75 Bold Tips for When Fear Grips Your Mind

You can learn to live a bold life by choosing to let go of fear when you feel tortured by your own thoughts. When you can't sleep at night, when you are obsessed with failing or not feeling good enough, decide to take action. Sometimes it will take less than five minutes to make a shift; other times it may take an hour or two. 
  1. Notice the beauty in your environment.
  2. Treasure the day.
  3. Love yourself through your anxiety.
  4. Go for a walk.
  5. Let things be exactly as they are.
  6. Listen to music. 
  7. Slow down.
  8. Sit still.
  9. Relax your grip.
  10. Act on your dreams anyway.
  11. Learn to hold your own hand.
  12. Remember you are loved.
  13. Listen to your intuition.
  14. Free your mind from the past. 
  15. Establish an attitude of delight.
  16. Plan a bold future.
  17. Expect good things to happen.
  18. Surrender what doesn't work.
  19. Reach out and hug someone.
  20. Invest time in laughter and play.
  21. Speak to yourself with words of encouragement.
  22. Take a break from judging others.
  23. Let go of grievances.
  24. Begin with a clean slate.
  25. Change your thoughts.
  26. Heal your mind.
  27. Shift your perception.
  28. Create positive lasting change.
  29. Learn to live in a vibration of joy.
  30. Keep your commitments.
  31. Find one small thing to savor.
  32. Make your words matter.
  33. Soften your heart.
  34. List your successes in life.
  35. Choose emotions of enjoyment, comfort and success.
  36. Believe the best about yourself.
  37. Believe the world is going to send amazing things your way.
  38. Determine what your purpose is.
  39. Decide that right now is the greatest moment of your life.
  40. Fearlessly tell the truth.
  41. Take determined action.
  42. Develop a profound sense of contentment.
  43. Ask for loving assistance.
  44. Say prayers of thanksgiving.
  45. Believe that you will succeed.
  46. Know that there is an unlimited amount of love and good in the universe.
  47. Remember one event doesn't determine success.
  48. Be gentle with yourself.
  49. Focus on what goes right and repeat it again and again.
  50. Remember you deserve to be happy and prosperous.
  51. Trust and keep going.
  52. Make your life an awesome adventure.
  53. Bring enthusiasm to your efforts.
  54. Live with intention.
  55. Create a good habit.
  56. Dare to go against the crowd.
  57. Look at the big picture of your life.
  58. Share your truth.
  59. Make up your mind to change.
  60. Confide in someone close to you.
  61. Talk back to your fear.
  62. Recall happier times.
  63. Live one happy day at a time.
  64. Choose a peaceful point of view.
  65. Live with a consciousness of love.
  66. Choose unconflicted energy.
  67. Cherish the relationships you have.
  68. Know that most things aren't as serious as you make them out to be.
  69. Know that you can manage even when difficult things happen.
  70. Believe you have the talents and resources you need to succeed.
  71. Remind yourself of your positive options.
  72. Support, encourage and believe in yourself.
  73. Remind yourself that the world is full of endless opportunities.
  74. Look for beauty and blessings whereever you go.
  75. Remember: a small positive change can put your life in a new direction.

    Photo by Dan

Remember there is always another option when you are feeling, afraid, doubtful, or worried. You don't have to live this way. Make your journey one of growth, love and adventure. Begin today. I believe in you!

Please share this post with anyone you think may benefit from it. Let's help others let go of their fear!

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  • Noel March 22, 2012, 6:54 pm

    Hi Tess, I was worried yesterday and I told myself: “Accept that things won’t be always perfect and flawless. Allow some mistakes or failure as that’s how we grow.” I felt relief after changing my thoughts. And your article came at just the right time! More helpful tips to overcome my fear, thanks~ πŸ™‚

    • Tess March 23, 2012, 5:41 am

      Noel, I love that message you gave yourself. Let’s fill the billboards with it. I tend to be hard on myself when I make a mistake or do something I regret later.. Thanks for your message today!

  • Suzie Cheel March 22, 2012, 7:23 pm

    Hi Tess,
    I thought wow 75 how does Tess come up with such so many ways- then I read through and recognised many that i use and sometimes forget to use- I good list to put where I can see it when the feeling takes a grip.

    • Tess March 23, 2012, 5:43 am

      We’re all on the same path so that doesn’t surprise me;) It’s the little things that we can do when were stuck in fear that make a difference. We think we need to take a big leap most of the time but we don’t. Have a great weekend.

  • Fran Sorin March 22, 2012, 11:13 pm


    There are so many jewels in this post that I don’t even know where to begin. ‘Believe the world is going to send amazing things to you’ is the one that grabbed my eye this beautiful Friday morning.

