23-087 Do It Anyway #3

Today’s Mandala Message: Face Your Fear

This week I’m combining Principles #14 and #15 from Jack Canfield’s “The Success Principles” entitled “Lean Into It” and “Experience the Fear and Take Action Anyway”. I set my intention today to ponder the idea of facing (looking at) my fear(s). Canfield states: “…almost all of our fears are now self-created. We frighten ourselves by fantasizing negative outcomes to any activity we might pursue or experience. Luckily, because we are the ones doing the fantasizing, we are also the ones who can stop the fear and bring ourselves into a state of clarity and peace by facing the actual facts, rather than giving in to our imaginations.”

He also references Susan Jeffers, PhD and her book “Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway” (R). I’ve had this book for decades, if for nothing than the title alone.

I’ll be focusing on this theme of “face your fear” for the next couple of days. Reading Rosa Parks’ inspired quote reminds me of an Amelia Earhart quote where she says “The most difficult thing is the decision to act.” Once we make up our minds to do it anyway, the fear becomes less important than the task at hand…as both of these women have shown. For me, I find that most of the time when I “do it anyway”, I come out the other side wondering “what the heck was I afraid of?”

So how about you? How do you handle your fears? Are you aware of what they are? What will it take to do what you fear anyway?

“I have learned
over the years
that when one’s mind
is made up,
 this diminishes fear;
knowing what must be done
does away with fear.”

— Rosa Parks


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An Invitation

I invite you to color along with me this year as part of what I’m calling “The Year of Self-Exploration and Expansion” with all of my “Mandalas of the ___” (day, weekmonthyear). If you’re interested in more of a self-exploration approach to coloring, check out my “Coloring Mandalas as Meditation”. You can download this mandala at MandalaoftheWeek.com.


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