THE NUMBER #1 REASON people do not succeed.

10629872_10153039016279936_2408602750833971622_nTHE NUMBER #1 REASON people do not succeed.

Strange as it seems, most people do pretty good at knowing what they want. They may even have a good plan to get it. The problem occurs in the moment they need to take that one critical step that puts them over the top. What happens? Consistently, the focus and energy SHIFTS from moving TOWARD the vision and instead the energy refocuses on AVOIDING what they FEAR.

Not surprisingly the thing feared most is failure! Soooo some sort of procrastination or other self sabotaging antic shows up to make sure failure or embarrassment never occurs. Ironically, this pattern guarantees that SUCCESS in the manifestation of the vision never occurs either.

This cycle breaks the moment you discover that 90% of humanity will put more effort into avoiding what they fear than they will in perusing what they really want.

Singles stay single trying to avoid rejection. Employees stay under compensated avoiding the rejection of a raise or negative feedback on their performance. And even Pastors drive away the very people who can build their church out of fear of competition and comparison.

The remedy? SEE THE PATTERN and push past the fear. Everything you want is on the other side of a courageous choice!

What do you think?

Lance

 

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    • Wow I totally agree! Yet you opened the door to clarify what’s was going on. SO nowt that the door is opened and I awakened to this pattern. I’m walking through to my success and dreams in business. Thank You.

      • I agree with Valerie. Now that we know what the problem is we can take steps to change it in our own lives. God is sending solutions in buckets full through dedicated men and women such as Lance. Keep seeking God’s wisdom and sharing it with us Lance, and we will strive to show you it was worth your time. Then we will truly succeed as one!!

    • I think it is one of the more profound statements I have ever heard. Gives me great insight of the strategy of the enemy
      within in me! My God! On the other side of my fear….I Win! I’m going to the other side!

  1. I had this exact conversation with a coaching client yesterday. Not verbatim, of course, but so closely that I could have been repeating what I read in Dr. Wallnau’s post. I suppose I’m on the right track!?! 😉

  2. I think that is unfortunately quite true Lance…along with other factors which lead up to the fears and creating the back off from the courage needed to go forward. There’s a lot of talk about bloodlines right now, so maybe it’s also a defeatist attitude in the blood. Tomorrow however…I am going out to conquer and get my mind right with God and go for what is ahead…having just released an album we need to be full of Holy Spirit boldness !! Ya right on !

  3. OUCH! Did you have to tell the truth so accurately Lance? 🙂
    In my consulting/training business, I routinely help people with issues of fear, rejection etc. and then, (I’m sure I’m the ONLY ONE this happens to…) I struggle with the same issues in my own life. Thanks for the gentle kick in the behind to help us. Blessings!

  4. General Patton understood fear well. He was a CALCULATED RISK-TAKER. He weighed the odds of winning and worked out the strategy FIRST before committing. He was a praying man and kept a note pad and pen beside his bed on his nightstand. Answers would come to him in his sleep to problems he was facing in the day. (We know from scripture God talks to us while we sleep.)

    The famous slapping incident we all remember from the movie isn’t the whole picture. While the fighting in Sicily was hard and rough there were soldiers who were FAKING illness to get off the front lines WHICH WAS A DEATH SENTENCE to the soldiers still fighting. THAT is why Patton…who was within his LEGAL RIGHT to have a man shot for such a thing, slapped the one soldier AND ALSO ANOTHER. After learning the one soldier was actually ill with disintery he apologized to him.

    What the movie doesn’t show you is….Patton DID go to every division and give an ‘apology speech’ just as Eisenhower ordered him to. HOWEVER… When he reached the last division to give his speech something miraculous happened… ALL OF THE MEN STOOD UP AND STARTED YELLING, “NO! NO! NO! NO!….” Patton was so emotionally overcome he sat down and cried. Then left. What was the message? THOSE MEN KNOW THAT IT WASN’T FEAR THEY HAD TO FEAR….IT WAS LETTING THE FEAR OVERCOME THEM AND CAUSE THEM TO NEVER REACH THE GOAL….WHICH IS VICTORY! This and many other truths to just what kind of man General Patton was can be found in Ladislas Farago’s book……Patton: Ordeal and Triumph. If you want it you might be able to find it on Amazon.

