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  • Writer's pictureColleen M. Doumeng

Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway

Susan Jeffers

Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway

Highly recommend this book!

The amount of times I have said this affirmation to myself are too numerous to count. I learned it from Susan Jeffers in my 30’s when I was going through a divorce with three kids under the age of nine and a part time job. I was a big time worrier back then and a crisis mediator. Everything felt like a 911 event!

I continue to say it whenever fear pops up. Right now I AM back in a course with davidji called Deeper Still. It’s his advanced teacher training and I am doing it again to continue to push myself out of some comfort zones and limiting beliefs.

This week’s assignment calls for a five minute video of ourselves teaching a meditation class. I know how to teach a class ~ I conquered that challenge a few years ago. The fear emotions surface when I see myself in the camera doing the video recording. Then submitting it wondering what my teacher and mentor will think.

What I have learned from Susan and Louise Hay is that we “think” we know what the problem is (I’m just shy) and then we find out what the REAL problem is.

The real problem is not feeling “good enough” and lacking self-love. That’s my real problem.

Susan Jeffers states in her book that “if everybody feels fear when approaching something totally new in life, yet so many are out there ‘doing it’ despite the fear, then we must conclude that “fear is not the problem.” She goes on to say that the real issue is not the fear, but how we HOLD the fear. We can approach it from a position of power or a position of helplessness. The fact that we have the fear becomes irrelevant. Ok, sounds like a plan. I choose my inner power💪.

My meditation practice, along with the above affirmation and this one ~ I AM good enough ~ are my go to tools from my self love toolbox. They help me to feel the fear and do it anyway.

Because I use these tools everyday I AM much faster at noticing the negative thoughts that I have about myself. And I know now that their just words, just thoughts. I KNOW this. I also know that I get to choose their meaning. No one else is in my head doing this thinking! So, today I will continue with my assignment and submit it on time. I choose to release these negative thoughts and embrace that I AM Enough.

And so it is.

This picture is me with davidji after we climbed to the top of this ancient ruin in Tulum! Talk about feeling the fear and doing it anyway. This was a monumental triumph for me about trust.

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