Leave Your Fears Behind

The Fear Of Success

This morning, I had a conversation with a lady about how her daughter was suffering in her heart… because she qualified for a team that her friends did not make.

This is a time when she should be upside down with happiness, yet she’s terrified about this promotion… in the fear of how it could make everyone else feel.

This conversation reminds me of a section from my book…

Make Me A Legend

From Chapter 15: Bow Lower As You Climb Higher

Beware, the Fear of Success…

As we learn to appreciate deep humiliation, we tend to feel safe in our brokenness. If we are not very careful, we may find ourselves preferring a life of continual suffering. We may shun success through the fear of pride. This is the anti-biblical belief that says: As long as we are always in some kind of unbearable conflict and so messed up that nobody else will have us, then we will always be perfectly united with Christ.

Believe it or not, many people fear success more than they fear failure.

Give a person a huge success—challenge the person with power and decorate him or her with honor—then we shall see what that person is really made of.

I think everyone knows this and it is a very big reason too many goodhearted people settle with a safe and manageable dream.

We are not afraid that God might think too little of us, but that He may be counting on us to step up and save the world!

We hope that we are called to be legends, and we spend years dreaming of a legend’s future—but when God says “now,” we run away and hide.

A few years ago, when I was about halfway through this book, I went through several months of hating myself for the filthy sins of my dark past life. I glanced forward with prophetic eyes and sensed that I was racing forward too fast to stop. It hit me like a ton of bricks when I heard God say to me, “Chuck, this is going to happen! Your future is not a far-fetched dream anymore. That future is now! Over the next few years, I am going point you out—and the whole world is going to feel the warmth of your light.”

Instead of being excited with this reality, I fell into a miserable depression. I stopped writing, toned down my speaking gift, and stopped doing anything powerful that might further expand my influence.

I told God I had changed my mind because I no longer felt worthy of His high calling. I asked Him to remove His power from my heart and leave me to an average future.

I told Him that I would certainly fail, so He better give my dream to someone else.

God was gracious to me during that breakdown. He gave me plenty of time to pray, meditate on His Word, and rest. Then, finally, when I was in a position to hear from Him again, I received a phone call from an old real estate partner and friend—Robert Michon. He asked me what I was doing those days, and he said he wanted the whole truth; so I held nothing back.

Thank God, Rob listened to me cry for an hour or more and then he spoke. His brilliant words and persuasive attitude rescued my dying dream that day.

He said to me, “Chuck, God has given you a gift—a wonderful, beautiful gift! The Big Guy has chosen you to rescue people out of this suffering world. You cannot hide your light under a bushel just because you’re scared of all that power. People are right now crying out for your book and everything else you’re called to give them. I know you’re afraid of what might happen, and you’re afraid of failing, but those people deserve your blessing. So get back in the race, run as fast as you can, and don’t look back again!”

Still, the fear of success creeps up every now and then. When it does, I think back to that conversation, and I stare fear in the face—and I lay everything on the line again for my dream of a better tomorrow.

You can do the same!

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that frightens us most. We ask ourselves, “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and famous?” Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in all of us. And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. (Our Deepest Fear, by Marianne Williamson)

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Until you overcome this “deepest fear,” you will always unconsciously assassinate your God-sized dream in the hopes of preserving your humility. You will keep shunning high success and wishing instead for a lowly life of poverty and rejection.

I call this the trap of playing it safe.

There is so much to risk—and yet, you and I are stuck with this tameless passion in our sacred hearts.

We want to run away to the safety of a no-challenge life and yet we are driven with a dream that matters!

We are positive there is a way to change the world and not lose ourselves doing it.

There has to be a way of holding on to love. There has to be a way of catapulting today’s humble posture forward—even into the most prominent earthly arenas.

Heck yeah, we can succeed without becoming the biggest jerk in town! We can head our billion-dollar companies, sit in high political seats, and even run for president or prime minister—all without having to forfeit our values.

I just know there is a way to shrug off the bloodthirsty mobs and every lurking temptation. There is a way to manage millions of dollars without making it lord. I honestly believe that we can change the world.

Either we stay right here try our best to play it safe, and we hurry up and burn this book and turn down our beauty so we never have to worry about standing out.

Or, we can take a holy risk—and if we fall, then at least we will never be like the “man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.”

We will know that:
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena (and we will be that person in the arena), whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at worse, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat. (Theodore Roosevelt)

As for me, I cannot bear the thought of living little when I was born to stand out!

Can you?

We should not think up a run-of-the-mill dream for ourselves, because we fear potential failure!

If you and I were created for something big, then we should never duck away from God when He smiles in our direction.

Instead, we should do everything we can to run our best race with honor, endurance, and a very impressive finish!

We must never forget that even at our very best, we are still just a men or women. Yes, we definitely want to feel the pressure of accountability to God for the way we represent Him.

We just have to keep on reminding ourselves that we are not God, and we will never be big enough to shoulder His Kingdom.

We are mortal. We are weak. But still, we are called for big things!

Knowing this frees us to try and fail, and try and fail again—as people stepping out for God.

