FEAR of the unknown may be holding you back, but it doesn't have to be that way. Try and imagine the end result if you could just use that fear as fuel. That would transform just about every metaphor about fear, and turn it into a fairytale.

Many see FAILURE as a stop sign, yet it could just be a yield, or a go slow through the next neighborhood of uncertainty sign. I equate these failures as steps through the pond of life. The trick is to jump right back up on the lily pad, access the situation, and leap forward.

Most importantly, your FAITH will provide to you your moral compass. Do you have the knowledge and confidence that God has your back? When your FAITH is aligned with the understanding that FEAR and FAILURE are necessary components of your journey – you will have all the tools you need to skip, jump, run, walk, LEAP across the big pond of life.

If you are in need, as I am, for a positive message, after a bitter and far too long political season – then this is the show for you. Please meet an extraordinary woman with a powerful message…

Dr. Shannon Warden is an assistant teaching professor at Wake Forest University where she teaches in the graduate counseling program. Shannon counsels children, families, young adults, women, She is the director of counseling and director of women’s ministries at Triad Baptist Church in Kernersville, North Carolina.

For Further Insight:
Dr. Warden's Website, http://shannonwarden.com
The Blog, http://shannonwarden.com/blog/
E-book, Repurposing Fears & Failures
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Here is a good checklist and reminder from Dr. Warden's e-book.

• I am not good enough.
• People will not accept me.
• People will let me down.
• People will hurt me.
• I can’t accomplish my goals.
• I don’t know what I’m doing.
• I will never feel normal.
• No one loves me.
• My loved ones might leave me.
• I will never be able to love again.
• I will let my loved ones down.
• I might embarrass myself or others.
• I will never live up to people’s expectations.
• I can’t provide for or protect my family.
• God will not forgive me.

• I am impatient and try to control others.
• I let my anger get the best of me.
• My kids hate me because I expect too much of them.
• I say hurtful things to my spouse.
• My spouse divorced me.
• I lied.
• I ignored my family and friends’ warnings.
• If I had partied less, things would be different.
• I should have chosen a different job.
• I’ve lost some good jobs.
• I took what was not mine to take.
• I should have managed my money differently.
• I had an abortion.
• I have been unsuccessful with so many workout and diet plans.
• My addiction ruined my life.