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Feel the Fear . . . and Do It Anyway

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  29,629 ratings  ·  1,222 reviews

Are you afraid of making decisions . . . asking your boss for a raise . . . leaving an unfulfilling relationship . . . facing the future? Whatever your fear, here is your chance to push through it once and for all. In this enduring guide to self-empowerment, Dr. Susan Jeffers inspires us with dynamic techniques a
Paperback, 20th Anniversary Edition, 217 pages
Published December 26th 2006 by Ballantine Books (first published 1987)
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Katya Kean
Nov 13, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up-on
I was afraid to leave this review, but I did it anyway. Kidding.

Really, though, this book is probably really important for some people. Women, especially. Women leaving relationships, I'd imagine. The first two chapters are pretty neat. They highlight an important truth that you can't wait for the fear to go away before you do something.

I know that this book influenced a lot of other books I've liked.

The 3 stars instead of 4 or 5 is partially because of sentences like these:
[This] "Higher Self i
Jun 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
A girlfriend in grad school gave me this book, shortly before we parted ways, in fact. It was a real eye-opener to me that I lived much of my life hovering around the perimeter of the pool rather than jumping in with both feet.

Most eye-opening for me, though, was it was the first time I had been taught that fear was fine - embrace it, don't dodge it. Then, walk through the fire anyway.

I'm not saying I turned into Russell Crowe from "Gladiator" because of it. I'm still more Woody Allen from "Ann
Greg Stearns
The book starts off with a pretty decent premise which is entirely summed up in the title.

Things will always be scary until you master them, then there will be something new to be afraid of so instead of eliminating your fear you should be working on pushing through. There are some decent ideas and suggestions in the first couple chapters, but it goes downhill for the rest of the book.

Between the constant ads for her other products (Inspirational Audios, books of affirmations, etc) and the unaba
Rori Rockman
Man. How do you rate a book that steadily devolves from five stars down to one star?

This starts out as a five star book. The first few chapters of this book have probably altered my world view permanently. Here's the gist of what really hit home for me:

At the heart of every fear we have is one single fear: "I can't handle it." This is an absolute revelation, at least to me, because it means that there is one reliable (though still not easy) formula to be used for overcoming fear: convince yourse
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology

Neglecting all the ads and promises, the first chapters were helpful in making some self-improvement. The last two chapters are enough to put the book in a sci-fi category, I suffered scanning them.
Aug 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who wants to feel that they control their life, it doesn't control them.
Recommended to Jj873 by: random find by my mom
Having lived most of my life with debilitating Panic Disorder (google it if you're curious) this book has done more to put me in charge of my life than all the years of medications, therapy, and all the other self-help books I've read combined.
I encountered this book at the worst point in my mental health struggle (being nearly housebound by agoraphobia - again, google if needed) and truly found it to be a sanity saver!
If it has helped me pull myself back from the brink of desolation too deep an
Well... specifically not entirely finished, but finished as much as I wish to. It was ok, but too too many others to be read. Also working in an academic library and being offered real life friend recommendations left right and centre makes for many books to be had, and not a lot of time to have them.
Apr 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished reading this book 2 weeks ago, and feel compelled to review it.

A few short months ago i took the steps needed to change my life for the better. I was not happy living how i was, i hated my body, i hated myself, all because i was scared of the truth. That truth is that i am transgender.

I admitted to myself that i needed to seek medical help, to rectify my situation, which includes taking hormones and having gender reassignment surgery in the future. I went to the doctor in december 201
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: inspirational

The only way to conquer fear is to face it!

In life, we encounter many trials and tribulations (these may be internal or literal realities) yet the only way to overcome our struggles is to be ‘a tryer’ and try until you overcome the obstacle. There is never a more perfect time than when you’re broken and hit rock bottom, than to give it a crack [uncertain and expectant of failure] is the only way.

Whilst reading this illuminating, informative book I thought about – how everyone seems to judge th
Jan 24, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd call it a bag of pebbles and pearls. Some stuff a bit overly simplistic and unrealistic, but some real pearls of wisdom as well. It goes beyond the subject of "fear" and encourages a positive attitude and lifestyle in general.

As I mentioned in an earlier review, I'm not a fan of affirmations, and I believe that the underlying problem should be addressed, not masked. And I think her expectations for people to choose to feel positive even under the most dire circumstances (e.g. bereavement or
Aug 30, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, favorites
A friend of mine recommended this book to me and at first I was a bit skeptical but fell in love after the first 10 pages. It seems to cover every issue you come across without actually pinpointing one certain issue.

It's a good book to fall back on as a quick picker-upper if you're having a bad day or just feel discouraged. It's helped with my personal life alot and it's something I'm sure to have memorized within the next 10 years.