I hope this message encourages you today!

God has given YOU a gift—a wonderful, beautiful gift! The Big Guy is asking YOU to help someone (many someones) in this suffering world. I know you’re terrified about the haters, and you’re afraid of falling flat on your face, but people need YOU. They pray for YOU to rise. They long for YOUR rescue. So get back in the race, run as fast as you can, and don’t look back again!

Your thoughts?

If you haven’t read Make Me A Legend, you can order your signed copy today. If you can’t afford it, we will mail you a free copy.

Dream Big,

Chuck Basamo

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16 thoughts on “Leave Your Fears Behind

  1. Ahem… I think a lot of us pray and pray and pray for God to show us his will for our life and get frustrated when we don’t get what we ask for. Once God releases a bit of information we freak out.

    I agree there are many who do not feel like they are qualified or worth the great things God has for them. I think fear does set in and there is a lot of complacency that sets in. Only because we fear failure and success.

    We would rather be tied to the normal and comfortable things than jump and see what happens. Some people don’t think they are hearing correctly and fear judgement and rejection from there peers too.

    Just random thoughts!

  2. lol I like that you said that we can serve in high positions in government such as prime ministers and presidents without losing our values….. uh I worked in Washington and that was very hard to do if possible at all in Sodom and Gomorrah up there. Pride is the biggest thing that Satan wants to use against us. I agree with you completely- so many Christians are settling for less and not stepping out in faith to do higher and bigger things. But I don’t necessarily believe that what God calls us to will all be met with high praise from others or materialize into monetary success. The important thing is are we being obedient and faithful to what God called us to? And that’s what success is in his eyes. I struggle with doubt and yes the ‘I am not worthy enough I beset you Lord’ conversation over and over and it can be a broken record easily that Satan will try to wrap me around with. But when people are blessed like you Chuck, and have a record to show on it, I think that shows God’s glory even more in your life and should be shared with everyone too.

    • Sean, very true, the key is faithfulness to God’s purpose for our lives. Sometimes, it takes another person to remind us how much God loves us… and how proud he is of us. I want to be that other person for you today. Sean, you might not be doing everything perfectly… but it’s so plain to see how much you love Jesus, and how eager you are to do His will for your life. Be encouraged today friend. I’m praying for your joy in the journey… and for your success today and forever. Thanks also for encouraging me. You are a blessing. Love you pal.

  3. Thanks for sharing this message, Chuck! I completely agree. I am bold in my prayers and believe God to do wonderful works through me. But the moment He tells me to move I cower in fear. I just had an opportunity a couple weeks ago that I was afraid to accept. My instant response was “Oh no! I can’t do that yet! I’m still learning.” I’ve been learning for 11 years. I think it’s time to lay down my fear and do what God wants me to do. Thanks for the reminder. It was a blessing to me! You have a wonderful heart for the Lord! He’s reaching so many people through you. Thanks for pressing on and obeying God. God bless you and your family:)

    • Amanda, I would love to know what it is that God wants you to do. I would love to know what your predominant dream is. I bet it’s amazing!

      Everything starts with a crystal clear dream. Then a written plan. Then a daily schedule. Then action, commitment, endurance… and a legendary focus on your dream.

      To get there, you’ll need to focus on the ends rather than the means. You don’t have to know how you’re going to get there, but you need to know where you want to go.

      It is crucial to have a crystal clear picture of what you want to accomplish. Operate with a sharply defined mental image of the outcome you seek.

      Rivet your attention on that spot where you are to land at the end of your quantum leap. Visualize your arrival.

      When you do that, it’s like you magnetize yourself to the ways and means involved in the methodology of getting there. The solutions begin to appear. Answers come to you.

      I’m often praying for your success, knowing that God created you for something much bigger… and THIS is only the beginning for you.

    • Hazel, your dreams are BIG. I love to cheer for you, because I’m one million percent positive that you will WIN. You are a champion, a winner! Read my reply to Author Amanda Beth… it’ll work for you too. 😉

  4. Powerful thoughts, some i need to come back and read again. I have thought and felt, on the brink of a major breakthrough accomplishment, “Is this really me?” Good message of encouragement.

    And thanks to Author Amanda Beth for promoting this on fb.

    • Warren, I would love to know more about your D R E A M. Please read my reply to Amanda, it’ll work for you too. Thank you for taking the time to encourage me today. God bless you friend!!

  5. After being told I had to resign or be fired from teaching, I resigned humbly. But….through the years I’ve questioned everything and still to this day I do not know what God’s will is for my life. I get overwhelmed, but continue to study His word and rely on Him. I am thankful to God that He put Randy in my life as my cheerleader and comforter without Randy I would totally give up…without my relationship with Jesus I would just give up completely. Thank you for your blog and continueing to press us forward in God.

    • Nuala, I really feel like God is reaching out to you this morning. Wow, I read your comment and felt it so strong, deep down in my heart. You have a big heart. I know that God is not finished with you yet. I’m praying for you, that the years of agony will soon turn to full resurrection… that you will emerge as a new creature. We love you and Randy. Keep smiling. 🙂