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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The books basic premise is, that your aim should not be to get rid of your fears. You should feel your fear, but not let it stop you from doing things you really want to do.
The book describes three levels of fear. The first level is the actual event that you fear - say losing you job. The second level is the deeper fear, triggered by the first level - eg. rejection (if being fired would make you feel rejected). Beneath that on the third level there's only one fear: The fear that you won't be able to cope. If you knew in advance that you could take it, there would be nothing to be afraid of. So all fear reduces to fear of not being able to cope.
This is interesting, because this means that the best way to handle your fear, isn't to make your life safer - it's to increase your abilities, or your faith in your abilities. The more you know you can handle, the less reason there is to fear.
This point is illustrated with several stories of people who have diminished their lives time and again, to keep safe. This doesn't reduce fear, quite the contrary, these people lived in perpetual fear. When some catastrophic event interfered with their reduced existence (say the death of a spouse), some of these people found that they were forced to reconnect with life, and that they could cope. And this reduced their fear.
The book also emphasizes positivity as a way to reduce fear. The book argues that you need to constantly train your positive thinking, or you'll revert to negative thinking.Read more ›
The basic message Susan Jeffers is putting across is that the big fear underlying all the little fears we have is 'I won't be able to handle it if ... happens'. She gently explores fears, and encourages you to accept that fear is OK, perfectly normal, and despite the fear, you CAN handle it! So often our fears prevent us from moving on but we can overcome them and learn to listen to our 'Higher Self', rather than that nagging, criticising little voice most of us have as a constant companion.
I first read it 6 months ago, but this is the sort of book that you keep picking up as life throws things at you. I only have to find the chapter that goes with my current situation and I can find the strength to deal with it.
There is so much in this book that a review can scarcely do it justice - I chose to write this review because I would like others to get the benefit from the book that I did.
After reading 'Feel the Fear...' I also read another book by Susan Jeffers, 'End the Struggle and Dance with Life'. I would say that the two complement each other perfectly, and have definitely lead me to a substantial change in my attitude to life.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good read. Thought it would be heavy going but not so. Would recommend this book.Published 3 days ago by JEAN JAG
This book touches deep. Very inspiring and empowering. I will read this book many times again and it will be my companion on my journey of personal developmentPublished 4 days ago by Olivia
This book gave me the confidence and courage to quit my job without having a new job lined up. I trusted that it would all work out which it did. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent booking it wasn't for Susan Jeffers I'd probably never fly again.Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
Bought it without expectations and have reread it three times by now. Useful content that probably resonates with most people purchasing a title like this. Read morePublished 17 days ago by BeLa