Fear is something we all carry around and it can hold us back from accomplishing our biggest goals and creating the lives that we want. In her book, ‘Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway’, Susan Jeffers reminds us that fear is something that is wired into our brains and anything new in life will bring up the emotion.
The book in a nutshell
At the core of each fear, no matter how we describe it however, is simply the fear that we don’t think we can handle it. Jeffers proposes that in order to combat fear, we need to develop more trust in our ability to handle whatever comes our way.
- If we understand that fear will never go away as long as we continue to grow, then we start to realise that the only way to get through the fear is to do the thing that terrifies us. In essence, we have to take action.
- Many of us wait to feel strong before we take action but the reverse is true. Once we take action we feel stronger, we build confidence and we start to believe that we can actually handle what comes our way.
- Ultimately pushing through fear is way less frightening than living with the fear that comes from feeling helpless.
- Learn to use the No-lose Decision Model which says that there is no wrong decision even if the outcome is not what we initially wanted. Each decision is an opportunity to learn, each ‘mistake’ is an opportunity to learn. Failure simply tells us what not to do.
Who this book is for
If fear is holding you back then this book is for you.
Knowing that fear is here to stay reminds us that trying to avoid it or running from it can leave us living pretty limited lives. The solution? Face it head on knowing that we can handle whatever happens. Do you want to take action but are finding it difficult to get past the fear? This book may be just what you need to push through.