“Kim Beckham’s message at the East Texas Leadership Summit 2018 provided a blueprint for me to take action in an area of my life.”
This was a quote sent to me by a young lady, who heard me speak at a local leadership event. I shared in the speech some key truths from my soon to be published book,“Game Changers, The People, Places and Ideas That Change Your Life.” She wrote down five of them and put them to work. Just like I do when I coach people, I encouraged the participants in the seminar that knowledge is only useful when we put it to work. This woman did just that and she landed a new job with a huge increase in pay.
In my last blog, I wrote about her use of the concept I coached her on, which was “doing a new thing.” Today, I want to share the second concept I shared with the group, which was overcoming fear by developing faith.
Here’s the teaching:“You will be able to take action, when your faith in yourself is greater than your fear of the future.” People get paralyzed by fear, because they are uncertain of the what the future will bring.
- What if the economy has a downturn?
- What if my health fails?
- What if a major competitor to my business moves into town?
- What if, what if, what if?
These kinds of open-ended fears can cause us to fail to make the bold moves that will drive our careers and lives forward.
The fact is that the future will always be unknown, but there is one thing you can know for sure and can count on to make your dreams come true. You can count on yourself. You know you! You have come this far in life by using your mind, skills, and passions to reach goals that once seemed impossible to you. You can count on you. Remind yourself of your strengths.
When I coach people, I encourage to them to create the list of 25. Everyone should have one in their desk drawer, on their phone, or somewhere else close by. This is a list of 25 things you are proud of that you have accomplished in your life. It can be as small as learning to ride a bicycle, or as large as starting a business. The key is to write them down and don’t stop till you get to 25. Then, when your fears rise or you’re having a negative day, pull out your list and read them aloud. Remind yourself of just how competent you are and then get back to work.
When your faith in yourself is bigger than you fear of the future, you can and will accomplish your goals.
So take action on your dream today. Make 2019 the best year of your life by replacing fear of the future with faith in yourself.