This morning I read a post by Jon Acuff (I read all his stuff, and you should too) called Failure Is a Day, Not a Destiny. Here is the link:
The article talks about the role fear plays in our lives. It talks about how fear is a prophet, but speaks only doom. What it says about us becomes our reality if we listen.
Words have power. The encouragement or the insults we speak over others can have grand effects, whether those effects were our intention or not.
The same is true for self-talk. For years, I allowed the thoughts of “I can’t” and “I’ll fail” to chill inside my mind like little friends. Whenever I was faced with a challenge, they were the first to show up and didn’t allow any other thoughts to enter.
However, there was something that I didn’t realize: I have a lot more control over my thoughts than I had allowed myself to believe. I am not destined to live with these little friends forever. Therefore, I came up with a new phrase and I give it colorful invitations every day into my mind.
“I will do it, and I will do it well.”
Turns out this phrase is a lot stronger than the other two. When true confidence is invited in, fear realizes that it can’t shout as loud. As I have faced challenges with the belief that I will do it and do it well, I have found that I can. And when I fall short in some areas, I learn from those moments and do it better the next time. Because of this, fear consistently walks out the door, because it’s not going to stick around where no one is listening.
It’s not to say that we won’t have failures. The more risks we take, the more failures we are going to have, but we will also have more successes. I don’t want to get to the end of my life and wonder what I could have done with my moments and my years. I want to reach the end thanking God for the wild adventure we took together.
I want to inspire people, and yes I have people that I look up to who are putting things out there that challenge and encourage (like Jon Acuff). However, I refuse to let the old thoughts of, “I could never do something like that” to enter my mind any longer. I can do that and I will do that, starting today. That’s the truth. So I invite my new friend in again to say: “I will do it, and I will do it well.” Period. Have a nice day.