    This list is a keeper. πŸ™‚ Fran

    • Tess March 23, 2012, 5:44 am

      What is your mailing address…I’ll start!

  • Aileen March 23, 2012, 12:09 am

    Tess, you are my inspiration for fearless living. I’m not yet fearless, but you give me hope and a vision so it can’t be too far away from being reality!

  • Tess March 23, 2012, 5:44 am

    I think you’re doing fine! Nobody is fearless. We all keep marching on and working through our fears. Including me. I’m going to do something this weekend that I’ve been putting off. Wish me luck;)

  • Vidya Sury March 23, 2012, 6:35 am

    Fear IS the key to unlock our potential. Great Manifesto, Tess. One that I am sending to my printer πŸ˜€ Thank you.

    • Tess March 27, 2012, 7:46 am

      Thanks for the assurance that what I write helps!

  • Karen March 23, 2012, 8:40 am

    This is my personal favorite and helps me get past fear:
    Know that you can manage even when difficult things happen.

    The list is awesome – it should be required reading every morning.

  • Rose Byrd March 23, 2012, 12:02 pm

    Numbers 22 and 27 are the most challenging for me, but the ones I feel I have progressed in the most during Lent this year. Dozens of the other points are ones I was blessed to me trained in from an early age. Bless you a list that I am saving forever and will refer back to often.

    • Tess March 27, 2012, 7:47 am

      Those are everyday practices for me!

  • travelyn March 23, 2012, 4:53 pm

    I think you’ve nailed it. We so often live with fear of this or that, if only we could grasp the fact that it might never happen. Just reading your list made me feel better about myself. Thanks.

    • Tess March 27, 2012, 7:47 am

      So true. Glad you liked my list.

  • KenWert@MeanttobeHappy March 23, 2012, 8:55 pm

    This is a great list, Tess! For me, the best antidote for fear is action. If I fear doing a thing, I step toward it. If the fear increases, I step toward it with even more determination to face the fear and conquer it.

    Thanks for the help in making the mental/emotional shift so we can better take those steps into our fears and send them scurrying into the shadows of obscurity!

    • Tess March 27, 2012, 7:48 am

      I love your boldness! It’s contagious.

  • Evelyn Lim March 23, 2012, 9:27 pm

    Excellent list to let go of fear! I need to be constantly reminded to push myself beyond my comfort zone. Yes, action helps!

    • Tess March 27, 2012, 7:48 am

      We all do. Sometimes a break is needed and we can rest and breathe!

  • andrea March 24, 2012, 8:45 am

    Thanks so much Tess for this list! It was very uplifting. To get through my fears I journal daily and tell myself that fear is not fact and do it anyway.

  • Roger Tudor March 24, 2012, 9:30 am

    This is such a wonderful post Tess. I was wondering how could one possibly show us “75” ways of being bold when fear clutches you, but I was amazed that you mentioned the most effective ways, and now it seems that even 75 points are not enough here. I guess I should follow point no. 42 now. πŸ™‚

    Thanks for sharing this lovely post.


    • Tess March 27, 2012, 7:49 am

      Yes contentment is one thing. Profound is one that never leaves us. It’s an everyday commitment and some days I’m off;)

  • Sibyl March 26, 2012, 4:40 pm

    Great article. I love, love, love the list. What really spoke to me was #53. I think that’s a great suggestion and it is amazing how just lifting your attitude and enthusiasm can get things moving in the right direction. I actually was just reading another post of Paige’s with a similar recommendation so this message must really be for me today:)

    • Tess March 27, 2012, 7:51 am

      My friend Evita told me a couple of years ago…Don’t write unless you feel joy! So when I don’t feel that way I do something to increase my joy factor before I begin. Going out for a long run now.

  • Cathy | Treatment Talk March 27, 2012, 6:20 am

    Hi Tess,

    This is an amazing list! One of those that should be printed out. Fear can stop us from living our dreams, so it is important to face our fears and move through them. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Tess March 27, 2012, 7:51 am

    I think I’m going to expand on this list and see what happens. Thanks!

  • Betsy at Zen Mama March 28, 2012, 7:52 am

    Great tips Tess!! This is a print out post!!

  • Peggy Nolan March 28, 2012, 11:45 am

    Hi Tess – I definitely need to share this list with my readers! Especially #22!!

    I hope you are doing well my friend!


  • preston April 6, 2012, 1:58 pm

    Its reassuring to know that we don’t need to take a big leap every time we fear around

  • Naseeb khan October 29, 2013, 4:40 am

    Hi Tess
    I considerd myself that i am bold and fearless. Buf i cant get boldness and i become unbold day by day…
    What should i do…
    Plz someone help me…

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