In my women’s wellness course this month, I’ve recommended the book, Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers, Ph.D.
It’s not a new book: it’s been out for 20 years. It’s been read by millions and has no doubt helped millions face their fears.
The fear of public speaking, spiders and flying, those kind of scary things are easy to relate to.. they may not disrupt our day-to-day life (unless you have a lot of spiders at your house or you have to travel by plane, or until you’re called on to speak!).
Trouble is, sometimes we don’t even recognize the fears, worries and anxieties that get in the way of our happiness. The nagging concerns about finances, health, our jobs, our relationships. The things we don’t feel we can change – or we’re simply too afraid to consider changing. Those are the areas this book can help with the most.
Because underlying all those fears is your inner voice saying, “If that happens I won’t be able to handle it.”
The author shows you how to get over yourself, how to get out of your own way, how to have a happier life.
Some of my favorite quotes:
“Taking responsibility means never blaming anyone else for anything you are being, doing, having, or feeling.”
“Remember that underlying all our fears is a lack of trust in ourselves.”
“Every time you encounter something that forces you to “handle it,” your self-esteem is raised considerably. You learn to trust that you will survive, no matter what happens. And in this way your fears are diminished immeasurably.”
“Negative thoughts take away your power …”
“A self-assured woman who is in control of her life draws like a magnet. She is so filled with positive energy that people want to be around her.”