Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers
I love this book! I first read it around 2002/2003 and it was EPIC! I lent it to someone and never got it back – cannot remember who! When that happens I always just think that the other person needed it more than I did.
Up to that point a lot of what I was reading was talking about banishing fear. That fear was not an emotion you wanted as it would only be debilitating. That courage was all about being brave and moving forward and that was what you wanted. So how come I was still feeling fearful? Was the fear I felt really that bad? In 2004 when I started Step Cheltenham the fear that I felt was enormous! However – as this book shows you – fear can be a good thing and it was certainly what I discovered.
Fear is quite a natural emotion to have. The more you care about something the more fear you will probably have. HOWEVER you can use that fear to halt what you are doing or you can harness that fear to propel you forward. A good bit of fear can take you out of your comfort zone and take you to places you never thought possible. In 2004/2005 I harnessed the fear of business failure and used it in a positive way to propel me forward.
Courage is about knowing what you fear and moving forward regardless, planning the fear into your decision and using it in a positive way.
Think about how many times you have not done something because of fear. Perhaps next time you can feel the fear and do it anyway?