This morning I thought about the spiritual lid concept as I found myself doubting my ability to reach certain goals in my life, particularly in the aspects of my life where I have previously "failed." It was (still is) extremely difficult for me to overcome this discouragement and believe that where I "failed" in the past, I could with the Lord's help escape from these doubts to conquer.
President Thomas S. Monson offered this encouragement to face our fears:
What spiritual lids are preventing you from reaching your goals?
Should there be anyone who feels he is too weak to do better because of that greatest of fears, the fear of failure, there is no more comforting assurance to be had than the words of the Lord: “My grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them” (Ether 12:27).
President Thomas S. Monson, "Our Sacred Priesthood Trust," Ensign, May 2006, 57.