I never understood why people fear success. It was just something that baffled me. About two years ago, I was invited to a success conference. The speaker started her presentation by asking the guest a few questions. She pointed to one of the men in the crowd and asked him, “What do you fear”? The man quickly answered “I fear success”. I was shocked What! Why in the world would someone be afraid to succeed? I wanted to take the mic and ask him some questions myself! I wanted to know what was he afraid of? And what would he do if he wasn’t afraid? I sat there confused, this man feared something that so many people were fighting to get.
So, here we are two years later, as I walk down my own road to success. I recently had this Aha moment that hit me like a ton of bricks. Aha! Now I understand what that man was talking about. He knew that it required true confidence and consistency to succeed, Maybe he wasn’t sure if he had that. He knew everyone wouldn’t always understand his vision. He knew that a relentless spirit was necessary to keep going, despite the whispers of the naysayers and critics. He knew about the series of failures he would go through before he actually got it right. Oh yes.. I get it now! It’s easier to play it safe and avoid the bumps and bruises that come on your journey.
I wish I knew then what I know now. I would encourage him not to hide his talents, and talk to him about the parable in Matthew 25 verses 14-30. I’ll let him know that he was more than a conqueror because of Christ! I would tell him some of the things he feared were part of the process. He should just use the experience to make him better. I would remind him that we serve a God that heals, and God would heal every bump and bruise he endured along the way. I would also share this quote with him.. “Take a leap and build your wings on the way down.” but I would change it and say, “Take a leap and build your wings so you can soar.” #PYNKinspiration
Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.