You can write down your vision, create a visual vision board (like on Pinterest), or close your eyes and visualize/imagine the future possibilities of what you’d like to create and why.
For example, when I was first growing my coaching business, I had an inspired idea to create a workshop to help leaders identify their life purpose and create a vision board to represent it. Whenever I had to reach out for collaboration, create marketing materials, and figure out details, I would remind myself that this workshop will equip leaders with the mindset and strategies to understand their God-given dreams and design to live out their purpose.
2. Name Your Fears.
Fear likes to lurk in the darkness so when we name our fears, it brings it to light and it loses its power over our actions. It may feel scary to name our fears but I promise when we do, we know exactly what we’re dealing with and how to overcome it. Remember, our fears are usually directly related to our biggest strengths. That’s because when we step out in faith, their tends to be more resistance around what we’re doing. So by digging deep and naming what we’re scared of, we can begin to learn how to embrace it.
Just like when I was creating my first workshop. In order to promote it, I had to make announcements in front of large groups of people. It was terrifying, mainly because I was afraid that people would think it was a dumb idea, or that I was an imposter. I realized that I cared way too much about what people would think, and could start taking the step to find the truth to replace those lies.
3. Declare the truth.
Once we name the Fear, we can then claim the Truth. In this step, we look for positive and timeless truth, scripture, or mantras to help us strengthen our Faith. We can use the Bible for reference and favorite quotes and sayings to motivate and remind us of what’s good. When we make this a habit, we can develop a mindset for success and Fear no longer has a hold on us. We can continue to acknowledge the Fear and take action and make strides towards our goals.
So whenever I ran into a bump for my workshop launch, I would remind myself the verse from Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” For me, it was the shift from people pleasing to understanding that God is the one who gives me the strength and opportunity gave me the courage that led to teaching and selling out my first workshop.
So if you’re struggling with fear, you’re not alone. In fact, I believe that may be a sign that you’re on the right track. But I don’t want you to stay there. That’s why I created my Faith > Fear guide to help you tackle those fears head on and surround yourself with empowering truth. It features a workspace for you to go through this process, as well as printable truth cards for you to decorate your surroundings. If you’d like a tool that’ll help you embrace your fears and strengthen your faith, download your free Faith > Fear guide below. Get going and get growing!