This book is the 20th anniversary edition of a paperback that has sold more than two million copies. Susan Jeffers is one of the foremost self-help authors in the world and has written many books including Embracing Uncertainty. Her intention in Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway is to provide readers with the concepts, exercises, and motivation to unravel the complexities of fear.
What are you afraid of? Losing a loved one, getting fired from your job, being alone, not having enough money for your retirement, aging, death? Jeffers outlines three levels of fears and then moves on to five truths about fear including:
• "The only way to get rid of fear of doing something is to go out and do it."
• "Pushing through fear is less frightening than living with the underlying fear that comes from a feeling of helplessness."
Jeffers also contends that when we don't take responsibility for confronting our fears, we put ourselves in a position of pain. She shares seven ways to reclaim the power that resides within us and gives us the energy to move beyond the role of being a victim of our fears.
In one of the most cogent chapters in the book, Jeffers slams those who see self-help and change as a Pollyanna fantasy trip. She presents a helpful "Beginner's Intensive for Positive Thinking." Stay away from all peddlers of gloom and doom and align yourself with people who encourage and inspire you.
Jeffers concludes with ideas and practices to sustain fearless living such as making "no-lose" decisions, saying "yes" to life, choosing love and trust, filling the inner void, and making the most of time.