Some might say that fear encompasses the first step, after that moment it's just a matter of diligence and courageous living. I agree, the fear is in the unknown, the "what ifs" of our imagination. We fill our minds with "what ifs" and God encourages us to put all that aside and fill it with "By Faith" now the amazing thing about faith is this, the bible speaks of it in this beautiful description
1 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
That verse alone is so powerful and encouraging because it speaks of an assurance of what we do not see! God establishes His purpose in our lives and has solidified His plans and by these precious words we know that what God establishes, He finishes. Our job is to simply walk in it, pray in it, live in it and trust that God who is perfect in every way, who is deeply passionate about His children, the ones He loves with an uncompromising devoted love that never fails, that never tires, that never becomes weary. That is the God we serve and His promises are eternal and perfect and what He has started in you, He will finish.
6And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.