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“Just Do It”.  How I wish I could live my life the Nike way! But sadly, often times  I get paralyzed by fear of failure and my dreams remain stagnate.

My youngest daughter is a competing gymnast. Like any sport, there is plenty of perseverance and determination needed to succeed as an athlete.  Her dream( and I have to admit her mom’s dream too) is to compete like Gabby Douglas someday.   I love the young at heart.  They are not yet tainted by failures, mistakes and mess ups so their tendency is to dream BIG!

Last fall she competed almost every weekend.  She started off the season strong.  There was not yet one event she was afraid  of, until this particular day.  She just finished watching her team mate complete her polished beam routine and now she was ready to go.  She waited patiently for the judge to flag her to begin.  She wasn’t scared, she had mastered this routine and she was prepared.

Her poise was beautiful and her spirit was confident.  It was time for her handstand.   Hands on the beam.  Oops, to her dismay her feet slipped and off the beam she fell. Surprise and shock set in, but she got up and tried again.  Another try, but again her feet brushed off the side of the beam.  She got back up and tried again.  A third, fourth and fifth attempt.   Finally after the sixth attempt, her feet decided to stay on the beam.  She sadly finished her routine and her face revealed all; despair, discouragement, and failure.

As a mom, it’s painful to watch failure and  disappointment set in with your kids.  I understand the feeling of failure and how it can shatter a dream.  I have struggled with a few areas where I feel I have failed and it’s been difficult for me to get back into the boxing ring.  To some extent, my fear of failure has paralyzed me from “just do it” and pursue my dream.

Are you watching a dream pass by because you have become paralyzed by fear of failure?

What are we so afraid of?  Are we too concerned with protecting our perceived image?  The world glamorizes success and if we can’t reach success in our first attempt, we  feel we don’t measure up.  Often times it’s easier to give up than press thru!

I love the story of Joshua.  He was a man who was mentored by Moses.  It was Gods assignment for Joshua to lead the Israelites into the promised land.  Joshua learned at an early age not to listen to everyone around him.  Because if he did, he would of never succeeded at his God given assignment.  He was surrounded by complainers and half glass empty people.  Joshua was a man who did not allow fear and discouragement to get the best of him.  He took Gods word at heart and was ” strong and courageous”.

Joshua 1:6 “Be strong and courageous because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them.”

vs 9. ” Be strong and courageous.  Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you are. ”

Joshua was confident in the Lord’s calling and direction.  People around him were scared, fearful, but their fears did not become Joshua’s fears.  He accomplished his God size dream because he followed Gods commands.

Joshua 1:8. “Do not let this book of the Law to depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night so that you may be careful to do everything written in it.  THEN YOU WILL BE PROSPEROUS AND SUCCESSFUL.”

Did you catch the bold text?  Joshua was prosperous because of his obedience to trust despite fear and he made it a priority to mediate on Gods word.

What is your dream? Do you find yourself paralyzed by the fear of failure?    I guarantee if we discipline our lives to meditate on Gods word,  He promises to give us the confidence to be strong, courageous, and prosperous like Joshua.

Give it a try!  “Just do it”.  Your life will soar to new heights and your fear of failure will become less and less.