It’s easy to fight battles when you’re strong. It’s easy to fight when you’re fueled up and free from wounds. But it’s hard to fight when you’re weak and tired—when you feel hopeless and useless.
Yet it’s in those dark moments when our inner strength, our inner light, can shine the brightest regardless of all the weight pushing down on us.
Courage is not proven when you face the enemy horde without fear, but when you do so despite the fear, pressing through with perseverance.
Outwit fear by embracing it
From a science perspective, fear is our mind’s way of warning us of danger, which prepares us for the fight or flight mode. Now I admit there are some situations we need to get away from, but when it comes to negativity, and battling our inner darkness, we must fight.
Fear can often cause us to question our abilities and strengths. Illusionary took so long to finish because I was petrified I wasn’t going to get it right. I kept fearing the possibilities that I wouldn’t be good enough, that my writing talents wouldn’t do the story justice.
But if I keep giving in to that kind of fear, I’ll never get anywhere in life.
Instead of wallowing around in my dark hole named Despair, I chose to have that tormenting fear remind me of the importance of the task ahead. To encourage me to dig deep into my spirit and to put everything I had into the project.
I experience this type of fear on a regular basis because it also ties in with self-doubt. Recently, a young girl asked me a super hard question related to something way outside my comfort zone.
The fear inside of me wanted to duck down into a whole, to ignore the question, and to remain within the boundaries of my safety zone.
However, the warrior inside of me understood the importance of the battle ahead. Someone needed me to assist them in their own battle and I could not—would not!—let them go alone. Instead, I used that fear as fuel to pray hard and study hard, so I could give this young girl the very best of my heart and abilities.
Often when I’m faced with this type of fear I think about all the “what ifs”. What would’ve happened if I allowed the fear to win out? How would this scenario end differently? Fear and negativity seek to steal the blessings that could be in store, to steal monumental victories.
Don’t allow fear to keep you hidden.
Choose to fight! Link arms with your battle buddies and charge into the fray.
Outlast with the key to perseverance
Yeah, fighting fear and outwitting negativity are good and all, but how do you do that when you have no strength left in your body?
How do you get inspired to keep fighting when there’s nothing left to give?
While the answer may not be what you’d like to hear, it’s still a pretty simple one.
Are you ready for it?
We keep fighting by remembering it’s not all about us.
The whole purpose of fighting negativity is to empower, inspire, and treat others better. To make our world a happier and brighter place. To fulfill the greater purpose God has for us.
When we center our focus on the greater purpose—because we’ve all been appointed one—we can drudge up another ounce of strength and willpower to put one foot in front of the other.
Will it be easy?
Oh, goodness no.
Will you win every scrimmage?
Is it worth the battle scars?
Giving up uses energy too
I heard a story several years ago about a man who wanted to swim the Panama Canal. The guy started out strong, but half way through grew weak. He convinced himself that the task at hand was too hard and turned around.
What the poor guy failed to realize was that the same amount of energy it took to turn around and go back, was the same amount of energy needed to reach the end.
If you’re halfway through the battle, don’t give up. Because the energy used to pack up and go home could very well be the energy you need to reach your victory.
The key to keeping up the fight is to remember why you began in the first place. Hang on to that ‘why’, cling to it, and keep pressing onward.
Need a chant?
You can always swipe the chant from Galaxy Quest.
“Never give up. Never surrender!” 😛
I pray you received a blessing from this series, but I must confess I published these blog posts for me. I needed the ongoing reminder of why I must keep fighting, a reminder of my greater purpose.
As an introvert, it took a lot to open up and share my heart this month, and I’m so grateful I did. In publishing this blog series, I overcame some inner battles and will walk away far stronger for it.
Thank you for spending time with me and being a part of my journey. 🙂