Welcome back – we made it! Tonight I’ll wrap up this series with part 9 of my 9-part series reflecting on fears confronted, lessons learned, and progress made – and then taking all that new found wisdom to build a plan for success as we focus forward on the second half of 2013.
There’s a brief recap with links at the end of the post if you want to catch up on parts 1-8.
Choose to be pitiful or powerful, stagnating or thriving…the choice is yours!
So now that we have faced fears, and decided to focus and move forward, what is an effective way to do so? How about initiating solutions?
The word “initiate” means to cause a process or action to start. Solutions, of course, are means to solving problems or dealing with difficult situations. The key here is that initiating solutions requires action on our part – if we aren’t willing to do our part, it’s difficult to reach a reasonable, timely solution.
Here are some more words of wisdom from Joyce Meyer, in Starting Your Day Right, specifically the devotional thought for August 31:
Sometimes we complain about things that we could change if we would stop feeling sorry for ourselves long enough to do something about them.
We can choose to be free or remain in bondage to self-pity. We can choose to be pitiful or powerful.
It’s amazing how many times fear, self-pity, poor self-image, indecision, lack of motivation, procrastination, and numerous other things stop us in our tracks. Instead of moving forward, we fall back–or we just stay still and stagnate. Like that slimy green pond with stagnant water in it–you know that’s a condition you don’t want in your life! I’d much rather find and implement a solution, and allow the fresh water of new ideas and new direction to flow, than sit and become stagnant and pitiful.
So how about you? Now that the second half of 2013 is here, are there any areas of your life that could benefit from you initiating solutions?
I hope you have enjoyed this series on Facing Your Fears and Moving Forward, and can continue to benefit from these posts by bookmarking my blog and checking in from time to time. I’m always happy to have comments and followers as well, and plan to go back and reply over this next week, because I appreciate those of you who take the time to comment. Another thing I plan to do is join AND complete blog challenges throughout the year, such as the current Ultimate Blog Challenge!
**I’m also considering a new series…just popped in my head today, actually:
Preventing Procrastination & Pursuing Purpose
What do you think?**
Here’s the recap on parts 1-8:
*On Friday, 7/5, I reflected on fears that I have faced in 2012 and earlier this year, mentioned how we often fear both the known and the unknown, and reminded us that Jesus knew what it was like to face fear and provided us with an example to follow in how to handle fear.
*On Sunday, 7/7, I discussed how our fears and worries drain our energy and prevent us from enjoying our lives.
*On Monday, 7/8, I addressed how clinging to our past fears and failures often prevent us from moving forward.
*On Tuesday, 7/9, I mentioned Joyce Meyer’s concept of “stepping out to find out” if we’re heading in the right direction.
*On Wednesday, 7/10, I emphasized the importance of not allowing regrets and discouragement to hold us captive to the past.
*On Thursday, 7/11, I suggested we consider Shrug Therapy.
*On Friday, 7/12, I recommended that we FINISH what we START!