Are you having a Red Sea moment?

One of the most powerful stories of the old testament, in my opinion, is when the Israelites came to the Red Sea, and Moses held up his staff, and the waters parted.

With current events, that’s where I think we are now.

The Pharaoh, the 600 chariots, and skilled warriors are coming behind us, that could be represented as fear, uncertainty, worry and doubt. Coming from the potential threat of the virus, the global unrest, stories from the news and all peoples opinions on social media.

The parted water is the path into the future, we know all will be ok when we get to the other side, but them walls of water could fall at any time.

Faith is easy in the good times, but it’s the difficult times that test just how strong it is.

I read something on Twitter the other day, it said:

A true atheist knows that nothing ultimately matters and lives a relatively carefree life. A true believer knows that it’s all in God’s hands and lives a relatively carefree life. A lot of agnostics out there. @naval

So very true. A true believer knows that everything is part of God’s plan.

I can imagine that the best way to have crossed the Red Sea would have been to keep your focus on the other side and walk straight ahead with a fixed gaze.

For those that looked up at the walls of water and turned around from time to time to see if the Pharoah and his army was getting closer, I can imagine it was a terrifying experience, that would have made the crossing 100 times more stressful.

Fast-forwarding to today. All the people that are checking the news regularly, reading every social media post about the virus, the protests, and the looting. Im sure it’s a terrifying experience.

For them, the next 6-8months will be 100 times more stressful.

Im not here to say what is right or wrong; if you are reading this, you are old enough to make your own decisions.

But I guarantee you that if you keep your family and friends close and focus on the other side, planning and working towards the future, learning new skills and maintaining your health. You will come out of this crisis a lot stronger and wiser than you were going in.

Have a good day.

Vicious Cycle Of Social Fear

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Growing up I found it hard to fit in with others, I never knew the right thing to say, so I didn’t say anything.

I don’t remember what was going on in my mind. I think there was this part of me that just wanted to be me. Not do anything and accept myself being shy.

Then there was the other side of me that wanted to be like all the other children, talking and playing with others.

I wanted to interact but didn’t because I was in the vicious cycle of social fear: I am shy —> I want to play with them —> If I play with them, I’m afraid of what they will say about me —> I don’t want to be rejected —> I will not join them because…—> I am shy.

It took many years of going outside my comfort zone to become the person I am today, and it didn’t happen without a constant battle between the shy me and the real me.

Decide to Step out of the Cycle

The only way you can overcome your fears is to make a conscious decision to step out of the cycle. It is not easy to do this if you have grown into the habit of fear.

Fear will tell you that your not good enough, your not smart enough, who are you to do something different?

When these thoughts arise you must turn them around saying the opposite, I am good enough, I am smart enough, and I believe in my abilities.

When you first start speaking words of faith it might seem like is not making that much difference but as the saying goes, repetition is the mother of skill. When you repeat this over and over, in time your image of yourself will change.

Start Small

I never thought I was smart enough, so I started reading. I was drawn to spiritual and motivational books.

Within weeks I had so much more to talk about with people who helped my confidence and self-worth. It’s not that my personality changed, but I was happier and more relaxed.

I began to discover who I was. A miracle of creation. I found that most of what I feared was in my mind. I found out that I was my own worst enemy.

Would you tell a young child that they are useless, lack intelligence and have no talent? No. Of course not. Why then do we do it to ourselves?

The way you view yourself is very important and can determine your destiny.

Like me, you may not think you’re intelligent enough or know what to say. You may be overweight and don’t think that will ever change. Or maybe your in a job you don’t enjoy but can’t see a way out.

Whatever form fear takes to hold you back, decide today that you’re going to take a small step of faith.

That small step could be as simple as doing out a CV/Resume, or walking 30minutes at lunch or reading a book on a subject that interests you.

A Step of Faith Is Taking Small Step in the Right Direction

Facing fear scares people as they think they have to overcome it all at once, but it doesn’t work that way.

Overcoming fear is about taking small steps of faith. Each step is taking you closer and closer to a life without fear.

Take a small step towards your destiny today, and tomorrow, and the next day. And watch the big change it will make.