We seem to be inundated by fear these days. This whole year could be described as a year of fear. As my nephew Nate describes, our world seems to be run by a phobic plague.

So this fear can paralyze us and make us feel like we’re trapped.

But step back with me in time. Specifically the time the television show The Waltons was set in.

A couple of years ago I watched The Waltons while working. It’s so wholesome and refreshing!

One episode particularly stood out to me. It was about a 40 year old African-American woman who asked John-Boy for help in learning how to read and write so she could attend her daughter’s college graduation without shame.

She started to use a misunderstanding to get out of the lessons and then realized she had been wrong and asked John-Boy to give her another chance, which he gladly did.

This story reminds me of how we often let fear hold us back. We find excuses. We procrastinate. We sabotage ourselves.

Why is that?

It’s often because we lack confidence or we don’t think we’re worthy.

Now as aspiring or established business owners, this can be problematic to say the least.

How do I know all this?

From personal experience.

For years I thought that I didn’t matter. That nobody cared what I had to say. I thought that I wasn’t worthy of success and I suffered from horrible self-rejection and at times self-hatred. I lacked confidence for many years.

But throughout these years God grew me up. And He did it fastest through entrepreneurialism.

I am overcoming my fear and doing things I would have never imagined.

Including publishing entrepreneurial curriculum based on my experience as a graphic designer and publisher. Starting a Live Action Role Playing program and even acting! And my favorite pasttime—“big footing” with my son and turning that experience into a YouTube channel!

So what about you? What’s holding you back? What are you afraid of? What do you need help with?

You are more than welcome to hit reply and tell me!

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In the meantime, check out my nephew’s book The 7 Core Fears of a Born Again Christian. Now more than ever it’s important to understand what (or whom) we need to fear and what (or who) we DON’T need to fear! Click here to purchase from Amazon.

 

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Storm and sunset.

By Kevin Carden

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