What is your Fear? Are you afraid of the dark?
Frightened to take risks because of the fear of failure?
Scared of the uncertainties of the future?
Darkness is oftentimes associated with nasty monsters, creepy villains, and scary demons. Fear of the dark frequently is rooted from childhood experiences.
Fear of failures is one of the major reasons why even a very capable employee would not volunteer for an upcoming Project. He would rather choose to be silent and would just go with the flow, hoping that someday his manager would just suddenly notice him and appoint him to lead a Project.
A saying goes like this, "No one knows what the future holds." That is an accurate statement! Really, no one could predict exactly what the future may bring. These uncertainties might cause anxiety and fear to creep into you slowly every day, if not addressed properly.
How should you respond to your Fears, Failures, and the Future?
Maloi Malibiran-Salumbides, a Radio Announcer of 702 DZAS (FEBC Philippines), wrote in her article in "Protips" on July 29, 2014 Tips on How to Conquer Your Fears, Failures and the Future.
1. The best way to respond to your fears is this: Face Everything And Rise. Napakaraming uri ng phobia. May takot maligo, ang tawag diyan ay ablutophobia. Alam mo bang mayroon ding may takot na yumaman ang tawag naman sa phobia na iyan ay plutophobia. Ang takot naman na matuto ay may sophophobia. Many of our fears are irrational pero may mga takot din naman na bunga ng traumatic na karanasan. Kung pababayaan mo ang iyong takot na ma-overpower ka, marami kang mami-miss na opportunities sa iyong trabaho. Maraming magagandang karanasan ang hindi mo masusubukan. Kaya, face your fears and rise above them. There are different kinds of phobia.
2. The best way to respond to failures: Learn from them and move-on. Marami na tayong inspiration dito. Nariyan si Manny Pacquiao na ilang beses ng natalo sa laban pero palagi pa rin bumabangon, natututo buhat sa kanyang pagkatalo at nagwawaging muli. Mistakes can be our best teachers. Conquering our failures can be our best accomplishment. Pagdating sa failure, learn from them, try again and move-on.
3. The best way to respond to the uncertainties of the future: Be still and learn to trust. Magtiwala sa Diyos na nakaaalam kung ano ang nasa hinaharap. Magtiwala din sa iyong team na makakatulong mo sa iyong trabaho. Magtiwala sa iyong sarili at sa mga karanasan at kakayahang ibinigay sa iyo ng Diyos. Sabi nga ng awit, "I don't know about tomorrow but I know who holds my hand." Kung ang Diyos ang iyong pinagkakatiwalaan, kahit ang mga bagay na hindi mo alam ay di dapat maging dahilan upang mangamba.
But don't you know that there is a healthy kind of fear?
"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction." - Proverbs 1:7
If you fear the Lord, the Creator of everything, you won't need to be afraid of any created thing.
Even if you fail, you know that "all things work together for the good of those who love God..."
And though you are not certain of what the future holds, you are sure who holds the future - the One who is the Beginning and the End, Jesus Christ, and He promised to never leave you nor forsake you.
God's amazing grace is calling upon you, lay down your fears unto Jesus, by faith acknowledge that you need Him. Turn away from your sins. The truth is, we all do need God.
© 2015 Erickson Ibana
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