Fear of adversity destroys capacity for prosperity. When prosperity comes, you're so afraid of losing it that you have absolutely no capacity to enjoy it. You hoard it, you guard it and you worry about it. You stash it all away for a rainy day, and all of that is a manifestation of no capacity for life. Therefore, you do not enjoy prosperity when it comes.
Fear is the enemy of the PPOG since it is evidence of a lack of virtue-love. Fear makes you depend on others. Yet the Church-age believer cannot think, apply doctrine, or solve problems through the mind of another believer. You must have the doctrine in your own soul, and solve your own problems. To the extent that you depend upon others for your spiritual application to life, you are not executing the PPOG. People are simply afraid of too many things. The fear of being wrong, of making a mistake, or being criticized is the prime inhibitor of the creative process in all of us. Winners are those people who make a habit of doing the things losers are uncomfortable doing. Fear of failure must never be a reason not to try something. To live in fear of failure means you never take any chances. Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live. The greatest test of courage is to endure defeat without losing heart.
Teddy Roosevelt said it best: "It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, fails while daring greatly. Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat." - Teddy Roosevelt
Abraham Lincoln’s life was a testimony to the ability to press on despite past failure:
In 1831 he failed miserably in business.
In 1832 he was defeated for legislature.
In 1833 he failed again in business.
In 1834 he was elected to legislature.
In 1835 his sweetheart died.
In 1836 he had a nervous breakdown.
In 1838 he was defeated for speaker of the house.
In 1840 he was defeated for elector.
In 1843 he was defeated for congress.
In 1846 he was defeated for senate.
In 1848 he was again defeated for congress.
In 1855 he was defeated for senate.
In 1856 he was defeated for vice-president.
In 1858 he was defeated for senate.
In 1860 he was elected president.
He said "I do the very best I know how, the very best I can, and I mean to keep doing so" -Abraham Lincoln.
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