What would you do if fear no longer stood in your way?
What would happen if you were no longer afraid to dive in, head first, and go after your dreams, instead of feeling like you were sitting on the sidelines of your own life?
We tell ourselves we are too busy to pursue our dreams. That there's no time, or that it's not practical. But what if the real reason we're putting off our goals is FEAR?
The fear that we're not good enough, not smart or talented or capable enough. It's the fear that others might laugh at us, or that we'll get hurt or be rejected, or that pursuing our true potential will simply be too hard.
And most of all, the fear that we'll fail.
But courage doesn't mean we are never afraid. True courage means taking action, despite the fear. True courage means doing it scared.
The question is - how? How do we face those fears and take that first step in the right direction? How do we overcome those obstacles that stand in our way and sometimes feel insurmountable?
In Do It Scared, popular blogger and podcast host Ruth Soukup will help you to:
- Identify your own unique Fear Archetype™ - the specific type of fear that keeps you stuck - and learn how to conquer it.
- Dare to start thinking bigger about your life and your goals.
- Learn how to seek out honest feedback to accomplish big things.
- Embrace the core beliefs you need to overcome different types of fears.
- Discover why our magical idea of 'balance' is totally overrated and let go of the guilt, once and for all.
Equal parts inspiration and tough love, Do It Scared combines easy-to-implement tips with the motivation to start making real changes that lead to big results. Get ready to get off the sidelines and jump into your own life as you dare to Do It Scared.
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About the Author
New York Times bestselling author Ruth Soukup is dedicated to helping people break through fear and create a life they love. Through her top-ranked Do It Scared® podcast and her popular blog, Living Well Spending Less, she provides easy-to-follow guidance for following your dreams and reaching your goals. She is also the founder of the Living Well Planner® and Elite Blog Academy®, as well as the author of five bestselling books. Her practical advice has been featured all over, including in Women’s Day, Entrepreneur, Family Circle and Fox News. She lives in Florida with her husband Chuck and two daughters, Maggie and Annie.
Table of Contents
Invisible Chains 11
Part 1 The Fear Archetypes
1 The Procrastinator: When you're most afraid of making a mistake 21
2 The Rule Follower: When you're most afraid of coloring outside the lines 30
3 The People Pleaser: When you're most afraid of what other people will think 40
4 The Outcast: When you're most afraid of rejection 50
5 The Self-Doubter: When you're most afraid that you're not enough 61
6 The Excuse Maker: When you're most afraid of taking responsibility 72
7 The Pessimist: When you're most afraid of adversity 83
The Fear Archetypes at a Glance 94
Part 2 The Principles of Courage
8 Dare to Think Big: Because stretch goals are the secret to getting and staying motivated 99
9 Rules Are for Suckers: Because you should never be afraid to think for yourself 109
10 Always Own It: Because you are in complete control of the choices you make 118
11 Embrace Honest Feedback: Because everyone needs true accountability 127
12 There Are No Mistakes, Only Lessons: Because every breakdown leads to a breakthrough 134
13 Balance Is Overrated: Because if everything is important, nothing is 141
14 Just Keep Going: Because nothing will ever take the place of persistence 151
The Principles of Courage at a Glance 161
Part 3 Courage in Action
15 Claim Your Target: If you aim at nothing, you'll hit it every time 165
16 Find Your My: Your why must be bigger than your fear 174
17 Create Your Action Plan: Break down your big goals into manageable bites 183
18 Form Your Own Truth Club: Surround yourself with people who will make you better 194
19 Stop Comparing: Create the life you love, not the life someone else wants 204
20 Eliminate Excuses: Stop giving yourself a way out, and instead push through 212
21 Stay Encouraged: Take the time to celebrate your wins along the way 223
Courage in Action at a Glance 234