In Own Your Fear – Part 3 we looked at how we move past the pain of fear into feeling the power of dealing with our fears. 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.
In Own Your Fear – Part 4 we will look at taking responsibility for our own lives. We cannot change other people, but we can change ourselves. We are only the victim if we assign this role to ourselves. Victims have no power in their own lives. We all have choices, and we can choose not to be a victim. As we choose to not blame others, we need to choose not to blame ourselves. On another note, we need to learn how to handle our internal voice, that voice inour head that always, always has something to say!
Does being a victim have an upside? Well, in a way. We create a little safe place in life that we choose not to venture out of. However, when we take responsibility for our life we open ourselves up to looking at what we want in life, and what we need to do to get it. When we open ourselves up like this we begin to see that in any given situation we have a multitude of choices. If one choice doesn’t work well for us, we can reconsider and make another choice. Nothing is written in stone.
At the end of each chapter Jeffers has included exercises that allow the reader to put the information in that chapter to work in their life. There are ways for us to take control and become whatever we want to be!
(c) August 2021 Bonnie Cehovet
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