Are you afraid of looking like a fool for being bold and taking action? I am here to say, count on it – you will be considered a fool.
Yes, I said you WILL. The classic example of this is Peter.
The story is in Matthew 14.
25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
29 “Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
Peter steps out of the boat and walks on the water with Jesus. Peter started to sink and Jesus pulled him up asking him why he had such little faith.
Like me, you probably have heard this story many times, even if you are not a Christian. But every time I hear the story, the focus is on Peter and his lack of faith. In a nutshell we hear “Peter lacked faith and therefore failed.”
But what about the disciples who were still in the boat? We never talk about them. What about their faith? What about their failure?
Think about it. No one but Peter ever has walked on water with Christ – no one. Only one person has shown the faith and boldness to act – all while the others sat in the boat and watched.
Bold Action is the Key
Peter’s story is critical to those looking for work, starting companies, or doing pretty much anything. Yet, way too often we take the timid approach. We get caught up in the fear of what might happen and spend endless amounts of time and energy on planning and second guessing ourselves.
The difference between success and floundering is often one simple thing – action.
So to you, and to me, I say … get out of the boat! Be bold!
In the last year, what has stopped you from getting out of the boat? What will you do different this year?