June 30, 2016

Fighting Anxiety: Top Example

“Just because it hasn’t been done doesn’t mean it can’t be done.”—Joyce Meyer

We get anxious. We may wonder how we will ever overcome our difficult past. It’s hard to expect good things when we have known only struggle. The truth is that we will never rise above our expectations. Therefore, it’s important to not allow negative feelings to hijack our minds at any time.

Quotes on Conquering Emotions

“What do you know, not think or feel?”—Joyce Meyer (emphasis mine)
“Emotions may be helpful or hurtful, but they’re always changing.”—Joyce Meyer
“You only fail when you stop trying”—Boost of Positivity
“We often live our lives paralyzed with fear of ‘what if’. In doing so, we completely miss out on ‘what is’.”—Angela Porisky-Khan

From an excellent article on themiracleforest.com:

“These little movies we play in our heads, they portray scenarios that haven’t happened yet. We all know that. They show us what might happen. The chance that they will come to pass is extremely unlikely, still it is so hard not to believe them.” (emphasis mine)
“It takes an enormous amount of self-knowledge and self-discipline to be able to rise above our fears.”

Hannibal Barca: a man who Knew no Fear

“The man who can conquer his own thoughts, feelings, and emotions can conquer the world.”--Hannibal

(You know; the one with the elephants.) He is considered to be one of the greatest military commanders of all time; certainly one of the most brilliant tacticians. He was a Punic military commander from Carthage. This was a city founded by the Phoenicians. Historians believe it to be modern-day Tunis in Tunisia.

The timeline is 218 BCE. Rome was the major power in the world. They had conquered most of the Mediterranean basin and Western Europe—which was most of the known world at the time. Still, Rome wasn’t known for her navy as much as her army. The Phoenicians, on the other hand, were strong sailors.

This group of people was originally from Africa, which, needless to say, is a hot continent. They weren’t used to weather variations.

Hannibal was living on the Iberian Peninsula at the time (modern Spain and Portugal). Imagine the surprise when Hannibal stunned even his own people with his suicidal plans to attack Rome itself (In fact, Hannibal lost thousands of troops.):

  • Unite formerly feuding “barbarian” clans against Rome (thousands of them).
  • Attack by land, not sea.
  • Cross the Alps during the late summer and fall.
  • Use elephants. (?!)
This brilliant commander never made it to Rome itself, but he fought three battles in Italy. His tactics were so successful that his nemesis, General Scipio, studied them and used them against him. That happened when Scipio invaded Carthage about fourteen years later.

My Conclusion

Anxiety is a common part of life for most of us, yet it accomplishes nothing. Often, the unpleasant outcomes we envision don’t happen, anyways. In order to accomplish huge goals, we must rise above our surface emotions and TRUST GOD.

“Trying to prove God is like trying to defend a lion. He doesn’t need your help. Just unlock the cage.”—Jason Petty
“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” Psalm 55:22 (NIV)

Please see more about rising above expectations in my book: Accept No Trash Talk: Overcoming the Odds.

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