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Susann Jeffers

Dynamic Techniques for Turning Fear, Indecision and Anger into Power, Action and Love

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"Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway" by Susan Jeffers is a self-help guide that teaches readers how to overcome fear and take action towards their goals. With practical advice and exercises, this book helps readers build confidence and embrace success.

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    Excessive fear is harmful, but we can overcome it through education.

    It’s hard not to feel envious when we see apparently fearless people, even when those people are actually fictional characters like superheroes or action movie stars. If only we, too, could overcome our fears and rise to any occasion!

    The good news is that we can learn how to handle our fears. But to do this, we first have to understand why we have fear at all.

    Originally, fear functioned to warn us of potential danger. If, for example, a wild animal approached you, your fear alerted you to the imminent danger and prompted you to either flee or prepare to fight. In this case, the role of both responses is to protect you from harm.

    On the other hand, if your fear of strangers holds you back from attending a party, that fear isn’t protecting you but is instead an obstacle to living your life as you’d truly like – in this case, as an actively social person.

    One reason for the presence of such debilitating fear in adults is that we’ve been conditioned as children to be afraid. From a very young age, our parents remind us continually of the threats and dangers of the “world outside,” and teach us that we must take care to remain safe from harm.

    Fortunately, it’s possible for us to learn about our specific fears and the basic truths of human fear in general and to develop certain methods to control them.

    If, say, you’re nervous about your first day at a new job, you could examine the nature of that particular fear. In doing so, you’ll likely find reassurance as you come to the realization that nearly everyone is nervous in such situations. And you can probably even come up with examples of people who successfully overcame a similar fear.

    As you can see, fear is something we all feel and that all of us can learn to cope with – if we just learn some effective techniques.

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    What is Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway about?

    Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway (1987) explains how to avoid letting our fear hold us back from living the life we want and how to begin leading a committed and empowered life instead. It argues that the way we choose to perceive the world and our lives largely determines our reality, and suggests that taking responsibility for our situation and happiness can lead us to find total fulfillment.


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    Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway (1987) explores how to conquer fear and live a courageous life. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • It offers practical strategies for facing and overcoming fears, empowering readers to take bold actions in spite of their fears.
    • Through a combination of inspiring stories and thought-provoking exercises, the book helps readers understand the psychological aspects of fear and develop resilience.
    • With its uplifting tone and emphasis on personal growth, the book's content is engaging and motivating, making it an enjoyable read.

    Who should read Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway?

    • Anyone who wants to learn how to cope with fear in an effective and enriching way
    • Anyone who wants to become a happier, more positive and more committed person

    About the Author

    Susan Jeffers, PhD, was an American psychologist, public speaker and bestselling author who published many books about fear, including Feel the Fear and Beyond and Feel the Fear Guide to Lasting Love.

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    What is the main message of Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway?

    Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway encourages you to embrace fear as a natural part of growth and take action despite it.

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    Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway is worth reading for its empowering insights on overcoming fear and taking charge of your life.

    Who is the author of Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway?

    The author of Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway is Susan Jeffers.

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