Overcoming Emotional Barriers

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. – Philippians 4:13

Overcoming Emotional Barriers

Pressure is valuable to people who work with constant deadlines and have to achieve creative output in little time. Doug Marlette has learned to greatly appreciate that challenge. He says, “Some people cannot imagine drawing a cartoon every day. ‘I would be a nervous wreck,’ they say. But with practice, I adjusted to being on the high wire.”

Then Doug gives an example. He talks about the Boston Celtics’ Larry Bird and why he was so dependable when a big game was at stake: “Lots of players want to be the hero and take the last shot when the score is tied, but only a handful want the ball when their team is down a point. That’s the mark of a champion.”

It is the same with cartooning. I have learned to love a blank sheet of paper on a deadline. It braces me with its endless potential. When the game is on the line, put me in, coach!

The ability to create quality work is indispensable for anyone who wishes to succeed. But the ability to create quality work under pressure is more challenging. Emotions play a large role in our ability to accomplish great things in the world. Feelings can make or break us despite our talent, intelligence, and education. Fear keeps us from risking; anxiety causes us to choke when the pressure is on; anger distracts us from our focus. Practice, self-talk, and determination enable us to keep hitting the emotional wall until we break through it. As people of faith, we include prayer in this process of overcoming emotional barriers, asking God to partner with us as we seek to make the most of our talent, unhindered by our feelings. As we overcome emotional weaknesses, our ability to succeed increases.

– Steve Arterburn

“There are no constraints on the human mind, no walls around the human spirit, no barriers to our progress except those we ourselves erect.” – Ronald Reagan

“Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.” – J.F. Kennedy



  1. david wolfaardt October 11, 2013 at 6:16 am - Reply

    sufering from severe depresion and fear ,aswell as adictions ,feeling very alone please pray that the lord will set me free

    • jaime campbell January 30, 2014 at 5:35 pm - Reply

      i too suffer from fear and depression and is fighting at this moment to resist watching pornography. i know it is hard. that is why we need to quickly read the bible and read. even if it doesn’t relate to our struggle it helps to lower the negative affect of what your dealing with, especially psalms a book of suffering, faith, and endurance. and if all else fails, just talk to god. open up your fears doubts worries and addictions to him. he understands and will physically help you. don’t be hard on yourself, that is exactly what the enemy want you to feel so you won’t receive gods words of healing into you. all i can say is keep your mind blank from the devil constantly telling you things that makes you feel dirty shameful and low about yourself. joseph prince(you can watch him on youtube) basically, said. when the devil spealks to you, just IGNORE HIM! you could pay attention to his bad talks against you. might as well just listen to gods good talks about you right. if god can die for you so you can live, then why won’t he solve this etty bitty problem which is small to him and not help you. let him speak to you ignore what shameful thing the enemy is saying to you to make you feel guilty. let his low gentle voice soothed through your heart and soul. find HIS voice it is gentle. just keep talking to him over and over and over and sleep relax and let his love embrace you. god is not a shame of you. so take a chill pill. if your still struggling. talk to someone who you trust and love jesus as you do. pray, read the bible, clear your mind of attacking thoughts and let gods thoughts enter you. then surrender and tell god what you trully feel inside, god loves a person who is TOTALLY! honest about their feelings to him.just talk and cry he will respond and answer you. you can do it. hang in their. christ is in you.

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