It’s been a little over a month since I launched The Worthy Blog. It’s been an incredible month of growth and reflection. At the same time, a month of questioning and fear. I think anytime we step into a space of vulnerability, there’s a little slice of fear that comes along with it. In my case, the little slice is the whole damn cake!
I was listening to a message this morning and the speaker said something that really caught my attention. She said, “If there’s no fear, it doesn’t require very much faith.”
I’ve spent the last week, or so questioning what I am doing. I have been presented with some fear that I wasn’t anticipating. My fear stems from this little voice inside my head that Brené Brown likes to call, “The Gremlins.” You see, there’s these little gremlins that say things like:
“Who do you think you are?”
“You really think that you can positively impact the lives of millions of people?”
“You really think you’re qualified for this?”
“Your haircut looks like a Q-Tip head.” (That’s a new comment from the gremlins. I recently cut my naturally curly hair, so obviously that’s something only a gremlin would say.)
Brené also encourages us to acknowledge these little voices – to thank them for showing up and trying to protect us, but let them know that we’re good and proceed forward into action.
I share this with you, because I believe these little gremlins to be very real and very relatable. I know that I’m not the only one that struggles with my inner voice. However, it’s vital that we acknowledge the validity of our thoughts.
Are these thoughts valid?
Do these thoughts build me, or break me?
We get to choose the thoughts that enter our mind. We get to choose how we speak to ourselves. We get to make the decision to proceed, or recede.
When I challenged you all to complete the Ideal Day Exercise, I asked that you document the details of your ideal day and who you would need to become to access your ideal life. Today, I have another challenge for you that is the antidote of The Ideal Day.
I need you to think of the person that you would be if you didn’t go after your dreams.
I need you to think of the person that you would be if you allowed fear to get in the way of your faith.
I need you to picture yourself ten, twenty years from now in the exact same position you’re in today because you listened to the little gremlin in your head that questioned your qualifications.
Your current qualifications have nothing to do with your calling.
If you have a calling present on your heart – God has already qualified you; you just have to step into faith.
Today, if you’re struggling with the voices in your head that are telling you that you’re not smart enough, pretty enough, talented enough, skinny enough, qualified enough – I am here to tell you that I’ve been right there with you, sister. I am also here to tell you that YOU ARE WORTHY. I am also here to tell you to start combatting those voices; because they aren’t valid. I am here to tell you that you have everything that it takes to accomplish everything you’ve ever wanted. You have everything that it takes to do the work.
Nobody tells you about the amount of mourning in growth…nobody warns you about that.
Today, we are going to acknowledge our fear, thank it for trying to protect us, and then step out in faith anyway.
Because that is what we are called to do.
Remember always – YOU ARE WORTHY.