  5. Hi Lance,
    Thanks for sharing. I think focus is vital too. If we focus on what can go wrong we’ll create that reality. If we focus on what is possible we’ll create that reality. We need to realize the issue isn’t whether or not we can succeed, but whether or not we’re willing to move forward as if we can’t lose. That’s faith. Fear is the result of a mistaken identity. When we know who we are we’ll act like it and succeed. The moment we lose that focus we make things harder than they need to be. We choose our focus continuously. It doesn’t just happen to us. One step at a time. On day at a time. Each time our confidence builds for greater success, and we learn to trust toward greater action. At some point this becomes more real than the circumstances that we feared.

  6. More quotes from General Patton: “Fear kills more people than death.” “Fear causes people to die when they are thirty but they don’t get buried until they’re 70.”

  7. This is so true! We can start on an appropriate treatment plan now lance has given us a very accurate diagnosis of the #1 reason people do not succeed. Thank you so much Lance! Awesome word! D

  8. Very true. The problem is identifying those patterns when you are in them which is hard to do because you are in them. It is at this time we need to rely on the Holy Spirit.

  9. “I think I love you … so what am I so afraid of … I’m afraid of what I’m not sure of …?” You speak TRUTH that brings revelation knowledge that reverberates our souls while piercing the darkness of the enemy’s camp!

  10. Unfortunately, this is my life too. I’ve been praying to understand how to overcome this deadly pattern in my life! It is time to Break-thru the barriers of fear and take territory for the Kingdom!! How about if those of you that have gained victory over this pattern of fear pray for those of us struggling with it??:-)

  11. Beautifully said Lance. Fear is a device used to stop us from living our lives to the full.
    BUT:
    2 Corinthians 3:17 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
    17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
    I’m standing on this scripture this year and giving myself permission to do unexpectedly courageous things by grace and with freedom.
    Blessings.

  12. This was so powerful! I am in the 4 corners Business Opportunity and have a mail list of leads. I copied this and sent it to them in an email with a link to your page. (I TOTALLY credited it to you my friend) May it bring many to your site and teaching!

    I LOVE following under your teaching. It Annointed. So needed in the business world. Traditional or online your truths are legendary and I am super blessed to be able to use your teachings for myself and my team! God Bless Lance!!

  13. Victory is for me. I’ve waited more than ten years for my Lord Jesus to fulfill his promises to me. He says now is my time in the earth to be all that I am for his kingdom and I receive it. No fear just totally belief in El Shaddi!

  14. I think, I know you’re right. B4 Dr. Myles Munroe was murdered by satan, I was going after the devil and studying what he had done to my family by reading a book titled “HE CAME TO SET THE CAPTIVES FREE”, to gain some understanding of how to deal with the ememy that has plagued my family for so long. Now, I need to get back the momentum I lost when I heard of the premature death of Dr. Munroe and his wife. I felt they were connected bcause every time I’ve started reading that book, something strange happens……like someone dies that I know or have some knowledge of connection to in some way. Yeah! Your right, Dr. Lance. Fear is a paralyzer; especially when you KNOW the enemy is sending you a message. HELP!!!!

    • I think we give the enemy way too much attention and credit. That’s like saying God had no say in Myles Monroe death. I’m going to believe God’s timing was in control. Myles Monroe just graduated to a higher level. We give the enemy power in our lives simply because of fear. And if we’re perfecting our love walk, we have no fear, especially of anything the devil might be doing. He’s a liar and the father of lies. We’re of the spirit of love and faith, not fear, dear sister.

