Warning: How To Tell If Fear Is Holding You Back

What would you do if fear wasn’t holding you back?

For some that would mean traveling overseas, going back to school, starting a new job, or tackling a project that you have no idea how to do.  Maybe you’re here today because you seek an organized home and life for your family, but have no idea how to achieve it. 

Everyone has experienced fear, fear that holds them back from a life they desire.

Impact of Fear on My Life

Fear has always had a huge impact on my life.  As a little girl, I was VERY shy and would hide behind my mom’s legs. 

When I was in second grade I attended a Christian school and due to the number of students in the classroom was asked to move up to the next class.  My mom, knowing how fearful I was to make the change to be with older kids, wrote out a Bible verse that has always stuck with me.

As a Christian, I know that fear does not come from the Lord and I have the ability to overcome it and so do you!  

There have been many events in my life that I’ve had to push past the fear in order to achieve the life I desired.  Moving off to college at eighteen, starting a career as a Speech-Language Pathologist, becoming a mom, moving, and starting over.

But fear is not just for the big moments in your life but also occurs in our daily lives as well.  Fear of failing as a mom or as a wife, running a meeting at work, public speaking, going to a party, and making small talk. 

My latest fear is starting this blog and not knowing how people will respond to it.  The list could go on and on…

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How do we push past our fears?

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Ruth Soukup, a blogger and New York Times bestselling author, has written a book called “do it scared” to address this very topic.  Through her blogging academy and podcasts, I have come to appreciate her ability to push past her fears and do it scared anyways.

Through a massive study, she was able to nail down seven different types of fear archetypes.  They include the following: the procrastinator, the rule follower, the people pleaser, the outcast, the self-doubter, the excuse maker, and the pessimist. 

Results From My Assessment

A questionnaire was developed to help determine your top three fear archetypes.  My top three were: the procrastinator, the rule follower, and the people pleaser.   You can find out your top three fear archetypes by going to https://assessment.doitscared.com

I’ve never deemed myself as a procrastinator but when I read about the archetype it completely made sense.  The procrastinator is when you’re most afraid of making a mistake. 

I’m a perfectionist at heart and sometimes it’s hard to take the first step when you don’t have the perfect plan. 

The assessment goes on to further explain how your archetype might be holding you back but also ways it can help you. 

For instance, the procrastinator likes to have thing done “right,” has a fear of making a mistake, and can spend too much time researching and planning.  On the positive side, the procrastinator typically produces high-quality work, tends to be well organized, and gives great attention to detail. 

No wonder I LOVE to organize…. It’s all making perfect sense now!

Next Steps…

Starting this blog has really forced me to recognize and push past my fears. 

Do I still over research and try not to make a mistake… yes!  But I’m learning to face it head-on and to DO IT SCARED anyways!  The more I understand myself and how fear plays a role in my life the better I can be proactive and take charge. 

The same is true for you!

Knowing what you fear is the first step in overcoming it, and taking action is the antidote to it! 

“Do it Scared” can be found on Amazon or at Target. You can get it as a hardcover or Kindle… even as an audiobook narrated by Ruth herself.

Please join me in the journey to “finding the courage to face your fears, overcome adversity and create a life you love.”  Get the book, find out your top three archetypes and get ready to DO IT SCARED and tackle your goals!

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  1. Debbie Brownfield says:

    Tera, what an excellent beginning! It’s a joy to read and it pulled on a few heart strings! Doing it scared is how I went back college as well as many other situations in life. May God bless you you as you , “Do It Scared”. ❤️

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