What would my life look like without insecurity and the fear of failure? Who would I be? I asked myself this before starting an internal journey of uncovering what truly makes me who I am. Since then, I’ve been placed in situations that have caused me to analyze my life from a different vantage point. God’s point-of-view.
In the past 3 years, I’ve experienced a lot of changes, loss, and transition. This has caused me to question what I want out of life and if I’m even on the right track. Was I as creative as I thought? Do I really want to pursue the big dream of building a successful creative lifestyle and events business? Distrust in my ability to make big things happen in my life had subtly settled in. Last fall, after a particular bout of self-doubt and tears, I decided that these feelings of defeat could not possibly match God’s perspective of who I am and what I am capable of.
On the final day of a conference I recently attended I had a breakthrough in my perspective. Ryan Leak shared about his experience with “chasing failure” and how it doesn’t mean anything more than the fact that you tried something. I finally understood what God has been trying to get me to understand for months if not years. I thought that failure was a something negative that you avoided at all cost. Rather, it’s a natural part of the process of success. When you really think about it, what is so bad about failure? What does criticism of others matter in the face of what God thinks?
I’ve realized that I’ve been holding back in areas of my life because of a sense of inadequacy that had gone undetected. From relationships to the pursuit of entrepreneurship, my perspective about myself clearly did not match who I truly am.
Here are some recent revelations:
1. I have never experienced lack in my life. It may not have looked or came the way I thought, but God has always come through for me.
2. You cannot help who you are not around. Despite all the ways I can fail people, I have to have grace for myself. I can make an impact in people’s lives if I get over myself enough to be present. The world is waiting for me to be who I am called to be.
3. Not having excuses is the scary part. Persevering and attaining my dreams is up to me and no one else. I have to recognize that I’m not in this alone and that God has given me the resources and support I need to do well. It can be done.
What would the absence of fear and negative ideas reveal about you? The things that don’t work out are not necessarily an indicator of the final outcome. Don’t be discouraged; brave on. God has set you up to win. I leave you with the question Ryan Leak asked an arrested crowd of 8,000 people:
“What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?”
May 14, 2016 at 11:20 AM
Very encouraging post! I’ve asked myself these same questions
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May 20, 2016 at 6:49 AM
Thank you! I am glad you found it encouraging! It’s important to really take a look and identify what holds you back from pursuing your dreams. If it has anything to do with the “possibility” of failure then it’s just fear. It’s amazing what you can wind up doing once you take it out of the equation.
May 23, 2016 at 8:14 PM
I love the concept of ‘chasing failure’. I hadn’t thought of it that way before and it has given me a new perspective on when I have attempted new things.
May 25, 2016 at 4:26 PM
It was the same for me. Totally shifted my perspective. Made the possibility of failing not such a big deal. Helped me re-define it and what it actually means in my life.