Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway Mass Market Paperback – 1993
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What is stopping you from being the person you want to be and living your life the way you want to live it? Fear of change - Fear of taking control? Everyone has these fears - Jeffers inspiring book shows us how to break this Catch22 cycle and work through fear to a resolution. Feel the fear, she argues, but do it anyway!
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There are so many books out there on this kind of subject, but as many of them; deal only with pretty 'common' scenarios. I suspect the authors of such books would simply say; 'but the same approach applies to all things'. However; on that I would not believe it to be strictly true; I can think of dozens of situations that people may find themselves in that simply cannot be compared with that of say, losing your job; worrying about public speaking, or how will you pay the next bill. Many people have very personal problems/issues which do not fall into any particular category but their own, and so whilst this book does have (though pretty obvious) a great approach, do not think that this will deal in any real detail with perhaps 'your' personal problem.
It is true to say that dealing with any frightening situation is made even more frightening by 'thinking' about it which can often result in our 'running away', and the concept or belief that says that the more frightening things we confront, the less frightening they become - or perhaps to use another term; the less frightening they 'feel', is not always the case. Some people never get used to doing those things we all dislike, and we all react differently, and so it's good to bear this in mind when purchasing this book, and that it is really just another 'analysis' from yet 'another' person, and in the end, it will be 'you' who in fact deals with it.
The author has a way of convincing you to believe that this is the way - and perhaps the only way of beating your fears - and it is one of the better books I have read on the subject, but as all books of its kind, tends to 'generalise' a little too much in some important areas.
1. Fear never disappears, as you grow and overcome your fears, the new ones are going to emerge - the bigger and bolder steps you take, the scarier the fear (excuse the pun), but you will know by then that this is just how progress in life works. Don't expect an easy ride - you will always have fears.
2. Always say thank you and make people feel appreciated. Sometimes it will be hard, sometimes easy. But you will see the difference. (I try to follow this advice since I flicked through The Secret Daily Teachings a few years ago, and if anything, it definitely makes YOU feel better.)
3. Do stuff for others. When doing something - don't expect anything in return. It's when you least expect it the return will come. (My favourite insight from this book.)
To sum up, this was the first "self-help" book which I finished, and it was time well spent. I think everybody could benefit from reading "Fell the fear and do it anyway" - you will definitely learn a few things form it, or at least be encouraged to take on your fears!