By, Lance Moericke
In David Lynch’s 1984 Sci-Fi classic Dune, the main character Paul is having some issues with self-doubt. His family has to move to a new planet and he’s anxious about what his role is going to be. During his training he has to keep reminding himself that “fear is the mind killer.” And you know what, he’s right.
Fear is one of the most lethal killers in the history of the human race.
Relationships, dreams, finances, goals and pretty much anything to do with creativity, have all been victims of fear. Why? Fear is the mind killer.
As I started thinking about the role fear has played in my life I started to realize that fear can have a positive effect as well. Bravery, Heroism, Strength, Confidence can all be a by-product of fear. Because without fear all of these things would be a moot point. (Or if your Joey Tribbiani, a moo point. Like a cow’s opinion.)
Overcoming a fear can give you confidence and strength you didn’t even know you had. But you have to try, and that can be hard.
I hate roller coasters. Seriously. I’m getting scared just thinking about them. When I was a youth pastor I took some teens from our church on a youth trip to Kansas. One night for entertainment, we went to Worlds of Fun, an amusement park in Kansas City. The teenage boys convinced me to go on this ride called “the patriot” and they would not let me back out. The line was about fifteen minutes long and it was the longest fifteen minutes of my life. I was terrified. On the outside I played it cool and macho but on the inside I was crying and I just wanted to run away and hide. The attendant strapped me in and everyone was smiling and laughing and all I kept thinking was this is it. This is how I’m going to die. 2 minutes and 18 seconds later, I was still alive. I don’t think I opened my eyes the whole time and my voice may have hit some octaves I didn’t know I had, but I survived and the fear was gone.
I faced a fear and it was great and liberating all at the same time. I was terrified but I did it anyway. I’ve used that experience to help me in other areas of my life and I wouldn’t ever take it back. What fears are holding you back today? Ask yourself, what if I just faced them head-on? What would that like? Courage? Bravery? Confidence? Don’t let fear be your mind killer. Because when you face it, it won’t last forever.
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
Lance Moericke is one of the Men in the Den here at Big Blue Couch™ Coaching, LLC. He hosts our weekly podcast show, Courageous Nation™, writes for our blog, and he is married to Miss Maddie.