“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and love, and a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7)
Whether it’s something little, like an exhausting day at work, or something big, like a life-altering medical diagnosis or the loss of someone close to us, we all experience hardships. It may be difficult to muster the bravery and strength necessary to keep a brave face in the face of adversity. However, the Bible encourages us as Christians to help us get through tough times. This is your year to shine; here is your moment to show that you are the courageous person everyone always knew you were!
According to Psalms 56:3; “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.” The new year should be a time to trust God more, look ahead, and set goals, not worry about the unknown. We have the power to shape the year and make it one of the best. Although the coming months bring uncertainty, they can also bring a powerful opportunity to cultivate a mindset of being fearless and courageous.
Make 2023 Amazing by believing in yourself, visualizing success, taking small steps, seeking help, staying positive, and celebrating your accomplishments. With these tools, you can find the strength and courage you need to make this year a powerful one. “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” (Jeremiah 29:11).
Here are some tips on how to live a new year without fear.
Reframe your mindset: Whenever you feel a wave of fear, remind yourself that you don’t need to be afraid, and replace that fear with a thought that acknowledges your courage and strength. Make peace with the past, spend time reflecting on the past year and take time to forgive yourself for any mistakes that you may have made.
“…but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:2)
Don’t underestimate the power of positivity, staying focused on all the amazing possibilities that await you can help you stay motivated and inspired all year long. Believing in yourself is the foundation for finding the strength and courage you need to make 2023 amazing. Whenever you are feeling unsure of yourself, remind yourself of your capabilities.
Take time to plan: Make sure you have a plan for the year ahead. This will help you to focus on the goals you would like to achieve and the changes you would like to make. Visualizing success can give you the spark of courage you need to move forward. Close your eyes and imagine yourself in the New Year. Where are you? What are you doing? How do you feel? Allow yourself to become energized by this positive mental image.
Focus on what you can control: Don’t worry about the things you can’t change and focus on the things you can. Stay positive, and don’t let fear or negativity stop you from achieving your goals. “A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9). Stay positive and focused on the good things in your life and the changes you want to make.
Take risks: The new year is a great time to embrace change and take risks that can lead to growth. Cultivate courage and spend some time each day reflecting on what it means to be courageous and how you can move beyond fear.
Psalms 23:4; “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”
Remind yourself of the times you overcame a challenge with courage and strength. Instead of worrying about the entire journey ahead of you, focus on the present moment. Take small, manageable steps in the direction of what you want to achieve, and watch how these add up to something big over time.
Step out of your comfort zone and try something new: Challenge yourself, set goals and challenges that will require you to step out of your comfort zone and grow. For example; you can: Take an online course. Learn a new language. Take a sculpture class. Try a new sport. Go on a random road trip. Test out your green thumb by starting a vegetable garden. Try a new type of cuisine. Go on a nature walk and observe the surroundings. Visit a local farm or plant nursery, and many more. Always remember the word of the Lord in Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
Find your support network: Find supportive people who will be there to help you when times get tough. Knowing you have a strong support system will give you the strength and courage you need to take on any challenge that may come your way.
Proverbs 27:17; “Iron sharpeneth iron; so, a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.”
Surround yourself with positive people and spend time with people who make you feel good and who are positive and supportive. Avoid those who bring fear and negativity into your life. Whether it be from a friend or a professional, don’t be afraid to ask for the help and support you need. This can make it easier to stay strong and courageous and will provide you with a valuable sounding board as you move toward your goals.
Practice self-care: Take time for yourself to rest, relax, and do activities that bring you joy. Make sure to take care of your mental and physical health and permit yourself to take a break from the challenges of life. “For ye are bought with a price: therefore, glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). Make sure you take time to look after yourself this new year. Spend time doing things that make you feel relaxed and happy.
Celebrate your accomplishments: Whenever you take a step in the right direction, take a moment to celebrate your accomplishments. This will remind you that while challenges may arise, you have the inner strength and courage to overcome them.
Luke 15:32; “It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy…” Take time to recognize and celebrate your accomplishments, no matter how big or small. This could be as simple as taking a few moments to reflect after completing a task or project or celebrating a major milestone with friends and family. Celebrating your accomplishments helps you recognize and appreciate your hard work, which can be just as important as the recognition you receive from others.
2023 can be a fantastic year, but it’s up to you to make it happen. Don’t be afraid to take risks, be creative and make bold moves. By replacing fear with courage and a positive mindset, you can greet the new year with optimism and confidence. So, take action, and don’t let fear hold you back from achieving your goals. You have the power to make the new year a success without fear. Preparation and positivity are the keys to a wonderful and fearless new year. Joshua 1:9: “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”
Friend, I hope you have learned one or two things through this piece, let’s continue the conversation in the comment section. Remain blessed!