Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers

The author Susan Jeffers is a mother, an author and a speaker with a Ph.D. in Psychology.

Her first book ‘Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway’ was published in 1987 and the copy I have in my hand now is a 2007 edition. ‘Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway’ is a self-help book on how to overcome the fear of x, y, z… by embracing that fear.

I thought I’ll give you my top 10 thoughts/comments on its content. This is my first mini review so do let me know what you think.

  1. You’ll get introduced to the chatterbox, “The little voice inside, the voice that tries to drive you crazy and often succeeds”
  2. Making Dhikr (remembrance of Allah) before going to bed and after waking up is a positive and blessed way of starting and completing your day
  3. The author mentions “the Universe is now giving us the opportunity to learn”. I understand “Universe” here to be God (Allah)
  4. When a person starts changing, even for the better, people around them may resist that change because they are afraid
  5. There are levels of fear and the third and final level is the answer
  6. When you get to the part ‘I’ll handle it’, remember it’s because Allah will never burden a soul more than it can bear
  7. For positive quotes: I suggest verses from the Quran, Hadiths, duas as well as any others you’ve come across and those brilliant ideas you’ve come up with. The Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) said:  “The word of wisdom is the lost property of the believer, so wherever he finds it he has a better right to it.” Related by Tirmithi
  8. After reading chapter 5 you probably will want to be a Pollyanna.
  9. Many of us know of giving away time and money. The author talks about giving away thanks and praise
  10. The No-lose model and ‘Just nod your head and say “yes!”’ is a reminder that whatever has been decreed for us is for the best. Let’s submit to the will of Allah with gratefulness and patience

‘Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway’ is an easy book to read with lots of exercises and stories that explain the concepts well. The diagrams are illustrative. When you get to read it I’d recommend that you:

  1. Do all the exercises
  2. Highlight interesting parts and record your thoughts

Once you’ve read the book come back to this page and tell us what you think and would you recommend it to others. If you’ve already read the book tell us something now!

In the last chapter Susan Jeffers quotes from Rollo May work in Man’s search for himself: “Every organism has one and only one central need in life, to fulfil its own potentialities”. I would like to end with the Prophet’s Hadith: “Everyone is facilitated in that for which he has been created “related by Muslim.

Go on; fulfil your servitude to Allah by fulfilling your potential.


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