Step Out Confidently This Year

Bayo Ajibola

Happy New Year! It feels good to see a new year, doesn’t it? Think about all those who wanted to be here right now or even be where you are but didn’t make it. Don’t take it for granted that you are alive right now and are able to read this. There is definitely something great that awaits you and needs for you to accomplish.

The thing about accomplishing things is you need to get out there and get things done. You need to step out of your comfort zone and go for gold. It may require financial resources and physical effort but the biggest thing you will need is courage and confidence. These two things will push you when faced with challenging situations along the way.

Living in fear

Unfortunately, too many of us live in fear. We live each day asking ourselves ‘what if’ and not in a positive way. What if I fail? What if I don’t make it? What if she says no? What if I lose all the money I plan to invest? Some repeat these ‘what ifs’ so many times that they start believing it. For some it grows into a crippling fear that eats at their morale and self-confidence eventually causing irreparable damage. Throwing yourself into something new or different becomes such a task and you prefer to just sit it out until God knows when.

Fear is normal in healthy doses because, well, you are human. It is however a bad thing when it controls everything you do. The Bible says in 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind”. That essentially means fear is not from God. Automatically that says that it is out to destroy you and it will but only if you let it. Fear is like being buried under a pile of blankets. You are just comfortable enough not to suffocate but it could get there if you don’t uncover yourself. You know the only way to get out is if you lift those blankets but they feel a little heavier than usual and instead of persisting, you decide to settle and ‘accept’(albeit begrudgingly) that things were meant to be bad or crazy. That can’t lead you anywhere good now, can it?

There is so much that would have you living in fear and worrying about everything but worrying never solved a situation. That goes for crippling fear too. Just sit down and think about the best case scenario (you’ve already perfected thinking about worst case scenarios so there’s no need to do double work) if these things went right instead. Would you like it? Would you enjoy it? Would you actually like the change?

Someone is with you

Many times you’ve ventured out on your own and since you don’t want any more losses you decide it’s not a worthwhile venture if you are alone. Newsflash: a look at Isaiah 41:10 reminds you to ‘fear not for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand’. So you see, you are not alone.  God will always be there for you and He will give you direction where you need it.

For this to work you will need lots of faith, both faith in God and in yourself. You will need to believe in the unseen, in things that are yet to happen. You will definitely receive a test once you make that decision and that’s a good thing because how else will you know you’ve learned? Stay focused and learn your lessons as you go along.

Make prayer your battle strategy this year and once you are done praying, get up and act on whatever instructions you’ve received. Kick fear out the door and live victoriously.

Bayo Ajibola

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