    • Kimberly, if you look at your life, and consider the things that God has brought you through, and think about the things that make you angry and you feel passionate about in the world, you’ll discover what God wants you to change. Because we’re world-changers. Then think of your gifts, because we all have gifts, and decide how you can use your gifts, skills and talents to change the things in the world that are unjust and you hate. I’ve been in your place, not knowing what I want, until someone said these same things to me. Be blessed and go get ’em, girl! It’s your time!

  15. Lance,

    You nailed the number one tactic of the darkness. Sadly it works all too often. But this year it’s time to tun the tables on fear and make fear fear the children of God!! The light wins, always has -always will.

    Thanks

  16. I needed to hear this TODAY. I received my manuscript in book form a couple of weeks ago, and I can’t make myself look at it for fear of mistakes and for fear I might have written something that could be misunderstood. This is confirmation. I WILL finish.

  17. Amazing! Exactly what I am choosing to move past this week. Just by saying YES to even the small things. And not allowing those rejections to hinder my motives to go forth!! Thanks Lance for this note!

  18. WOW, Here I sit bound by fear, knowing that a person I love and care for is bound even tighter than I am by fear and what do I do? I know the promises that God has said to me and that He holds out waiting for me to step out in faith and grasp onto and yet I listen to the voice of man and stand in fear. Who am I to step out in faith? Am I a David, a Noah, an Adam? No, just Kim, listening to the voice of man over the wonderful soft loving voice of God. Sorry this soul is too damaged to believe in anything other than the last words my father ever said to me, “Get out of my sight I cannot stand the color of your eyes, you will never amount to anything.”

    • It is no accident I saw this this morning!! Natural Fathers and others that are important to us, can have the ability to speak into our lives, the hurt, bitterness, anger that is inside of them, but we have to remember who we are really dealing with. John 10:10 AMP The thief comes only in order to steal & kill & destroy. I came that they may have & enjoy life, & have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows). So know that God is our true Father. Psalm 68:5 AMP A father of the fatherless and a judge and protector of the widows is God in His holy habitation. Our heavenly Father can show us the way out of no way. But you are right, you have to listen to the soft voice of our loving Father, rather than the lies of the enemy. What Lance is saying is so true. The most important to remember is 2Timothy 1:7 (KJV) For God hath not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, of love & of a sound mind. Bless U and fight fear with the Word. The Word is truth and it has more power than the negative words a hurt, angry man spoke in fear and frustration. Cancel them out with the love of God. God is love and He loves you and so do I.

      • Mel, copied from a comment that Mindy left for me. Thank you my friend, I am sorry that I spilled my heart out, but it is time to take the garbage out. Blessings and a huge hug!

        Mindy,

        Gracias amiga, many times in my life I have lived as a David and danced before the Lord and rejoiced and fought battles with the Lord as my one and only guiding light. I have lived as a son of the great King and decreed that the devil has no power over me, but I have hidden the fear of my father deep inside of me and for once decided to express it and my very best of friends was guided to Lance´s column and read my inner fears. As one other woman has said I fear men, but not just men, I fear humans and my preference is to live with horses, dogs, cats even a pig over living with another person. My inner self is so damaged from my life as a child that no matter how hard I try to believe that I am right with Christ the lies of satan have been bound so tight some days I cannot even breath. At the age of 4, with my sister only 1 year older than me, my father sold us to a family of a man and his two unwed daughters and the 3 of them raped and molested the two of us 4 – 5 times a day. We were told after each event that we needed to get on our knees and pray to God for forgiveness for our sins. I have believed in the love of God for all my life, for everyone, but could not accept this love for myself until I was 40 years old. That was many years ago, but I still live with the fear of the words of my father, the actions of these three people and the fear that one day, me a so called man of God will come face to face with one or more of the videos that were taken of me as a child. That fear cripples me and yet I reach out to children to teach them not to fear and to be strong and to love the Lord with all their heart. I strive to teach men the value of a woman in their lives and how important they are and how their soft and gentle nature can in my mind even cure the common cold, or maybe more to the point cold feet. ( a little humor still left in the old guy) I strive to teach men that they need to be an example in the house and in the workforce, but the words of my father ring so loud in my heart that I am paralyzed in this fear.

