I recently re-read Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers.
I first read this when I trained as a life coach, and it’s a book I’ve picked up time to time over the years and I felt like re-visiting it recently.
Fear is a such a crazy feeling!
In the cold light of day, we don’t have much to fear. We aren’t living in the cave man age where we could be eaten by a dinosaur! Rarrr. On the whole we are pretty well-protected from that these days.
If you haven’t read the book (and I do recommend it!), I made a few notes of the key points I took from the book.
Fear is just a feeling. We give it the power to paralyse us and take over. (But having said that don’t ask me to do a bungee jump!).
The fear will never go away as long as we continue to grow. Fear is a sign of growth.
I see fear as a little bump in the road. We can, and often do, let that little bump, (or feeling of fear) stop us. But if we just push forward a bit more and get over the bump there’s something good waiting for us.
Do you know what fear absolutely can’t stand? ACTION! It’s got no place to thrive and survive once we taken action on things that seem to scare us.
The only way to get rid of the feeling of fear of something is to go out and do it. (But not a bungee jump. Please, anything but that!)
Whenever we are in unfamiliar territory, we will experience fear. But so does everyone else!
Pushing through fear is less frightening than living with the underlying fear that come from feeling helpless.
Watch how you speak around fear. Not only does it hate action, it also hates positive statements like
“I make the decision”
“I have a choice”
“I have chosen this and I will withstand obstacles!”
Will you allow fear to dictate what happens or will you decide how you will deal with fear?
We all have limitless ways of creating a succesful, happy life, and more often than not (dinosaurs and bungee jumps being the exception), we have a choice; we can let fear stall us and stand in our way, or we can acknowledge fear as a feeling and carry on with our dreams and goals anyway….and get to the Good Things that await us on the other side of fear.
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