What are you afraid of? I want you to really think long and hard about your fears and what is stopping you from becoming the greatest version of yourself.

Is it low self-esteem? What about self-doubt? Fear of the unknown, fear of failure or fear of success?

Is it something someone said in your childhood that has taken root in your life and now your very existence, your greatness is being choked out by weeds and you have no idea.

Or is it the “What If” syndrome? You know, a condition where you make up all the reasons in your head about why you shouldn’t do something because you are uncertain about what may happen: What if it doesn’t work? What if I fail? What if I succeed then what?

I have experienced a combination of all the above; however, I had to realize that I wasn’t created to just exist.

I was created for more. For a purpose.

My life would impact the lives of others just because I was born.

So many times we allow our past to define our present and future as if we have no control over the story we are writing called our life.

Decide today to change your life map. So, what could you change today and where would you start?

When I made the decision to change my life, I started with my mindset and my core beliefs.

I decided that I mattered and I’m worthy of everything that is in my life and everything to come.  But before I could make that decision, I had to take the time to really discover and uproot negative core beliefs about myself.

I had to receive healing for what was broken. I had to realize that everything I was dealing with was due to a lack of faith. That is why I was afraid. I didn’t believe the Father could use me in a mighty way.

There is something very powerful about a made-up mind and knowing, not just believing.

For example, let’s take the woman with the issue of blood. She knew that if she could just touch the hem of Christ’s garment she would be made whole.

She didn’t care about the ridicule or being embarrassed. Her need was greater than superficial things – she didn’t just need to be healed in the physical, she needed healing emotionally and spiritually as well.

Just imagine the rejection and isolation she had to endure because of her condition.

How many times was she shun away like a stray dog and looked upon with disgust?

She needed to know, not just believe, the Father was real and concerned about her. Her healing had to manifest – so she kept pressing.

Now let’s consider at the parable of the man lying by the pool of Bethesda. He waited for others to make him whole.

He was dependent and didn’t believe that he could get the healing he needed. He allowed circumstances to become his excuses for why he couldn’t be healed. He had to wait for the Savior to come and challenge his belief before he moved into action.

In both examples, each party was healed; however, one was proactive while the other was reactive.

One took matters into her own hands to go after what she knew she rightfully deserved and was her birthright, while the other sat and waited for the right moment, the right time and someone else to do it for him.

Does this sound familiar? Is it resonating with you?

Decide today who you are going to be. Are you going to wait for someone else to give you an opportunity or are you going to create your own?

Are you going to allow excuses and fear of the unknown keep you from your birthright or are you going to jump KNOWING He is guiding your footsteps?

Remember, “…The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.” (Psalm 37:23)

Make the commitment to yourself to end the “what if” syndrome and take the first step. Your future self will thank you for it and the many lives you are called to impact.

Janna B. is a wife, an entrepreneur, a giver, philanthropist and a mother of two little ones who are firecrackers. She enjoys talking with people and understanding their heart, their dreams and their passions. Find Janna B. online at jannab.com and on social media at @jannabspeaks.

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