150 Ways to Greet Your Fear and Live a Bold Life

I have a long list of fears waiting to limit me at any  moment. Most of them are related to the fear of failure, the fear of success, and the fear of change-but there are countless variations. Name a fear, and I’ve probably had it at some point.
      ~ Chris Guillebeau

  1. Begin rather than follow. 
  2. Connect with others.
  3. See fear as an opportunity.
  4. Dare yourself.
  5. Follow your heart and your dreams.
  6. Surrender to the moment.
  7. Love yourself through your fear.
  8. Be present and sit with your fear.
  9. Meditate twice daily. 
  10. Accept your fear.
  11. Be prepared, do the research.
  12. Let go of judgment.
  13. Do something creative. 
  14. Pray.
  15. Become a beginner. 
  16. Speak from your heart.
  17. Rewrite your history.
  18. Center and ground yourself. 
  19. Drop your negative story.
  20. Ask someone you admire for advice.
  21. Be kind to yourself. 
  22. Open up to your fear.
  23. Claim your courage. 
  24. Stand in your strength. 
  25. Speak up. 
  26. Break free from your emotional bondage.
  27. Find a way to feel good.
  28. Do something now.
  29. Ask for support.
  30. Let go of whose fault it is. 
  31. Breathe. 
  32. Listen to your intuition.
  33. Become crystal clear.
  34. Unhook from the approval of others.
  35. Use fear as an opportunity to transform.
  36. Hold a vision of love for your future.
  37. Know you're worthy of your good.
  38. Unleash and consult your genius. 
  39. Be determined and unstoppable.
  40. Chart your destiny.
  41. See your problems as possibilities.
  42. Lose sight of the shore.
  43. Stop doubting what you know.
  44. Create a magnificent plan.
  45. Dive in.
  46. Explore all of your options. 
  47. Decide to get things done.
  48. Imagine something wonderful happening.
  49. Spend time with those who love you.
  50. Go where you can be inspired. 
  51. Be with those who see your magnificence.
  52. Be uncool. Lose your need to fit in.
  53. Don’t allow fear to decide.
  54. Be you. Be seen. Be loved.
  55. Allow struggle. Breathe.
  56. Gather some cheerleaders.
  57. Partner with others.
  58. Create a support team.
  59. Experience what frightens you.
  60. Finish the sentence, “Wouldn’t it be nice to..?"
  61. Dare to fail.
  62. Don’t push against life. Go with the flow.
  63. Accept your imperfection. 
  64. Become an expert. 
  65. Befriend yourself.
  66. Put one foot in front of the other. 
  67. Take a nap.
  68. Dream of new beginnings.
  69. Take fear defeating action.
  70. Celebrate a past success.
  71. Write down the consequences of giving up.
  72. Put your self in the hot spot, be accountable to others.
  73. Trust in synchronicity and serendipity.
  74. Create space for your dream life.
  75. Take inspired action.
  76. Surrender the outcome. 
  77. Fall in love with the unknown, your paradise.
  78. Let go of striving and struggling. 
  79. Be willing to go through the dark place.
  80. Remember who you really are. 
  81. Have complete faith in the moment and the task.
  82. Look at fear as a beginning.
  83. Believe others want you to do well. 
  84. Enjoy life anyway.
  85. Believe in your ability to succeed. 
  86. Don’t stop, stand or wait. Move.
  87. Know what you really want.
  88. Believe that all of your problems are solved.
  89. Work effortlessly. 
  90. Allow yourself to be surprised. 
  91. Get comfortable with discomfort.
  92. Share your doubts with a confidant.
  93. Calm your frantic mind in nature.
  94. Look for and learn your lessons.
  95. See uncertainty as a path to possibility. 
  96. Let go of "needing" to know. 
  97. Celebrate the amazing life that you have.
  98. Raise your standards. Raise the stakes.
  99. Embrace fear as a learning experience. 
  100. Make it count.
  101. Dwell on what you want to be, have, and do.
  102. See it working out in the end.
  103. Be grateful in advance.
  104. Think of all the things that will go right. 
  105. Minimize mistakes. 
  106. Don’t compete. Einstein didn’t. 
  107. Root your actions in love.
  108. Practice loving yourself “as is.”
  109. Practice effortlessness.
  110. Cheer up. Believe that others are willing to help you.
  111. Reach out to somebody in need and serve.
  112. Be seriously amazing.
  113. Take a leap, the world won’t come to an end. 
  114. Remember the time you faced fear and won.
  115. Remain soft and open. Lean into your fear.
  116. Remember fear will arise and dissipate again and again. 
  117. You’re afraid. Jump anyway.
  118. Never stop living out loud. 
  119. Never stop believing.
  120. Take penguin steps.
  121. Believe in your abundance.
  122. Take your fear to the gym.
  123. Give up concern about tomorrow.
  124. Avoid detours.
  125. Create vs Imitate
  126. Look at others as friends not competitors.
  127. Pay attention to unease. 
  128. Refuse to betray yourself.
  129. Be obsessed with boldness.
  130. Be unique. Be you.
  131. Follow through.
  132. Intend to make the world a better place.
  133. Heal your past.
  134. Find your tribe. 
  135. Define success on your terms.
  136. Be insidious, insatiable, and relentless.
  137. Decide.
  138. Bring joy to your work.
  139. Laugh at yourself. Lighten up.
  140. Have a creative vision.
  141. Give up your biggest excuse.
  142. Take off your mask.
  143. Take your own advice.
  144. Bless your fear.
  145. Show up.
  146. Burn your excuses.
  147. Surrender to joy.
  148. Share how you feel.
  149. Connect and cooperate.
  150. Do big bold things.

