Author: Joan B. Mute

…Introspection Time with JBM

LAST week I came across some information that struck my attention from one of the forums. It spoke of some opportunity that was being advertised to those who felt that they had certain sought for talents and skills.

I never wanted to waste any time in trying out the pursuant of the said opportunity, because I have had such deep passion and a dream to be in that arena.

In fact I could not describe the inner hunger in the inside of me that has been crying out and say…’if only there was an opportunity to try out my wings in this field….’. So when that opportunity showed itself, I already had the inner drive to run towards it and embraced it with all my might and vigour. The question is….Was it that simple? Of course not!

What I can confess right here is that alongside the said opportunity were these emotional struggles and FEARS that immediately surrounded me. Fear of failure, fear of becoming overwhelmed, fear of being judged or misunderstood. Whatever kind of fear you may imagine, all I know is that it made me almost change my mind to pursue further.

This write up is for someone out there who could be in the sea of dilemma to make a decision over something, but are demobilised by FEAR. Fear of the unknown!

Is it fear concerning you desire to try out a particular talent, skill, business? Is it fear to go through a certain procedure regarding your health, employment, family? Fear of facing a particular situation or opportunity? What fears are you surrounded with currently?

You see, the moment I allowed fear to well up in me, I realised my dreams and passion was under sabotage. That there was need to revisit that hunger I had to have a certain platform of influence. That proved to be one of the most helpful weapon to confront those fears.

Supported by my faith in the invisible yet powerful God who orders my steps, I realised, truly ‘if you can dream it, you can have it’ as the common adage goes. That fear needed to be confronted otherwise an opportunity to try out my wings at another level was at the verge of being lost.

I confronted my fear by deciding to try it out regardless of the inner battle I had! I made a decision to use my fears as my building block as opposed to being a blocker. Guess what? I succeeded beyond my expectation and got so overwhelmed with the positive outcome!

A lesson to be extracted is that many times we get intimidated by fears of the unknown to try our wings beyond the current nest. Fear stagnates you and many areas of your life. It is fear that leads you to procrastinate, yet there is so much seeds of greatness awaiting to germinate through you if only you can begin to confront your fears.

Remember you have what it takes!

Share with me some of your fears and together we can believe God to grant you the grace to confront that enemy of progress, because You are Unstoppable!

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? “Psalm 27:1(NIV)

For the next version of introspection Time with JBM, check Kalemba every Wednesday.

Author: Joan Beulah Mute, is a Lecturer in Research Methods, Sociology and Law and Ethics in Public Health at the University of Lusaka.

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