Jenna Bartlett encourages everyone to live by the famous Nike slogan: Just do it!

I want to talk about Nike for a second. I love anything Nike—running shoes, sweatshirts, sweatpants, RUNNING SHOES. Not only does the brand always come through with some ridiculously awesome clothing, its message of, “Just Do It” may be simple, but really resonates with me. I know you are on the edge of your seat, so allow me to explain why.

Don’t let fear hold you back. Just do it.

Life is essentially about going for it. It doesn’t matter how far the fall is, going for it is way better than holding back. It is way better than holding all your feelings inside and not expressing them. It is way better to risk a little, than to bottle up your adventurous self. Fear exists; I am not saying it doesn’t. However, when we live through Christ, we are able to look past our constant fears and really go for it in life. Just do it.

So, of course, this is way easier said than done. “Just going for it” seems like a really great idea, but…I’m afraid. I’m scared. What if it doesn’t work out? What if I fall? What if? What if? What if? Ecclesiastes 11:1-6 talks about the uncertainties of life. These verses explain that even though life is unexpected and life has uncertainties, doesn’t mean we should do nothing. It doesn’t mean we should not try, or hold back. There’s no fun in holding back! I’ve had a few experiences recently where I just went for it, and it ended up working out better than I expected. In that same verse, it also says that waiting for perfect conditions will mean inactivity. Not only does this relate to exercise, but it refers to life experiences as well. If you wait and wait for something to happen, for your supervisor to give you that promotion, for that boy to ask you to go bowling, for that weight loss you want to achieve so much, YOU’LL NEVER GET ANYTHING DONE.

There may not necessarily be regret, but you’ll always be wondering what would have happened if you just went for it, if you just dropped everything, and took the leap. (The hardest part is making the decision. Once the decision is made, you live with whatever comes with it!) Fear ends up holding us back, and telling us we shouldn’t do something. It twists our mindsets into thinking we shouldn’t take the jump and follow our dreams. We can’t constantly wait for conditions that may never exist. To face life’s risks and opportunities, we need a spirit of trust and adventure with God-directed enthusiasm and faith. With God, ALL things are possible.

My point is, just do it. Go for it! Really, go for it! Don’t let fear hold you back any longer. Get angry. Get mad at that fear that is constantly holding you back from doing the things you really want to do. Life is naturally unexpected because we don’t know God’s plan for us. But because we can be confident in God and know His plan is beautifully crafted for us, we don’t have to have any fear. Follow Him in His plans for you! Do not surrender yourself to the ball of doubt in your head—leave it behind.

We’re all trying to hold onto something that we need to let go of; be free of your fears! Free yourself by doing what you are afraid of!

I really want this shirt that is discontinued at Nike that has a list of fears on the back and at the bottom, it says, “just do it.” Once I find where I can buy the shirt, you best believe I’ll be wearing that until it has holes in it. I have a picture of it on here, so you can read the back! Also, I found a short clip from Will Smith about being free from your fears. Please click the link below and watch! With God, you can put your fears aside, and go for it. Just do it!

“Send your grain across the seas, and in time, profits will flow back to you. But divide your investments among many places, for you do not know what risks may lie ahead. When clouds are heavy, the rains come down. Whether a tree falls north or south, it stays where it falls. Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant. If they watch every cloud, they never harvest. Just as you cannot understand the path of the wind or the mystery of a tiny baby growing in its mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the activity of God, who does all things. Plant your seed in the morning and keep busy all afternoon, for you don’t know if profit will come from one activity or another—or maybe both.” —Ecclesiastes 11:1-6