Another great book by John Maxwell. It is called failing forward and it is basically about the fear of failure and how it stymies so many people.
We hear this cliche over and over. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results. When I think about this quote I feel like it’s a lot deeper than insanity. It’s the fear of failure.
Psalm 56:4 In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?
You’re already failing at what you’re doing that’s why you keep doing it. (Maybe you’re hoping it’s going to be miraculously different this time) you’re afraid to change and try something else because you might fail at that also.
Below is a thought process out of the fear of failure that I thought was very interesting and telling. The person who wrote this is Portia Nelson
It is called “The Autobiography in five short chapters.”
Chapter 1.1 walk down the street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I fall in. I am lost. I am helpless. It isn’t my fault. It takes forever to find a way out.
Chapter 2.1 walk down the street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I pretend I don’t see it. I fall in again. I can’t believe I am in the same place, but it isn’t my fault. It still takes a long time to get out.
Chapter 3.1 walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I see it is there. I still fall in. It’s a habit. My eyes are open. I know where I am. It is my fault. I get out immediately.
Chapter 4.1 walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I walk around it.
Chapter 5. I walk down another street.
When are you going to go down a different street? How many times are you going to stub your toe before you make a change?
When you choose to accept responsibility for whatever has happened only then have you gone down the different Road
Success on any major scale requires you to accept responsibility…………………. In the final analysis, the one quality that all successful people have is the ability to take on responsibility.
For myself, my fear of failure is often associated with my unbelief and trust in God.
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This is so good Kee. Work is work.. I understand that and I’m so thankful for it but lately I’ve been really hungry for independence… maybe it’s a burnout stage since I’ve been at my job for 25 years. It’s a good job but I believe God is calling me to independence so I can move deeper into His design for me. I see Him work things in me that I know is not me.. but since Quest I realize He has my reigns and I’m so glad. Ps 139:13 kjv but I keep going back to work and I don’t know if I am walking down the same street and falling in a hole due to my attitude or if God is telling me to go down another street…( is this what they call midlife crisis..;) it is a beautiful mess.. but such a wonderful life with Holy Spirit.. I accept that I’m a work in progress and I’m so thankful for your encouragement. Love ya