In Own Your Fear – Part 1 we looked at what we are afraid of, and why. In Part 2 we will be looking at why our fears won’t go away. The foundation for this discussion is Susan Jeffers’ book “Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway”. Jeffers suggests that as long as we continue to grow as individuals, we will be dealing with fear. Fear of the unknown, fear of failure, fear of success … and many other fears.
When we push our boundaries, we will feel fear. We need to accept that. I am in the middle of a writing project, working with a new to me modality – writing in episodes, rather than chapters. It is being submitted through Kindle Vella, which is a new venture for Amazon that isn’t open for sales yet. When it is, the sales will be through tokens. Oh, did I mention that the first three chapters for all authors have to be offered for free?
The free chapters I can live with – I just made them short. Writing in episodes is a bit different, but did expand my writing comfort zone. Tokens? I am not fond of that idea. The fact that the project is not open for sales yet has me a bit on edge. So why did I choose to participate in this project? For the same reason that I stared writing flash fiction – because it was there!
Once we push ourselves and agree to do that which we are afraid of, that particular fear will go away. It will eventually be replaced by another fear, and we will have the choice of working through that fear. If we choose not to work through our fears, IMHO, we vastly limit our lives, and our life experiences.
Make informed choices, take action, and expand your comfort zone. Life is there to be lived!
(c) July 2021 Bonnie Cehovet
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