Choose your loudest voice, are you guided by your fears or your dreams?

What determines the size of your dreams? Or the goals that you choose to pursue?

Early in January, I organised a Mastermind meetup and invited friends to spend some time talking about the previous year and also share their plans for the coming year. One of the major things we did was spending time reviewing how the previous year went, both the good and the bad sides of it before hurrying off into a new year.

One major area there was a major consensus was being prevented by fear from achieving some of our goals or even daring to dream about certain things. Many times, the fear of failure keeps us away from even attempting and then we convince ourselves to get off that project.

While evaluating the previous year at the MasterMind, I realised that I had not organised any conference throughout the past year because of the fear of failing. How did I get this fear into my heart?

During the year I attended a number of conferences on my university campus that weren’t really well attended and somehow I absorbed that image into my mind and the fear of putting a lot into organising a conference and meeting an empty room on the event date and disappointing the speakers just overwhelmed my mind and that fear stopped me.

The interesting thing was that somehow I found ‘legitimate’ excuses not to organise any conference. I concluded was completely satisfied volunteering and assisting others any way I could. This was a good thing but the truth is I was settling because I was afraid.

The big grip that fear has on us is ‘fearing what we fear’. This way fear stops us from taking action. This month, what would guide you? Your fear? Or your faith?

Fearing failures stems a lot from our culture as well, the way that we perceive failure and success. Failure is not a one time event neither is success, they are both processes. Failure isn’t even a 100th time event, the story of the invention of the light bulb has proven this. Failure is part of the experiences that lead up to success. Sometimes we win and other times we learn. When we learn, we win!

This doesn’t mean that we cannot prevent some of our failures by reading, preparing and researching as well as getting counsel and mentoring. We can and we should.

Don’t allow fear determine the size and the extent of your dream or what you would attempt. Ask yourself:

What am I afraid of?

Why am I afraid of it?

What happens if I fail at this?

I found this earlier this week on twitter and it really inspired me! Failing isn’t the ultimate or the end of the road, life is a continuous journey. Get back on the road!

Even if good people fall seven times, they will get back up! Proverbs 24:16

Though he falls, he will not be overwhelmed, for the LORD is holding his hand. Psalm 37:24


I’m Ife, I am the Pathfinder, I am committed to living a truly abundant and fulfilling life. I would love to help you do the same by helping you find your path. My name means Love. I am a Jesus, lover and follower.

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