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  • Harriet Cabelly July 29, 2012, 7:59 pm

    “Burn your excuses!” The most important one. This keeps us all back as we buy into our own BS excuses and actually believe them to be so.
    Great list!!

  • Vidya Sury July 29, 2012, 9:16 pm

    Tess, Have I told you I love you? I am telling you again. (and will continue to do so). I a list-fanatic and simply love this one.
    143. Take your own advice – beautiful!
    128.Refuse to betray yourself.
    Oh, I’d repeat all 150. I read the list twice.
    I’ve got a “Tess” folder – a bright orange one with your list posts filed in them to read whenever I like. Thank you so much. I am blessed we’re connected!

    Have a fabulous week!

  • Karen July 30, 2012, 6:15 am

    My favorites: Take your own advice & refuse to betray yourself. I also took a penguin step and exercised in the pool yesterday. Yahoo. Thanks for another inspirational blog post.


  • Elle July 30, 2012, 6:25 am

    Wow Tess, you’ve really outdone yourself with this list. So many gems here, and I plan to read it again. And then again. I love a list of all the reasons why I can do something and I’ll be putting some of these on my little stickies and have them up all over the place!

  • Cathy | Treatment Talk July 30, 2012, 8:14 am

    Inspiring list, Tess. One of those to keep and refer to. Thanks!

  • Victor July 30, 2012, 10:45 am

    Tess, my favorite is #107 – Root your actions in love. Wow. Awesome list! Thank you! 🙂

  • Drew Myers July 30, 2012, 12:53 pm

    150 things? Really? I firmly believe there are three cornerstones to living boldly:

    1) Put God first

    2) Love deeply

    3) Be grateful

    Confession: I’m partial to No. 139 on your list!

  • Paige | simple mindfulness July 30, 2012, 10:03 pm

    With a list like this, there’s definitely no excuse for letting our fears hold us back. Many of these gems look like some of the wisdom and inspiration garnered at WDS. Now that’s an amazing group to connect with and practice many of these actions! I’m totally inspired! Thank you so much Tess!!

  • Arvind Devalia July 31, 2012, 3:44 am

    Tess, bravo!

    What a fabulous list – and one everyone should print out and carry with them o fight the fear demons any time they show up:-)

    My favourites – surround to joy and find a way to feel good.

    Joy seems to be showing up a lot in my life right now – so many good things all around us in London right now!

    Thanks again Tess.

  • Joshua Tilghman July 31, 2012, 9:28 am

    Wow, fantastic list! Thanks for brightening my morning with some ideas to get myself motivated to succeed today. The two most important for me today:

    Dwell on what you want to be, have, and do.
    See it working out in the end.


  • Nay July 31, 2012, 5:42 pm

    I have to confess.
    I thought the 9th one said MediCate twice daily.
    When I did a double take, I laughed until tears streamed down my face. I have to wonder if this was some kinda freudian slip?!
    The laughter in and of itself motivatred me.
    Great post.
    Thank You So Much

  • Megan Bord July 31, 2012, 5:46 pm

    Tess, these two (coupled together!) stood out for me:
    Be with those who see your magnificence. (YES YES YES! I often need reminding that I’m enough. My friends help me remember and/or see it when I can’t.)
    Be uncool. Lose your need to fit in. (I LOVE THIS ONE!!!)

    150 – you just don’t stop! Another BOLD tip—Tess, you’re the best!

  • Evelyn Lim August 1, 2012, 12:37 am

    Tess, you make a great coach for addressing Fear! This is a great list!

    To awesomeness and beyond!

  • Lucas Merdis August 1, 2012, 10:06 pm

    Love your posts, Tess!

  • Sandra / Always Well Within August 4, 2012, 3:55 pm

    I like the idea of being prepared, doing the research and having beginner’s mind! Thanks!

  • Galen Pearl August 5, 2012, 6:32 pm

    Love #67–take a nap. Reminds me of a true story about a bear that fell off the side of a bridge onto a ledge. There was no way up and no way down. The ground was far below. There didn’t seem to be any way to help him, so he was left to his fate. The next morning, the bear was sound asleep on the ledge. With renewed interest, they figured out a way to rig a net below him. They sedated him and nudged him into the net and lowered him to the ground, where, after waking up refreshed, he walked calmly away!

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