Key to Greatness 04: Overcoming Fear of Initiation 

It’s wonderful to have backing from the Holy Spirit and the blessing of favor on your quest to achieve greatness. However, wouldn’t that be pretty useless if you do absolutely nothing?
You have this amazing idea. You’re  blessed and favored as a citizen of the kingdom of Heaven. But where would that get you if you don’t take that idea out of your head and into the world?

Imagine if Mark Zukerburg had not actually initiated his vision of Facebook. We would all have to go to the dream world to enjoy it, I guess. 

Your dreams will stay as just dreams until you act on them. Initiate it! That’s my advice to you. 

For most people, the main hindrance to initiation is the fear of trying. It is easy to dream. It’s exhilarating to share your ideas and vision with others; watching them gasp in awe of your creativity  and the glorious results that could emerge. 

When it comes to executing this dream, knees begin to buckle under the weight of fear. You begin to think to yourself, “It seemed so good in my head. Maybe, it’s meant to stay that way.” 

Excuses rise up from nowhere – inadequate funds, rejection, inadequate skills or expertise, not enough time, failure etc. You begin to procrastinate over and over again. 

Dr. Myles Munroe said one time that the cemetery is the wealthiest place in the world. It contains great music that has never been played, inventions that were never realized, revolutionary books that were never written and so on. 

Time should not be a hindering factor because time will pass by anyway. Whatever you choose to do, won’t change time. And as time flows, your age increases along with it and sooner or later, you will meet the cemetery. What then? Will you add to the wealth of the cemetery?

Death comes like a thief and takes so many away when they least expect it. What then happens to their great dreams? Don’t be one of them. The fear of failure won’t be relevant anymore once you’re dead. 

Do not let the fear of failure or rejection hinder you from realizing  your dreams. Life is short. Therefore you must endeavor to make the most out of it and leave an imprint on the earth by fulfilling your calling. 

This was what the billionaire Founder of Spanks, Sarah Blakely had to say concerning failure:

Failure is not the outcome – failure is not trying. Don’t be afraid to fail. 

In the Kingdom of Heaven, fear of failure is likened to little or lack of faith. As a citizen, you have a competitive advantage. The Creator who gave you that dream, implanted within you the ability to cause it to manifest on the earth. Even better, He is indwelling you through His Holy Spirit. 

You have access to all the blessings that Heaven has to offer. Not trying then signifies lack of faith and confidence in what you have in Christ. That doesn’t please God one bit. 
James made it known in His epistles that action reflects your faith.

“You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? 

Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 

You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did.”

‭‭James‬ ‭2:20-22‬ ‭NIV‬‬

James used Abraham as an example. Abraham exhibited his faith in God’s Word by actually carrying it out. Even in the kingdom, it doesn’t take faith alone. Faith requires action. 

You can’t stay where you are and  keep on fasting, praying and believing that God will realize your amazing dreams and ideas for you. Without initiation on your part, you’re giving God nothing to work with in order to produce increase.
Overcome the fear of failure and start working on your gift, dream, passion, calling or ideas. You have not been given the spirit of fear but that of love and sound mind. Let the love of that calling implanted in you by God, drive you to fulfill it at all costs.

You can start by writing your dreams down, breaking them down into milestones (goals) and giving them realistic deadlines. Then you initiate those milestones with good discipline. 

Just by trying, many have been catapulted into success. Sarah Blakely is one good example. It doesn’t mean that failures won’t come. Learn to embrace them and use them as stepping stones to rise higher. Hitting rock bottom leaves you no other way to go but UP! 

That book you’ve always dreamed of writing; that cooking course you’ve dreamed of enrolling; that song always playing in your mind that is waiting to be heard by the world; that software you’ve dreamed of building –  Initiate it!  Trying and failing is better than not trying at all. You’re more than a conqueror in Christ. 
So try and fail; you will eventually succeed and the lessons you’d have learnt would be invaluable for maintaining your success. However, never fail to try. 


Uche Okorie 


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