Dec 21, 2020
We all feel fear, but what do you do when it comes over you? For many the answer is to let it drive your actions and how you approach your life. But what if you could feel the fear, understand its place in your life, and still make strides towards your goals? You can!
There are two books that have been instrumental in how I talk about and think about fear. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert and The Art of Fear: Why Conquering Fear Won’t Work and What To Do Instead by Kristen Ulmer. In both, the authors share ways to approach fear without losing your drive or passion.
In Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert writes a letter to fear. She lets fear know that he can come along on the ride with creativity, but that he’s there as an observer only. He doesn’t get to talk, share an opinion, mess with the music, and most importantly, he’s not allowed to drive.
Isn’t it amazing to think about talking to your fears in this way? Acknowledge that they exist but then remind them who is boss and what their role is in your life?
I think that is so empowering and it’s helped me to rethink the role of fear in my life and my business. Listen as I share my insights about The Art of Fear as well and why I use both of these books with my own coaching clients. I’m also sharing my tips on approaching fear with a healthy respect and perspective.
“So many times in my own life, fear was the driver.” Dr. Errin Weisman
In this episode:
[01:20] We are talking about fear today.
[02:10] Hear a letter to fear by Elizabeth Gilbert.
[05:23] Learn about the monster in the basement as Kristen Ulmer described it in her book.
[10:32] Sit down and think about your fear monster and have a conversation with him.
[11:29] Whatever you repress becomes your represser.
[15:29] My Errinisms about using fear more wisely.
[21:55] Let me know how you feel about this episode.
[22:09] Coming up for future solocasts.
[23:01] Thank you for listening!
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
The Art of Fear: Why Conquering Fear Won’t Work and What To Do Instead by Kristen Ulmer
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