I've been the leader of a running group for about 6 months. I can't tell you how many times being apart of this group has gotten me up out of my warm bed and out the door. One weekend a few months back a new runner showed up to run with us. She shared with me it's always been her desire to be a runner. She had silently watched our posts in our Facebook group and longed to join us on a run.
Fear of the unknown had kept her from coming out week after week. Not knowing what to expect-would she end up walking alone? What would the women in the group think of her if she showed up for a running group and walked the entire time?
Fear circled through her mind.
But it wasn't until she made a decision that everything changed. It's the decision we all have to make.
Cliche? I know, but still true.
This quote captures a fear many of us share-the fear of starting. We're afraid to make the first of many steps we know we will have to take. Why?
In certain areas of your life when you begin to think about where you are now and where you want to be, it's overwhelming to imagine what it will take to reach your destination.
What do we do instead?
We make excuses.
We procrastinate and we hope that the desire will go away.
We fear starting something that we aren't even sure we can finish. Counting the cost or determining if we can finish before we start is scriptural,
After all, who wants to pour their heart and soul into something and not see the results from it? So what do we do, we make half-hearted attempts and when we don't see the results we want, we say "See. I knew this wouldn't work. I knew it wouldn't happen for me."
The only way to truly succeed is to go all in. Don't hold back. Go after it with all of your heart, because all of your heart is what it will take. Fully commit with the expectation that regardless of the outcome, you will be better.
Courage gets us started. It gets us to the starting line but commitment carries us through to the end. I've seen it time and time again not just in the lives of others but in my own life. I've been afraid to start, but once I get going I also start to fear the commitment.
Consider your own life. What area of your life have you been afraid to go all in and the outcome has been what you feared?