A few weeks ago, comedian Kev on Stage uploaded a video about starting before you’re ready. The context originated from his personal trainer encouraging him to push through his workout. Kev took that phrase and gave his followers a good ol’ National Baptist Convention fused with Holy Convocation message (watch the full message here).
Fueled by Fear Over Faith
So many people have a great idea or a really dope goal, but they wait for this self-proclaimed “perfect time” to start on it. Spoiler alert: I’m not exempt here.
“I’m not ready yet. I’ll go back to school after my 6 year old kid graduates high school.”
“It’s Tuesday. I’ll start eating right and exercising on Sunday.” (speaking from personal experience on this example… every week… including this week.)
Why do we (again, I’m included in the “we” here) wait for this magical “perfect” moment before we start working on our dreams? I know in my case, I’m afraid of success. I’ll give you a minute to let that sink in for a second.
Remember, I’m not exempt here.
You see, I prepared myself for everything that can go wrong, but never program myself to expect things to go right. My fear kick my faith’s ass time and time again. I can’t even count the number of times I sat in my war room and promised that I’ll start X once I reach Y because I was simply too afraid to win. This happens with my health, with my business, with my finances, and with other personal goals.
“I’ll just wait until this other thing I’m procrastinating about is done.” This has been my mentality for at least the last six years.
I used to literally let fear kick my faith’s ass time and time again.
Let’s rewind to the night before I saw Kev’s video. That evening before bed, I had a long talk with God, and then with my fiancé, about turning 30 and how disappointed I was about not being where I wanted to be in life. My fiancé comforted me but God checked me.
The reality check – faith over fear
I was quickly reminded of WHY I haven’t received what I wanted in life. I thought about a few bloggers and influencers that I look up to (hey @Mattie James and @SJR), and the only difference between them and me is that THEY STARTED. I was still waiting on the perfect moment before I got started. They CREATED their perfect moment; they chose faith over fear. Meanwhile, I was still making negotiations with God.
Me to God: Okay God. I’ll start my YouTube channel when I lose 30 pounds.
Also me: Then I’ll really get serious about my blog when you send me an abundance of about 10K engaged followers on Instagram.
— if God had an eye roll, cue it toward me here —
I was using this as an unhealthy excuse to run away from my true fear of getting things done and really evoke confident in what I do. I’ll say it again – success scared me. At this point, I knew my struggle, but how could I really choose faith over fear when it comes to my own dreams? Naturally, I said that once I had the answer to that question, I’d really put work into by blog and my brand.
How do I really choose faith over fear when it comes to my own dreams?
So while I was reading the bible this morning, I came across Joshua 1:9. This scripture always resonated with me because my son, Joshua, was stillborn on the 19th of June. This scripture gave me the clarity I needed, and the encouragement to start before I was ready.
I want to encourage all my readers to simply start before you’re ready. Choosing faith over fear shows God that you’re trusting Him to direct your path, right into your destiny. Don’t wait for the perfect moment to begin working on your dreams. Trust me, the perfect moment ain’t coming sis. Make THIS moment perfect, and get to work. Drop some goals in the comments and tell me what you’re getting done today.
I love y’all for real.