John Lennon’s, “Happy Xmas (War is Over)” is a song you hear a lot this time of year.
As I was listening to it recently one particular line stuck with me. Lennon and Yoko Ono write about hoping the new year is a good one and then there is a line repeated: “Lets hope its a good one, without any fear.”
I have lived the majority of my life with a hope like he sings about. I hope I don’t have fear. I hope a situation doesn’t rise up which will cause me to be fearful.
It doesn’t work.
If you ever have a year without any fear you aren’t going to accomplish anything in the year. I was recently listening to Michael Hyatt talk about goals and he had this to say:
I know I’m outside of my comfort zone when I feel that little ping in my heart that says I’m afraid. It’s that little bit of, “I might not be able to do this. It might not work out.” That’s an indication to me that I’m on the right path. Another one is uncertainty. “Well, I don’t know how I would accomplish that.” Let me tell you something. In goal setting, identifying the what is way more important than identifying the how.”
I think fear impacts all of us very differently. Maybe accomplishing something this year as small as applying for that job you want but are too scared to submit your application is what you need to do. There are no insignificant steps when it comes to overcoming fear.
I want to encourage you not to wish fear away. Don’t hope for a year without fear, hope for a year of defeating fear. If you have fear about something, particularly a goal you want to accomplish, that is a good thing. It means you are doing something right.
Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you.