I am sure this has been said by many great thinkers and a few books have probably been written on this topic alone, but for me this statement is personal. I have used this as my personal mantra to step into the unknown and believe that everything will work out. At every major turning point in my life where I had to make a major decision, I was afraid and feared what I did not know. Despite the fear that I had or that others had for me, I was able to focus on my dreams and not feed into my fear.
When I got accepted into college and did not have a plan in place to get me from one year to the next, I focused on graduation, making my family proud, and completing what I started. When I studied for my nursing boards while working full-time, I focused on passing, making more money, and making the past 5 years of my life worth every moment. When I decided to leave nursing and pursue a legal career, I focused on gaining knowledge, expanding my network, and having access to different opportunities. You have to have a focus and it cannot be your fear.
As I countdown the days to embarking on a new journey, I naturally have fears that run through my mind as I pack, but I only allow them to rest for a moment. I think about it and push it out by thinking of all of the great things that I know are coming and can come from this next opportunity. Many times we begin to discuss our fears with others and allow that negative seed to plant and grow roots in our minds and spirit. That fear keeps you awake at night, it keeps you from making sound decisions, and it keeps you from stepping into your destiny.
Someone recently told me, “You have to be comfortable with being uncomfortable.” Although I initially thought that I hate being uncomfortable, I realized it is only when I am uncomfortable that I actually take the risks that yield great returns. I have been in DC for 11 years and had plans on staying for at least 2 or 3 more. I had to be broken down and detached from my place of comfort, so that my heart would be open for this opportunity. If I would have been presented with this opportunity months ago, I would have turned it down because I would have been waiting for my ideal job. My brokenness, my desire to get back working, and my openness to my personal definition of “ideal” is what allowed me to interview for this position and move my entire family there knowing that this was the right decision for us.
What I have learned over this part of my journey is to Fear NOT. I do not fear because God is with me. I do not fear because my steps are ordered. I do not fear because everything is working together for my good. My faith has sustained me even when my mind could not rationalize my reality. You have to grow through every season, especially the ones that are tough to get through. Many people talk about having tunnel vision but never discuss how hard it is to get through the tunnel to the light. As you walk through the tunnel you have to stay focused on the light and not fear the darkness that surrounds you or your situation.
Do not feed the fear. Let your faith sustain you. Greater has to come. Be you. Do you. Tell your own story. On your own terms.