Melvyn Tan
September 21, 2013 — By tanmelvyn@gmail.com

Don’t Give In To Fear

[blockquote source=”Galatians 6:9 (NIV)“]Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.[/blockquote] Today I received an email from Jeff Goins on how he wanted to quit. He was lamenting about how in the past week, the going was tough. He […]

[blockquote source=”Galatians 6:9 (NIV)“]Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.[/blockquote]

Today I received an email from Jeff Goins on how he wanted to quit. He was lamenting about how in the past week, the going was tough. He was not achieving his goals and was just feeling his world starting to crumple.

It is not unlike many of us, who decided to pursue our passion in order to fulfil our purpose in life. There are just too many times than I would admit that I have thought about giving up. The fears and doubts come in the form of how much longer can I compete effectively, how much more can I contribute, what else can I do, where else can I expand. These thoughts are almost always in my head, so much so that it not only give me sleepless nights but it also paralyse me and prevent me from taking the next step!

Pressfield said it best in The War of Art:
[blockquote source=”Steven Pressfield”]“Are you paralyzed with fear? That’s a good sign. Fear is good. Like self-doubt, fear is an indicator. Fear tells us what we have to do. Remember one rule of thumb: the more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it.”[/blockquote]

To counter our fear is simply to just do the work. To make sure that we stay at it, here’s my suggestion:

  • Identity: know who you are, know what’s your purpose, know your strengths and your weaknesses
  • Perspective: realise how far have you’ve come will give you the right perspective, because wherever you are now, you once thought it was impossible
  • Hone New Skills: your current set of skills that have gotten you here are unlikely to take you where you want to go
  • Schedule: unless you make time for art, it will never get done
  • Pray: always commit to the LORD what you do, for if you do not need God’s help then this goal is not big enough

Father I pray that with Your guidance and grace, we can look fear in the eye and keep on keeping on until the work is done. In Jesus name, Amen.