BEING BRAVE: Pastor Deane Good says success-seekers have nothing to fear but fear itself.
WHAT are you afraid of? For some people, fear of failure and fear of not being good enough proves debilitating and life-threatening. But Florida-based Christian minister Deane Good, a motivational speaker and life coach, says there is nothing to fear but fear itself.
“You have to really understand what fear is all about,” he argues. Breaking it down, Good says FEAR is a sneaky acronym with two meanings: Forget Everything And Run and Forget Everything And Recover. What’s your choice?
Those who choose flight over fight, the pastor says, will be running for the rest of their lives. “There are people who have these gifts, but fear of failure, fear of the past, will cause them to run away and abort the mission and not discover the purpose that God has for them,” he explains.
But those who choose to fight for their future and bounce back from setback after setback are destined to achieve greatness. “Those who choose to recover, they are the people who say, ‘Come hell or high water, I’m going to complete the purpose that God has for me,’” Good points out. “They are the success stories because those people are coachable and trainable. They are willing to fight for what’s theirs.”
As we embark on a New Year’s journey, one that will no doubt be filled with challenge and change, Good’s message for Jamaicans is simple: choose purpose and passion and say a firm goodbye to fear. “Some people have something kicking inside them, and they don’t know what it is,” he says. There’s no better time than the present, Good believes, for the kind of self-discovery that will further open the door to purpose and endless possibilities.