        It has only been in the last 5 years, since I moved from Canada to live in Colombia that I have started to really face these fears. It is not easy being all alone in a strange country with a strange language and a culture so different from what I am used to. It is forcing me to look at who I am, who I want to be and what I need to do to change. I wish I was the man of God that I want to be and that God wants me to be, but the sad truth is that I am human and that I fail in this area of my life.

        I need some of that old time conditioner where the lady on the commercial says, “I’m going to wash that man right out of my hair.” It would be easy if it was possible because at my current age I have very little hair to wash, but it is not that easy. God, I know you hear my cry and I know that Psalm 88 is my life story, and I know that in the end I will see you in Glory; but right now today I need your arms of love, courage,reassurance and more in my life. Come to me as have yearned for my early father to have done even once in my life, come to me and hold me.

        I know the high and mighty people do not want to read or hear my story and it is a shame that we and I include myself in this long list, but that we as Christians look down at the wee people. The truth in my mind is that the Church needs to be more of a hospital, where the word of God is a balm, a blessing and act of restoration, rather than a weapon to wound and destroy others. Thank you Mindy and Melody, you are my M&M’s for today.

        Delicious,
        kj

        • Why did you go back to south America when I paid $2000+ to get you here? If it’s so difficult being alone in a foreign country why go back? I don’t understand. Hope you’re safe.

  19. Joshua 1:9 “Be strong and courageous. Don’t tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go!” He has our back, when I step out over the chicken line, and take the risk, He will back me up.

    Being filled with the Spirit, speaking in Tongues, gets me out of the flesh, too, where the Supernatural confidence fills me. When I DO this, it makes all the difference for me.

    • Josh 1:9 has been my scripture this past few months as I work through the fear of failure or embarrassment.
      There are so many people out there with great abilities and we let fear place a ceiling on what we can really be. So much of this fear comes at us because we really don’t see who we really are – children of the Most High God. We don’t have to be slaves to fear.

  20. Only one fear I know and it is the ‘Fear of the Lord’, written all through scripture. If anyone has a healthy appreciation of the ‘Fear of the Lord’, then obedience is the only question. Am I going to follow the Lord or not? Difference between a committed Christian, who think he/she as a choice. A surrendered Christian who has no choice. Giving up free will is extremely hard to the flesh. Jesus only did what He saw the Father doing. Seems to me we are greatly distracted by the world and its influence and teaching. Prince of the air has done a pretty good job in laying and influencing how we react in the natural. Need to move from the natural into the supernatural and see (hear/read) things, so we are guided/positioned to the voice or prompting of the Father of Light through the Holy Spirit. Lead by the Spirit I believe it is called, which still requires us to make a decision to do something.

  21. Kim,
    I am so sorry for what your dad said to you! I acknowledge the pain and woundedness of your soul. But you are so loved in the Beloved and HE has an awesome plan and purpose for your life! I want you to know YOU are VALUED and highly favored as a daughter of the King! I decree the Lord will heal every wounded part of your heart and create in you a NEW HEART! I send love and a big hug to you! Mindy

    • Mindy,

      Gracias amiga, many times in my life I have lived as a David and danced before the Lord and rejoiced and fought battles with the Lord as my one and only guiding light. I have lived as a son of the great King and decreed that the devil has no power over me, but I have hidden the fear of my father deep inside of me and for once decided to express it and my very best of friends was guided to Lance´s column and read my inner fears. As one other woman has said I fear men, but not just men, I fear humans and my preference is to live with horses, dogs, cats even a pig over living with another person. My inner self is so damaged from my life as a child that no matter how hard I try to believe that I am right with Christ the lies of satan have been bound so tight some days I cannot even breath. At the age of 4, with my sister only 1 year older than me, my father sold us to a family of a man and his two unwed daughters and the 3 of them raped and molested the two of us 4 – 5 times a day. We were told after each event that we needed to get on our knees and pray to God for forgiveness for our sins. I have believed in the love of God for all my life, for everyone, but could not accept this love for myself until I was 40 years old. That was many years ago, but I still live with the fear of the words of my father, the actions of these three people and the fear that one day, me a so called man of God will come face to face with one or more of the videos that were taken of me as a child. That fear cripples me and yet I reach out to children to teach them not to fear and to be strong and to love the Lord with all their heart. I strive to teach men the value of a woman in their lives and how important they are and how their soft and gentle nature can in my mind even cure the common cold, or maybe more to the point cold feet. ( a little humor still left in the old guy) I strive to teach men that they need to be an example in the house and in the workforce, but the words of my father ring so loud in my heart that I am paralyzed in this fear.

