Are you subconsciously shutting the door on your success?

bigstock-Worry-6083206Have you ever felt so uncomfortable with a new business challenge that you secretly hoped something unexpected would happen to get you out of having to deliver on it? I know I have!

I remember my first radio interview – I was so nervous I kept hoping the producer would call and tell me the we had to postpone.  The truth is, fear of the unknown is the number #1 barrier to our success as kingdom entrepreneurs – and if left unchecked, it will rob us of our confidence, leave us powerless, and can even cost us our chance to see our dreams realized

What’s even worse is that when we allow our fears to take over, we start conspiring with them in order to rationalize our lack of courage.  We’ll say things like:

  • “I just don’t have the money, time, resources, etc. to take that on.”
  • “I’m just not professionally ready for that yet – maybe next time.”
  • “My [spouse, friend, co-worker, etc.] told me I shouldn’t do it.”
  • “The economy is just too bad to succeed with that right now.”
  • “I am waiting on God and have to pray about it.”

In reality however, we are shutting the door on success because we are afraid of it.  It’s so much more comfortable to just stay where we are, in familiar surroundings.  After all, if the prospects don’t show up, the event doesn’t happen and our business stays under the radar, we won’t be pressured to perform.  We play small and subconsciously push opportunities away from us, because we are afraid of the person we will need to become in order to fully step into our God-ordained future. 

I have learned that whenever I am afraid to move forward with something unfamiliar and challenging, my brain immediately wants to kick into full procrastination mode. My mind gets busy finding excuses and reasons to stall until the threat of having to take action has passed along with the deadline.  I had to train myself to recognize and push through the fear and anxiety and refuse to let it steal what God has purposed for my life.

We can’t escape it – as entrepreneurs we will always face pressure to learn new skills, try new things, and take bigger risks in order to grow our businesses and position ourselves as leaders in our respective fields.  One of the characteristics all great entrepreneurs possess is the guts to open the door when opportunity knocks even if they feel utterly unequipped for the task.  It is this willingness to take risks and conquer new frontiers that keeps us in the race and helps us grow beyond our perceived limitations.  God did not give us a spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (2 Tim. 1:7). 

There is only one way to effectively overcome fear and become everything God has called us to be.  We need lean on Him who told us not to be afraid and allow Him to raise up our courage, faith and confidence that we can accomplish all things through Christ who gives us strength (Phil. 4:13).  He promised us that we shall not lack anything we need in order to perfectly fulfill our purpose.  Whatever your need, ask for it!

Whoever came up with the saying “God won’t give you more than you can handle” was absolutely right because when we cower in fear of our own success, we are essentially telling God not to send us any more opportunities!  Instead, we should put on an attitude of faithful expectancy that whatever opportunities He wants to bless us with, He will also equip us to handle with excellence.

Starting now, I encourage you to ask Him to send you big and exciting things and tell Him that you trust Him to lead you every step of the way.  Oh, and in case you’re wondering how my first radio appearance turned out, I actually did quite well – check it out here  if you’d like.

If you would like additional help on your path to successful kingdom entrepreneurship, I invite you to schedule a complimentary “Next Level Business Growth” session with me.

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