Fear is a big issue for many of us, and can stop us in our tracks. Many years ago I read the book entitled, Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway by Dr. Susan Jeffers, which is filled with life changing information.
In it, she lists the five truths about fear which are abbreviated and listed below. These truths are just a sampling of all the helpful information she imparts throughout the book; including valuable action steps to take.
We are reminded that it is natural and normal to experience feelings of fear but at the same time, are shown the many ways to move through them; instead of stopping doing something because of them.
What a freedom!
The Five Truths About Fear
FEAR TRUTH #1
The fear will never go away as long as you continue to grow!
Every time you take a step into the unknown, you experience fear. There is no point in saying, “When I am no longer afraid, then I will do it.” You’ll be waiting for a long time. The fear is part of the package.
FEAR TRUTH #2
The only way to get rid of the fear of doing something is to go out and…do it!
When you do it often enough, you will no longer be afraid in that particular situation. You will have faced the unknown and you will have handled it. Then new challenges await you, which certainly add to the excitement in living.
FEAR TRUTH #3
The only way to feel better about yourself is to go out and…do it!
With each little step you take into unknown territory, a pattern of strength develops. You begin feeling stronger and stronger and stronger.
FEAR TRUTH #4
Not only are you afraid when facing the unknown, so is everyone else!
This should be a relief. You are not the only one out there feeling fear. Everyone feels fear when taking a step into the unknown. Yes, all those people who have succeeded in doing what they have wanted to do in life have felt the fear – and did it anyway. So can you!
FEAR TRUTH #5
Pushing through fear is less frightening than living with the bigger underlying fear that comes from a feeling of helplessness!
This is the one truth that some people have difficulty understanding. When you push through the fear, you will feel such a sense of relief as your feeling of helplessness subsides. You will wonder why you did not take action sooner. You will become more and more aware that you can truly handle anything that life hands you.
What helps you to walk through your fears?
Review some of the fears that are stopping you. What small step can you take to push through them today?