Fear and Faith...which one will you choose?
I was chatting with my step-mom on yahoo messenger this week about personal matters (totally not related to running) and at the end of it, I felt drained. She had nothing to do with it. That was all on me. I am such a worry wart. I panic easily you see. Even before things happen, I do. This is one trait I plan to get rid of this year.
More often than not, I am controlled by my fears. Remember my journey towards my first marathon. How I panicked so much when I started experiencing pain on my right knee and how afraid I was that I won't be able to finish before the cut-off time? I seriously had sleepless nights because of it! Come marathon day, I felt no pain in any part of my body and I finished way before the cut-off time. All that worrying for what? NOTHING!
Coincidentally, this was the topic at church last Sunday! I think God is trying to tell me something. So I'm sharing with you what I learned. I also have to write it down myself so I could be reminded.
What really happens when we look into the future with the eyes of fear?
1. You get stressed.
2. You develop self-defeating behaviors.
3. You start to (inadvertently sometimes) infect others with your negativity.
4. You see yourself as inadequate for your challenges
5. You make yourself miserable.
Number 5 pretty much sums it up, right? Welcome to my full blown pity party! Woohoo!
But when the party is over, all that crying, complaining, and second-guessing really won't do you any good. It's not gonna change situations, it's not gonna make you feel better, and it won't help you in an way!
So, what should a fearful person do then?
Well, here's the antidote: LEARN TO LOOK WITH FAITH.
1. Stop feeding fear.
2. Believe in your dreams/goals, even before they happen.
3. Do the things you fear the most.
4. Surround yourself with positive people who inspire, encourage and motivate you.
5. Trust God. Trust yourself.
Faith trumps fear and it gets you moving. Instead of letting fear hold you back, use it to get you moving forward. You'll never know what the future holds, but you can make things happen if you have faith in yourself, in God, in your training, etc.
Do this and you'll realize, the boogieman isn't as big as you thought.
Every accomplishment begins with the decision to try. You block your dream when you allow your fear to grow bigger than your faith.
Remember... FEAR is... False Evidence Appearing Real.
That being said, for 2011 and for the next years to come, I choose FAITH. How about you?