By DiAnn Mills
We all have dreams and goals, things we want to achieve intellectually, spiritually, and physically. We want to step forward and make critical choices. But something stands in our way, and it’s usually connected to a fear or fears.
We’re unable to move forward because we’re afraid of those critical choices and what it means to say “yes.” So we do nothing and continue to dream about the what-ifs of our lives. The outcome is depression and a lack of fulfillment.
What keeps you awake at night and consumes your daytime moments?
Continuing your education
Health and exercise
Learning something new
Overcoming an addiction – no matter what it is
Other – fill in the blanks
The courageous are the ones who take their ideas to God, make a plan, and work diligently until success is achieved. The following are five steps to help overcome the fears that keep us shackled.
- Make a prayerful decision. Do your dreams and goals line up with God? None of us can experience anything satisfying unless we get on board with God’s plan for our lives.
- Name your fear. Give it a face and a description. We can’t fight the unknown. Now take that fear to God and release it. He knows all about it anyway.
- Focus on what the Bible says about fear. How did the ancient believers approach an insurmountable task?
- Make a plan. Again, write it down, step by step.
- Make sure you agree with God, then move forward with the hard work.
- Do not despair when a failure gives you a temporary setback. Stand up, dust yourself off, and begin again.
- Give thanks to God for His love and guidance.
Philippians 4:6–7, ESV Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
What tools do you use to beat fears?
DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She combines unforgettable characters with unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels.
Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests. Firewall, the first book in her Houston: FBI series, was listed by Library Journal as one of the best
Christian Fiction books of 2014.
DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. She is co-director of The Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference with social media specialist Edie Melson where she continues her passion of helping other writers be successful. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country.
DiAnn has been termed a coffee snob and roasts her own coffee beans. She’s an avid reader, loves to cook, and believes her grandchildren are the smartest kids in the universe. She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas.
DiAnn is very active online and would love to connect with readers on Facebook: www.facebook.com/diannmills, Twitter: https://twitter.com/diannmills or any of the social media platforms listed at www.diannmills.com.