Mar 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sir Ken Thompson recommended this book in his, The Element. I picked it up with some trepidation, because the whole idea sounded so simple. But it's a top-notch self-help book, about a whole lot more than just fear. Jeffers covers the whole waterfront of ineffectual behavior and patiently tells you how to stop it and replace it with better behavior. If you're stuck at any point with fears, resentments, bottled up anger, and so on, this book will help (if you let it). ...more
Jun 10, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great book for everyone even if you don't think the title applies to you.
Sometimes the only way to overcome the fear and feel better about yourself is to just go out and do it. But it also talks about taking more control of your life instead of indecision ruling because of being afraid of making mistakes. Tells you how to move from a position of pain ("It's not my fault, I'm never satisfied, It's terrible") to one of power ("I'm totally responsible, I want to learn and grow, It's a learning e
Kirsty ❤️
To shake things up a bit for our radio book club shows we decided to read a regular book but also some kind of factual one

My copy proudly declares it’s a 20th anniversary edition so my first concern was if it would still be relevant in today’s society and after reading through it I would say yes. The only really out of bit parts are technological. In one chapter she mentions picking up the phone or writing a letter and getting in touch with people. While still positives to do these days you’re
I first read Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway when I was a young manager, and it made a big difference in how I approached my life and career. I still refer to key points in the book when coaching leaders, students, and anyone facing a change in their life. Susan Jeffers was teaching about crucial aspects of emotional intelligence before Goleman's book popularized the term. ...more
Sara Kindlan-Arnison
After suffering from severe almost crippling anxiety, I was giving this book to help me cope and it was the best thing that I ever read. It changed my relationship with anxiety, fear and future dreams. If you do the exercises in the book, it helps change your understanding and except the many issues you believe are holding you back.
Save yourself the time; you're much better off with Tony Robbins or Brian Tracy. ...more
Emma Sea
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
1.5 stars
Louie Jordan
May 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was recommended this by my Dad multiple times over the last decade and never got time to purchase it. Today I decided to give the audiobook a go and it was fantastic.

It embodies a lot of the morals I try to live by, and helps you readjust your thinking into a more positive sense. It is only short, but contains some key motivation for positive living. I personally think given the current situation with the Coronavirus pandemic this is a great little listen for those trying to refocus their min
Cassandra Kay Silva
Typical of this genre this book has some very good advice about overcoming fear and working towards larger projects without feeling overwhelmed. The last half of this book really goes into a lot of self-affirmation and positive thinking will win you the day kind of mindset. I just don't find this as actively helpful advice. I agree that we need to maintain positivity but I suppose I am more interested in real-world stories, factual information, and troubleshooting rather than fluffy stuff that c ...more
Oct 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: skimmed, self-help
Originally published in 1987, this self-help classic was reissued in a 25th anniversary edition in 2012. I looked over it for a proposed comparison article with How to Win Friends and Influence People (later cancelled, alas) and found this one to be more relevant and readable. Jeffers says that at the base of every fear is a belief that “I can’t handle it.” Our fears are either of things that can happen to us (ageing and natural disasters) or of actions we might take (going back to school or ...more
Apr 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help
A self-help book addict, I've read a ton of them and was pleasantly surprised and "fearless" by the time I finished Feel the Fear....

Hoping for solutions or a "how to" to let go of or conquer "a" fear, I realized this book was much bigger than "a" fear.

You will be relieved to know that Jeffers does not believe that our fears are psychological--phew! Rather she believes our fears are, in most cases, an educational problem, and her book is loaded with ways to help us reeducate our mind.

Not heavy,
Jul 27, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Susan Jeffers has a lot of sound, practical advice for taking the step to overcome the nagging fears that are standing in the way of getting to the places you want to be in your life and career.

The first year I was teaching at a university I was really nervous and anxious whenever I stepped into the classroom. I loved what I was doing, but hated not being an expert with years of experience yet. What if a student asked me a question I didn't know the answer to?

I used to read a little bit of thi
Jan 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: self-help
So, this was an alright book. It has some good ideas and good tools for being able to live your life how you want and not being held back by irrational fears, etc. The pacing wasn't the best, most of the useful info is in the first 3rd but there was still bits to glean the rest of the way, which is better than a lot of other self-help books I've read. You can definitely tell it was written in the 80's and targeted at women, but it's useful for everyone. I wouldn't mind a modern day revision, per ...more
Courtney Williams
May 23, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rage-quit
I stopped reading when she started dictating how cancer patients should feel and implying that how you feel is always a choice. Also, the "Pollyanna" style of positive thinking she advocated can often be like putting a plaster (band-aid) on a broken leg. I may reattempt this in future because my GP was the one who recommended it and lots of people have found it useful (it's even one of Reading Well's Books on Prescription). ...more
Great book, it was an easy, quick read. I actually read it a few times. The author brings up some good points on how we see fear. How even as children we are told to "be careful" and we see an optimist as a Pollyana and their positive view as unrealistic even though most of our fears of negative things never actually happens.
The author gives you a few strategies to try to keep out of the negative/fearful mindset and gives great examples of how she overcame her fears.
T.L. Clark
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help
This book truly changed my life.
I read it whilst training to be a counsellor, and it impacted me greatly.
Many years on I still hear this phrase when faced with a new and/or daunting situation.
Truly one of the best books I ever read.
I have become a fiercely independent woman, and I have to thank in part, this gem of a book.
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can everyone do themselves a favour and read this book...thankyouplease!
"Take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame. " Erica Jong

One of my favourite quotes of all time sums up what this book is trying to say; basically we cannot blame situations around us for the state of our own lives. This book brings up some very interesting thoughts; we are in control of our own attitudes and decisions. We may not be able to control the hand that life has dealt us, but we certainly are in control with what decisions we make in order to
Deb in UT
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
This is the second time I've read this book. I barely remember the first time, so I thought I'd read it again before putting it here on the Goodreads. The book is okay. It has some helpful, true ideas, but nothing I haven't read elsewhere. I like her outlook on fear, especially how at the root of it is often the feeling that, "I can't handle it." Turning that into, "I will handle it," or even "I'll survive, it will be okay, and there may be positives," is a helpful way to deal with fearful probl ...more
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