Imagine it:  In a pit.  With a lion.  On a snowy day.

At least it could be a sunny day.  If that was the case at minimum the probability of running and not slipping would be slightly improved.

Yet that wasn’t the situation for Benaiah – as chronicled by Matt Batterson in his book In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day.  It’s a book that presents a challenge to overcome your fears in an effort to step into new opportunities that are waiting for you on the other side.  To take risks.  To trust.  To step out in faith.

Benaiah stepped out in faith to kill a lion on a snowy day.

That gets my blood pumping a bit.

What’s your lion?  What obstacle are you letting stand in your way of something new and great?

George Bernard Shaw said, “People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are.  I don’t believe in circumstances.  The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want. And if they can’t find them, they make them.”

Amen, brother Shaw.

Maybe you’re an administrative assistant who’s a budding author.  Maybe you’re a project manager who wants to be a web developer.  Maybe you could sell ice cream to an eskimo but your co-workers think you “just talk a lot”.  Maybe if you took one step out to lead, you’d find others would follow.

I’m writing this from the System i Developer RPG DB2 Summit conference in Fort Worth, Texas.  It’s a technical conference filled with many who are beyond college, yet still desiring to learn new skills.  Aaron (my hotel roomate) is speaking.  I’m exhibiting.

There happens to be 2 train tracks outside my hotel window.  And wouldn’t you know it, there happens to be trains using them.  Regularly.

So at 4am this morning I got up after laying in bed awake for an hour.  And so did Aaron.

We lugged our techno gadgets down to the first floor assuming we’d be the only hotel lobby patrons.  But Gary the truck driver had been there all night with his book “Java Programming” and his laptop.  We found out soon that Gary was 51, pulling an all-nighter,  and apparently tired of being a truck driver.  It appeared at age 51 it was Gary’s time to slay his lion.  Aaron kneeled with him for over an hour and by the end Gary had written his first Java program.

It’s been said by psychiatrists that we’re born with only two innate fears: the fear of falling and the fear of loud noises.

That means every other fear is learned.

I guess it’s time to unlearn some fears and conquer your lion.

What dream do you want to start accomplishing today?

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