Jamie Mayes, AOE

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What is There to Fear?

In Uncategorized on September 25, 2012 at 5:28 am


I will admit that it took a while for me to take on this task. Zakiya (aka Ms. Queenly & Confident) had been insisting for a while that as a writer, I needed to “blog about it.” I should put more of my free words on paper. I told her that I was not looking for another committed relationship and that I knew blogging would take a lot out of me. Yet, there is no denial that my love to ramble endlessly led me back to the paper I love so dearly. Even so, why was I so hesitant to commit to something I love so dearly?

It reminded me of the fears I faced when I decided to write my first book. What if I’m not good enough? What if things don’t happen the way that I imagine? Will I be a failure? Yet, one of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned is when personal satisfaction outweighs public appreciation the doer of any task will always be happy. In conclusion, I could not worry whether the masses would be shocked and amazed by my work or moved into a transition so impactful that elevation in the physical or emotional nature was inevitable. I must continue to focus on the personal peace that is created every time I learn more about myself, God and the world in which I function. After all, this is what I claim to so desperately seek as a writer- wisdom and knowledge beyond general understanding.

I am reminded of the words of President Franklin D. Roosevelt “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.” For fear is a crippling agent that places a handicap on our drive to success. Fear is so powerful that it can make a rich man poor or a poor man rich. Either one can be fear-FUL or fear-LESS. Despite that fact that I have overcome much and experienced many things, I cannot deny that at times fear threatens to paralyze my progress. In those threatening moments, I step back to evaluate my position and my calling. I recall the word of God which states “God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and love and a sound mind ” (2 Tim. 1:7) or “…Be of good courage. Do not fear or be dismayed.” (1 Chronicle 22:13). I am surrounded by those who seek success and a higher calling, therefore, the things I envision are not alienated ideas. While my ideas may be individually specific to my goals, the drive for success is also shared by those of my circle. Therefore, fear should be further removed from my mind because I am encouraged by my positive surroundings.

It would be easy to declare that after reading this article, it simply takes verbal declaration of victory and insecurities go away. Yet, realistically, those who face issues with fear must reinforce their belief in their calling as often as they doubt it. Find quotes or scriptures that speak against fear. Tape it to your mirror. Make it the screen saver on your phone. Mark the verse or quote in your bible. Memorize it and say it every morning when you rise and at night when you lay down. Imagine yourself staring fear in the face physically, and verbally attack it with words of optimism and hope. Don’t let fear control you; you gain control of fear.


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