Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Why would you let anything stop you from what you have the ability to do?

“Why would you let anything stop you from what you have the ability to do?”
Quiet Strength, Tony Dungy

I read this question in a book and it’s a great question to think about. “What stops us from doing things we have the ability to do?” Fear, pride, failure, humiliation and laziness all come to mind. But fear is the strongest motivator for not doing something, not trying and not continuing. We give up sometimes way too soon because we are afraid of being pushed out of our comfort zones. We’re afraid to try and we give up when it get’s too hard. It’s only during the hard times, the struggle, that you get stronger. It’s just like the exercise principle of overload. You must add more resistance and overload the muscle in order to gain strength and hypertrophy (muscle growth).

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7

I’ve been hesitant to share my big decision out of fear; fear of the unknown and fear of my own weakness. Reading the passage above motivated me to not let fear stop me from doing what I have the ability to do. I plan to and I will run my first Half-Marathon (13.1 miles). I’ve been afraid to say it and reluctant to commit to it, but I am going to do it.

November 13 will be the day that I run 13.1 miles.

Fear is a crippling thing, which holds us from our God given potential. Fear causes us to give up on things we want, our hopes and dreams, people and relationships. The enemy fills us with doubt and insecurity but that’s not God’s will at all for our lives. Faith and fear contradict each other. When your body is tired and your mind feels heavy and your heart is overburdened, just think about the overload principle. You get stronger with added resistance. Push past the fatigue and the pain because there is a far greater reward. Where there is faith there can’t be fear. This I know.

Fear is not going to stop me from what I have the ability to do. Running 13.1 miles is not easy and I will definitely be pushing myself past the pain, the fatigue and my self-imposed limits. I’m committed to the goal and I have faith that I will finish. I’m letting go of my fears and claiming what I have a right to because God gave me the ability and the saving grace to succeed.

Follow me on my journey of self-discovery. I’m stepping out on faith and claiming my victory.

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