Giving up fear for lent

Mar 13, 2011 by

This year I’m giving up fear for lent.

I’m not Catholic, but I like the idea of lent.  Each year my wife and I usually give up some of the same things as in years past; soda, TV etc.

This year I thought more about it as I already don’t drink soda, and the TV is always a nice thing to do without to reset for a while, but I was searching for something else.  Something bigger…

So I’m giving up fear…


I told my wife this, and she chuckled, “but you aren’t afraid of anything!”   And thats true for a lot of things, but its not 100% accurate.

In 4 days I’ll be without a job.  I’ve been winding down my work with a great company, and as of the 15th I’ll be unemployed.  Well unemployed in the technical sense.   This time I’ve decided to take this opportunity to start my own businesses.  Yes, plural; multiple businesses.  And that is really scary.

I can easily overwhelm myself with the amount of details and minutia that comes along with choosing that path.  But for the next 40 days I’m giving all of that up.

I won’t let fear paralyze my progress.

I won’t let fear stop me from pursuing this dream.

I won’t let fear tell me that I don’t know what I’m doing.

I won’t let fear stop me.

And the thing is, as I write these words and look at the list above its clear to me that its all bullsh*t.   I know I’ll be fine. In fact I know I’ll be much better than fine.  Without fear I’ll move forward.  Without fear I’ll figure it out.  I always do.

Fear is only as deep as the mind allows.
Japanese Proverb

So the next 40 days are all mine to live without fear.


What is fear holding you back from today?  What would happen if you just gave up that fear and pushed forward?



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