Overcoming Hurdles in Life
There have been many moments in my life where I have been afraid. Moments that seemed nearly impossible that I never expected to overcome. Faith has taught me that nothing is impossible “For the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, fear not; I will help thee.” (Isaiah 41:13) An example of fear that I overcame in my life would be presentations.
I remember as a child presenting in front of my classmates and my face going bright red. My voice beginning to shake and my hands sweating so much that I would begin frantically wiping them onto my pants. I feel like this overwhelming fear carried over into my young adult years. I remember thinking before every presentation just before my name was called…is it too late to run? Where is the nearest exit?!
As I got older, I began reading more and more of the Bible. Therein, I came across this quote, “Be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10) Equipped with the promise from this verse, proper preparation, knowing the audience you are presenting to, and, of course, lots of practice truly changed my fears.
Indeed, recently, I was able to demonstrate how I overcame my fear when completing a required consulting project. Here, I worked for a real company which required a presentation at the end of the semester in front of both the clients I worked for and the numerous stakeholders involved in the project. Although, admittedly, I still get the recurring butterfly feeling in my stomach, standing up in front of complete strangers does not seem so terrifying anymore.
Remember to keep in mind that a successful presentation still includes being prepared, knowing your audience and lots of practice! However, more importantly, the real key to success is being able to incorporate God into our daily lives/activities even if it’s saying a quick prayer or verse before the presentation.
What fear(s) have you faced and how did you overcome it?