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As I listened to the speakers at Blissdom this past weekend there was a resounding message that I kept hearing. I may have been the only one that heard it but it kept coming up.

“Fear tells you that you’re too late or to do it later.” – Jon Acuff

“Fear of failure is worse than failure itself.” – Jeff Goins

“90% perfect and shared is better than 100% perfect and not shared.” – Jon Acuff

Fear is something that we all face. It’s not something that we like to talk about because, well, we’re afraid. We’re afraid of what people might think, we’re afraid we’ll look stupid; you name it, we fear fear.

Just like each of you, I have my own fears. I fear that I’m not the best wife I can be for Trent, that my new business will fail before it even gets started, that I will miss an opportunity to share Christ’s love with someone…

Although it feels safer to keep fear hidden, exposing it to the light hinders its growth. Sharing our fears is much like photosynthesis is to plants. If a plant doesn’t have food it will stop growing, and eventually die. When we share with each other our fears will stop growing, and eventually die.

What are you afraid? What’s holding you back from living the best life possible or accomplishing a dream? Let’s face our fears together.

Thrifty T

Photo credit – Steph’s Blog

7 Comments

  1. Eileen
    Eileen02-27-2012

    Hi, visiting from Jeff Goins blog.  Wish I could have been at Blissdom, all the tweets I followed sounded like it was a great time.  I agree “fear exposed to the light hinders its growth.”  And like you said, so many people are struggling with similar fears. 

    • ThriftyT
      ThriftyT02-27-2012

      Hi Eileen,
      Thanks so much for stopping by! Blissdom was a lot of fun; you’ll have to come next year. Jeff was so inspiring during his session – he was one of my favorite speakers!
      Hopefully sharing a few of my fears will help someone else with theirs.

  2. Stephanie Precourt
    Stephanie Precourt02-27-2012

    I was in his session and also felt the other sessions and keynote confirmed a lot of what I’ve been feeling in life and in my writing.

    Steph

    • ThriftyT
      ThriftyT02-28-2012

      Hi Steph,
      Jeff did such a great job and was definitely one of my favorite sessions.
      I love confirmations don’t you? Once something is confirmed I don’t feel like it’s hanging out there anymore…now I just need to act on it!

  3. Angie
    Angie02-29-2012

    So great to meet and chat with you at the Lorax party!  I didn’t make it to Jeff’s session, but I’ve heard nothing but RAVE reviews on it.  Really kind of bummed to have missed it, but there were several times that I wanted to be in on multiple sessions.  I did however, absolutely LOVE Jon Acuff’s keynote and am working on his book right now.  That presentation was definitely a game changer for me :)

    • ThriftyT
      ThriftyT02-29-2012

      Hi Angie! Yes, Jeff was one of my favorite sessions. You can get a recap of his session at his blog. Jon Acuff was AWESOME and I can’t wait to read his book! Thanks for stopping by!

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