Pastor Freed used this quote in his Jack’s Winning Words blog today – “You sort of start thinking anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.” (J.K.Rowling)
He went on to write about the power of positive thinking. I think that the most important step is the first one – getting over that hump of fear that prevents you from even trying. Scary stories novelist, Stephan King was quoted as saying – “The scariest moment is always just before you start. After that, things can only get better.”
It is interesting that, in many people, the fear of even trying is quickly replaced once they started by a fear of failure, which actually serves to motivate them. For others the challenge becomes to complete what they have started. They become stubborn about not quitting until they have succeeded. For them a quote by Olympic Swimmer Matt Biondi applies – Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.
Our own imaginations often do us a disservice in the front-end of things by conjuring up all sorts of improbable negative outcomes or imaginary obstacles to our success. Positive thinkers put their imaginations to work for them, overcoming obstacles before they even come up – seeing the path to success ahead of it. Really good athletes use that “visualization” technique to see the success that they desire and “practice” that path in their minds.
What about you? Do sit there imagining failure or visualizing success? Do you become paralyzed by the fear of failure and not even start? Does that hump of fear become a mountain of “Can’t”?
Perhaps you just need that little bit of extra courage that you can find in prayer. Fear may be a powerful force, but it cannot stand up to the power of God and the courage you will find through prayer. In the Bible we are told – “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9
There is a cynical retort often used in confrontations once a challenge or threat has been issued, “You and what army?” In your mind you might reply, “No army needed, I’ve got God by my side.” The army that accompanied Goliath discovered the power of David having God on his side.
So, today’s theme is to get over that hump of fear that has been holding you back and get started. Visualize success, rather than worry about failure. Call upon the strength of having God at your side and change from resisting even trying to persisting until you succeed. Remember that anything is possible once you get up the nerve to start. Put that scariest moment of getting started behind you and don’t look back – things will only get better.
Get started on a great day!