Fear: “an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat.”
Fear controls many aspects of our day-to-day lives. Whether you like it or not, you base your actions and those around you off of some extent of fear and rationality. While this may be of some benefit for survival, many of these thoughts are often improbable and irrational.
The FEAR acronym confronts the fears of failure and dissatisfaction in your life by sidestepping fear altogether. How is this possible? Well, rather than basing our lives off of fear and the approval of others, we are going to base it off a support network of success and accountability.
This acronym may work forwards and backwards, in or out of sequence. While this may be true as life throws many curve balls, it is best to try and start from the beginning and work your way letter by letter.
Fruit is possibly the least excepted word to follow the first letter of FEAR. Many would expect exciting words such as “fortitude” “forward” or “fulfilment.” The word “fruit” is subtle and vague but it has the most important meaning of all the letters.
We must examine the lives that we are leading, physically, mentally and spiritually. The outpouring or “fruit” of our lives are made evident in every aspect we live. Whatever life you live, will be evident by your actions and the words that you say to one another.
Live a life full of quality fruit that is proven worthy upon examination. Examine the strengths and weaknesses in your life and work on them. The dedication to bettering yourself will has positive impacts in your life and those around you. Set a standard for yourself and know why. Set attainable goals.
We all struggle in life, some more than others. We all have different struggles, strengths and weaknesses. Be willing to get out of your comfort zone and be positive. This is very difficult sometimes as we may be struggling with positivity ourselves. However difficult, be the light during someone else's dark situation and help point them to the light. Through the encouragement of a brother of sister, many have been able to accomplish things that were once thought improbable or impossible.
Attempt to rid your vocabulary of negativity and replace them with positivity. Bring out the best in others. Know that just because it is not of your direct interest or ability to achieve something does not mean other cannot.
The dreaded word “accountability” is feared across society. Why do we fear such a thing? If we have made our actions clear, should they be not be held to such a standard? Did we just utter those words to please those around us? Whatever the reasoning may be, be open to accountability partner(s).
Accountability is much like a knife and a sharpening stone. The dull knife thinks it is totally capable of completing the tasks at hand, yet the sharpening stone knows that there is some work to be done. The process of sharpening the blade may be painful at times, but the end results are worth it. The sharpening process may take longer than expected.
Remember to keep each other accountable with positivity and a relative sense based upon their self-expectations. Be open to accountability and adhering to the standards that you have set for yourself. Do not evoke a spirit of fear through accountability, but of love and brotherhood. Be patient and willing to devote oneself to accountability over a long period of time.
Whether fruit examination, encouragement, accountability or whatever may be promoting you: do it. Hollow words and actions are meaningless. We often forget the things that people get for us but remember the way people make us feel.
Be humble in the process. Being humble is a daily reset that we must make despite our achievements. Responding positively to encouragement and accountability may be difficult at times, but this is what growth is all about. Chastisement is often not without purpose.
Keeping a humble and forward-thinking mind will help you to response better to the goals you set for yourself and those around you. Be moldable, malleable.
Fear may drive many of our actions throughout our lives today, but let us put away those feelings for tomorrow. I want to encourage you to find a network of people that have a similar mindset and set of goals. To set your mind on things that are pure and worthy, benefitting every aspect of your life.
Developing a strong network of trust and dependability is a life-changing process. Be strong today, for tomorrow.
Fruit: Matthew 7:15-20, Encourage: 1Thessalonians 5:11, Accountability: Proverbs 27:17
Response: James 1:22
"Our bodies show our lifestyles"
"Your body is a reflection of your lifestyle"
"You are what you eat"
There is a great correlation to the shape of our bodies and the shape of our lifestyles. Society has began to embrace larger statures and sedentary lifestyles like no time before. It is easier to be lazy and eat unhealthy and have no direct penalties or consequences for years of neglect. Medications and easy access to larger clothes help to reinforce our poor decisions year-after-year.
Before we go any further, let's examine the front line that helps to protect our society, Police and Fire. There is a reasonable expectation that those on the units protecting the citizens of the local jurisdictions are able to keep a state of physical preparedness no matter the incident that awaits them. What if I told you that roughly 25% of any agency at any time is unable to perform their job(s) as efficiently as expected? Should this worry you? Why? After all, its the lifestyle that America has embraced.
Being overweight and out of shape has nothing to do with the joy and exuberance of one's personality. It does however have everything to do with the likelihood of that person developing early-onset comorbidities. This strains not only the person's body experiencing the comorbidities, but the families and the health system. Unhealthy lifestyles impact many more people than just the person participating in the unhealthy choices.
We should begin to embrace the thinking that long-term solutions require short-term goals. This means changing the way we do life. Subtle changes bring around the best results for long term adherence. Embracing a healthier lifestyle doesn't mean a total 180˚ overnight but rather an integration of healthier habits over the next 6-12 months.
Skip the desert for 4 nights a week this month. Make it 5 the next month...6 a few months from that. Drink more water. Eat more vegetables. Make a conscious effort to go on a walk. There are many ways to embrace a healthier lifestyle. If things are taken in moderation, your life can be completely changed one year from today. In the big picture of things, it is absolutely worth it.
Expect more from yourself. You are capable and worthy! Life has its up's and down's but we must be overcomers and be more than conquerors.
Time: About Half of Americans Say They're Trying to Lose Weight
NCBI:Obesity and its comorbid conditions
The Simple & Healthy Food Relationship: A Basic Nutrition Guide
Quality Nutrition = Quality Training
Eating smart not only makes your feel better and exercise more efficiently but aids in a lifestyle that is less prone to disease and other health complications.