      It has only been in the last 5 years, since I moved from Canada to live in Colombia that I have started to really face these fears. It is not easy being all alone in a strange country with a strange language and a culture so different from what I am used to. It is forcing me to look at who I am, who I want to be and what I need to do to change. I wish I was the man of God that I want to be and that God wants me to be, but the sad truth is that I am human and that I fail in this area of my life.

      I need some of that old time conditioner where the lady on the commercial says, “I’m going to wash that man right out of my hair.” It would be easy if it was possible because at my current age I have very little hair to wash, but it is not that easy. God, I know you hear my cry and I know that Psalm 88 is my life story, and I know that in the end I will see you in Glory; but right now today I need your arms of love, courage,reassurance and more in my life. Come to me as have yearned for my early father to have done even once in my life, come to me and hold me.

      I know the high and mighty people do not want to read or hear my story and it is a shame that we and I include myself in this long list, but that we as Christians look down at the wee people. The truth in my mind is that the Church needs to be more of a hospital, where the word of God is a balm, a blessing and act of restoration, rather than a weapon to wound and destroy others. Thank you Mindy and Melody, you are my M&M’s for today.

      Delicious,
      kj

  22. Lance, To use one word this message means or speaks to me of “JUMP” which is ALL I have ever known.
    God speaks and I jump without all the finances I need or a good plan, just go where God has told me to go. I believe I have gone thru the Greatest test I have ever known, everything & everyone(important people) saying for me to go this way; but I sensing a ‘RESTRAINT’ OF GOD. Your message here kind of pulled at my heart but I believe a specific obedience MUST be done first before that restraint is lifted. Your message is right on, absolutely true, however, every individual must know for themselves what God is saying to them.
    I have wanted to write and comment on other things Lance but didn’t have the time or wondered if you would even see it. Let me take this opportunity to tell you that I believe I WILL BE one of the intercessors of GOZ that come to your house for the powerful prayer meeting.
    I am soooo happy that you are writing your book. Paul Keith Davis propheized at the GOZ Hebrew Celebration(Sept.) that a biblical revelation(definitely in the bible) which has been obscured and hidden for a Specific time & a specific people. Paul said this revelation will COME FORTH from GOZ. This was spoken Friday afternoon when I was at an interview for this specific apartment I want in Denton; I did not get to hear the message until after the meetings were over, on my way home to Florida. Before Sunday morning’s service I laid down two copies of the revelation God gave me on Chuck’s seat, one for him & the other for Keith. THEN the GREATEST TEST I HAVE EVER BEEN THRU HAPPENED. I believe I should not go any further except to make it clear that the revelation was not outwardly rejected nor was I personally spoken to but very, very much prophesy came forth to direct me BUT NO, NO, NO INWARD WITNESS WITHIN ME. I BELIEVE TIMING WAS OFF, BECAUSE OF MY DISOBEDIENCE IN ONE AREA–A JUKE FOOD ADDITION THAT IS NO LAUGHING MATTER. I am a thin person but anything can be an idol.
    Lance this revelation is THE ANSWER FOR THE ‘HARBENGER’, IT IS THE HOPE AND POWER FOR AMERICA, EVEN THOUGH SHE WILL & MUST BE SHAKEN TO BRING HER TO REPENTANCE. THE GREATEST REPENTANCE FROM THE CHURCH WILL COME FORTH, & AFTERWARDS THE GREATEST POWER SHE HAS KNOW WILL COME FORTH. ALLLLLL GLORY TO OUR LORD & SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST.
    OH HOW I WOULD HAVE ENJOYED KNOWING YOU WHEN YOU WERE A PASTOR, DO YOU THINK YOU MAY GET BACK TO THAT IN THE FUTURE. OH, IF THE SHAKINGS THAT THE LORD SAYS HE MUST MAKE BRING US BACK TO A MORE SIMPLE LIFE, YOU MIGHT HAVE MORE TIME. I am sure there are many of us who would be willing to share you with the world. That was just a little way of saying that I value the True Godly Character that you possess, You are Special Indeed and the wonderful part is we all can give ourselves to Our Glorious God & uniquely display is AWESOME CHARCTER, GLORY & BEAUTY. MY G R E A T E S T H O P E!!! THANKS SOOOOOO MUCH FOR THE MAN THAT YOU ARE! With Utmost Sincerity, Mary Frances Joyce

