Fear is a Liar (avoid letting it affect your money and career in 2020!)

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Fear.. it is a liar.

It will rob you. It will rob you of your present and your future. It will steal the joy awaiting your career and finances.

Have you felt robbed before?

Maybe you witnessed the theft right before your very eyes.

Shoot, perhaps you allowed it to happen because you believed that the pain of losing the thing was more comfortable than the pain required to stop it.

You are not alone…I have, and so have most of my clients.

And like my clients and me, you probably have also met fear’s cousins — anxiety, worry, and distress?

Fear and its cousins are a dysfunctional family. If you experienced any dysfunction at Christmastime, let me encourage you to not usher in anymore into the new year.

Well, folks, 2020 is here, and it is time. Time to crush the fear and know, live, and love the purpose for your career and finances.

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Already in Fear in the New Year?

But Brian, you don’t understand, I am already starting the new year in fear.
Maybe you are starting this way because you are currently.
  • living paycheck to paycheck
  • shackled in debt
  • not prepared to pay for college
  • out of work
  • stuck in a job you hate
  • are fighting with your significant other about finances
  • and the list goes on
These reasons (or excuses), can keep us frustrated with the past, stuck in the present, and fearful of the future.
These ill emotions, perspectives, and paradigms can make 2020 seem just like all the other years…

Daily Diet of Motion

But we must all take steps daily to break out of the grip of fear.
Take steps daily.
Not all steps today, but take steps daily!
…Did you get that?
…Did I?
Get out your planner, phone, day-timer, post-it note, or whatever, and write this In it.
A daily diet of motion builds momentum.
         – Brian Horvath

Perfectionism and Procrastination

Personally, I struggle with perfectionism. The more I think about it, I actually struggle with procrastination.
Ultimately, my perfectionism IS procrastination rooted in fear.
  • Fear of the unknown
  • Fear of pain
  • Fear of not having enough time
  • Fear of not having enough money
  • Fear of being rejected
  • Fear of being made fun of
  • Fear of losing influence
  • Fear of missing out (FOMO)
  • The worst one…Fear of Failure

This procrastination, rooted in fear, keeps me from knowing, living, and loving my purpose, and it thwarts my leadership effectiveness.

Listed below are some things any of us may try to do or don’t do as a result of fear.

Serving people quickly and effectively…We avoid making a phone call because we think it will take too long, and really it’s a quick question needing to be answered.

Loving our spouse…means we need to plan a significant event or get the perfect gift when all they desire is quality time (and not with us being on the phone)

Investing time with our children…does not mean we need to go on an expensive excursion or invest large sums of money when really, what is desired is a hug or being available to answer a question they have.

Apologizing to someone we offended…we try to gather the perfect words to make an impact and come out unscathed (also known as “its not my fault” syndrome), so we avoid the conversation altogether.

Staring a new business…We see a problem needing solving, but we don’t know how to launch a business or run one. We don’t have a website, logo, or money to buy Facebook ads. People aren’t going to buy what I need for me to be profitable. As a matter of fact, I don’t even know if I am good at sales. I am only one person and should just forget it.

Getting out of debt… Many family’s don’t want to give up the luxuries they have come to expect. They are ok with continuing minimum debt payments even though they are consistently living paycheck-to-paycheck.

Building a money plan/budget…We would agree a money plan would help, but we tried in the past, and it didn’t work out. Many simply accept a lie that they are not good with money and hold onto a limiting belief that this is just how its going to be. As a matter of fact, because of a failure or lack of know-how, people hate and don’t respect money and wish they didn’t even have to use it.

These attitudes and mindsets can cripple us and keep us right where we are today…. Afraid and stuck!

Remember this –> You were made with and for a purpose.

The Good News

Alas, I bring good news!

You don’t have to remain in this place. 2020 can be a year of change, renewed vision, and passion. (Btw, if you are reading this and the new year is not so new anymore, you don’t need to wait for the next ball to drop!)

I was reading an email today about fear and failure, from Robert Kiyosaki, best-selling author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad.

I loved it and want to share it with you! It will help anyone who wants to ditch the dysfunctional family of fear, its cousins (worry, anxiety, and distress) as well as perfectionism and procrastination.Here is the excerpt from the Rich Dad, Robert:

“TIP: If you do nothing, you learn nothing. If you learn nothing, you remain poor. So remember, the only way you can fail is to fail to do something.

Every time you think you can’t do something. Someone else thinks they can.

There are so many great ideas out there that don’t go into reality because of doubt and fear of one’s own power and faith… So please do not allow the fear of failing to come between you and your financial freedom. Failing is essential to success.”

Fear is a Liar

And one more breath of encouragement from Zach Williams, whose best-selling song is that for a reason. Fear will rear its ugly, God-forsaken head and when it does remember….

Fear, he is a liar
He will take your breath
Stop you in your steps
Fear he is a liar
He will rob your rest
Steal your happiness
Cast your fear in the fire
‘Cause fear he is a liarZach Williams, “Fear is a Liar”
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A Challenge for You

I would like to challenge you to join me in 2020 and cast fear into the fire….where it belongs! Send me a note and say, “I’m with you!” I would like to pray for you and your 2020.

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