Is fear your decision maker?

Do you have this idea of being brave as being the same as not being afraid? I realise that I sometimes still have that belief deep inside. Bravery is something we talk a lot about in my house. Fear and anxiety are daily companions for my daughter and I know their companionship well myself. I know that being brave is not about how I am feeling most of the time. It is about not letting fear be the decision maker. There may be many valid reasons for a decision not to do something. I don’t ever want fear to be the deciding factor for me or my girl.
I give a talk for MOPS groups called “Do It Scared: lessons from my journey with fear”. It is in essence about bravery. Most of the seemingly brave moments and decisions in my life have been made despite fear. I have battled panic attacks and nausea to get through to what I know is a good choice and the right next step for me. If I allowed fear to make that choice, I wouldn’t be in the positions I am now, I wouldn’t ever get up in front of groups of people and speak and I certainly wouldn’t be writing for the world to see.

How is fear stopping you? Have you allowed it to be the decision maker? I pray that you will be brave and not let fear rule.

Inspired by the Five Minute Friday prompt word: brave. It was written by Five Minute Friday guidelines- five minutes of free write without editing. Making this series achievable this week!
This post is part of a series for Write 31 Days called “For Your Encouragement.” I am taking requests from readers on what they want encouragement about and responding to the best of my ability. I would love to hear from you.

You can read the rest of the posts in this series here.