    • Mary,
      After reading your thoughts I was able to breath out in relief. I have a dream, I have birthed the dream in the spirit relm, and I have designed, business planned, dreamed and drooled in the natural. Yet God has not brought the dream into reality yet because there is character to be developed through the dark night of the spirit, soul and body…I am not afraid but chomping at the bit to move forward but God has not yet released me to move into, so I have gently placed it to one side for his work to complete as I let him do the inner work in me and rest in his timing because I do not want to get ahead of God I want to join him, side by side….hardest thing to do is wait when the heart wants to jump!

  23. So true! Great scene from “We bought a Zoo” sums it up: “You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.”

    Thanks for all your insights and timely posts! Much appreciated.

  24. Thank you for reminding me why & how I’ve gotten to be 50 years old and still single, no dating and no prospects. After two failed marriages less than 5 years each. The thought of ever believing what a man has to say is crippling. I don’t trust them, nor do I trust myself to trust them. When the hurt has been so deep, it’s hard not to fear that it will happen again.

  25. Oooooo Lance , so timely! So I’m awake at 4 this morning being given a one on one from the Holy Spirit on faith and how it’s about what flows from you, a ‘place’ you live from not about what flows TO you; showing me Jesus, who is our perfect example of how to live by faith. Then I’m up and I see your post. Ive been taxiing on the runway avoiding taking off in the next phase of my business for all the reasons you mentioned. Thanks for the slap over the head. I’m reminded of captain winters balling at his troup in Band of Brothers when they scarpered into a ditch ….”KEEP MOVING”

  26. These are extremely true words, Lance, and hit the nail on the head. As Christians, when we think about our potential to become successful through our giftings and God’s great power working through us, it helps to work towards a deeper understanding of “perfect love casts out fear.” Our fear of failure is carnal in nature in that the negative backlashes to our courageous attempts come from the world system and the fall. The closer we come to and pursue an intimate relationship with Christ, the more we receive His love, and the more we step up in faith, trusting Him to lead, inspire, direct, and guide, the more we give opportunity for Him to show His great faithfulness to us in the area of success. This experiential walk with Christ imparts the manifested truth of His Word to us. If God be for us, who can be against us? It won’t matter because we will step out with the greatest Father, King, and Comforter of all time; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These will not be mere words to us because we will KNOW the truth like I know my husband and my friends. Christ working in us to set us free to be all He has created us to be. The only way up in the beginning is on shaky knee casting all our cares on Him who is able to see us through. It helps to have a few human cheer leaders on your team to stay the course of courage when fear comes again to destroy the vision. Love and support from a team is essential; we can’t walk this supernatural path to success without others.

  27. Hi Lance, very good word! May we be able to stir up the courage to push through the fear factor. I hear the verse “He who began a good work in you is faithful to complete it.” May we learn to rest in that and believe GOD’s words to push through the fear. The phase that has been predominate in my life and our business’s direction here lately is “Stay the Course”. That maybe an applicable word for some others out there.

