For the One Feeling the Fear and Doing It Anyway

Here’s what I’ve learned the hard way: Brave doesn’t feel brave. It feels like a pounding heart and racing thoughts, nervousness sitting in your stomach like a stone, questions knocking on the door of your mind in the dark after the lights are off.

Fear stands in the road to your dreams, goals, and what you long for most. If you wait for it to move, you may wait forever. Instead look it in the eyes and say, “I am going anyway.” Fear is only a problem when it keeps you stuck. It’s a terrible guide, but a decent messenger.

Fear will tell you what matters to you most.
It will point out potential threats along the way.
It will make you pay attention and lean in hard to Jesus.

“Do not fear,” says God. When you look at the places where those words appear, they are spoken most often to someone already afraid. Soldiers going into battle. Humans encountering angels. People called to take bold steps of faith. “Do not fear” is not a rebuke; it is a reassurance.

Reframe: Fear doesn’t mean you’re going to fail. It means that something really matters to you.

It is also not a demand to never experience fear. The God who wove our fight-or-flight system into being for our survival knows we startle easily. He is not condemning of our bodies when they are scared, just as you would not condemn a toddler frightened of the dark.

Fear only has as much power as you give it. If you let it stop you, it will. If you let it convince you the dream is impossible, it will be. If you listen to its voice above all others, it will never stop shouting.

Every person who has ever done something that mattered has felt fear. Some wear it on their faces, where we can see. Many hide it under smiles or achievements, a new pair of shoes or an Instagram filter. But it’s always there. No one gets a pass or an exception.

The worst thing fear can do to you is make you believe everything it says is true. Call its bluff, do the things you were born to do. Take the risk. Say the words. Walk the world with your heart wide open.

Fear is not going anywhere—but you are.


About Holley

About Holley

Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author and Life Coach

I like humans, words, and good coffee. And I’d love to help you beat what’s holding you back, become all you’re created to be, and kick butt for the greater good.

Cheering you on,


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