    Blessings to you and your family!

    Denise K Phillips

  28. Behind every fear is a lie. Deal with the lie and the fear will fly. The truth will become your weapon to make others free. What Satan intended for evil, God will turn to good.

  29. Once again – bro – you hit the nail on the head. I tell people all the time that the fear of something is worse than the thing itself.
    Fear keeps you from ever finding out if you could have won, done, accomplished or made a difference.
    I see it in my own life as well – from time to time. So keep pressing forward and if you have to – drag us along with!
    God bless you Lance.
    Julie B.

  30. What do I think? I think answers from a minister should generally be in Scriptural terminology so that the people listening can compare the minister’s words to the Word of God and find either verification or rebuttal.

    I don’t appreciate “re-wording” truth so that no one can locate it in the Bible. It might help someone make a name for himself, but Jesus said that if He is lifted up, He will draw all men to Himself.

    His Word also tells us that He lifts up one and puts down another. It seems to me that people should focus more on honoring and obeying God and put their trust in Him to instruct and promote them. The fear leaves when we hear the Lord say, “Do this…”

  31. I love this, Lance. We can confirm that much of what we’re most excited about in the Pacific Northwest House of Prayer movement truly lines up with your revelation. We are right at the cliff, ready to step off, knowing we can’t let fear be a decisive factor in what we do next. You’re word is so encouraging. I’m going to share it with my fellow leaders. Thanks!

  32. We Win! Either we get in the race and trust God or we sit on the sidelines and allow our gift to be used for something and for someone other than what God intended. In the past I too have felt fearful of failure, but what I continually absorb is “the victory is mine,” Success can never be attained by sitting of the side, we must get in the trenches and go for it. If we remember to first seek the kingdom of God and all His righteousness and if we remember to trust and not lean on our own understanding then we allow the Holy Spirit to guide us as we commit our works to the Lord, we will be confident in our daily labor. The outcome is not a measurement of who we are so if we are unsuccessful in our efforts, it’s simply a matter of recalculation and obtaining wise counsel as we are commanded to do. Remember, we are not meant to be islands trying to figure everything out on our own so take advantage of the numerous resources we have access to. i’m so thankful to you Lance for answering the call and providing this valuable resource. To God be the glory.

  33. As a black belt in Innovation Engineering(TM) it is my job to coach people to dissolve fears by doing the math. Most times the fears are overstated and can be blown away. Other times they are real death threats and need to be managed or avoided by making a new plan. Either way we fail fast and fail cheap rather than be paralyzed and put aside our vision to innovate. Doug Hall has stated it this way:
    Meaningfully Unique innovations are driven forward by Increasing stimulus to the brain, multiplied by the level of diversity (of perspectives) and are driven backward by the level of fear.
    S^D
    MU = _________
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  34. Yes, this has happened to me repeatedly. Thanks for pointing it out. In the dozen days since I first read this, I’ve seen my procrastination mostly evaporate. Why fear failure when it can be such a valuable sign post on the road to success?

  35. Lance,
    This is a timely post for me.
    Recently I discovered that what had been masquerading in my life as a fear of failure was actually a fear of success; because to excel was to be prideful. Better to maintain a level of mediocrity than risk standing out as exceptional. This led to a number of lies about myself that I had been choosing to believe. That I wasn’t good enough. That I had nothing of value to anyone. That nobody even noticed me. These false beliefs formed the box in which I lived my life.
    I think to follow up with what you were saying about focus, too much energy is spent trying to expand the box we live in. Instead, we should be focused on LIVING OUTSIDE THE BOX ENTIRELY. The box will always be there, but outside the box is the person created you to be.
    Because outside my box I am a bold, confident, victorious man.

  36. Wow, I totally disagree. The problem is not fear but a post modern world view, specifically on what is defined as success. The world will say that relationships, money, status, appearance etc define success, but scripture disagrees. Fear is not a factor when you have a Biblical perspective on what is important and what is success.