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AWAP Wednesday: How Do I Handle Fear of Success?

Posted by on Nov 5, 2014 in acceptance, career, fears, featured, friends and family, practicalities, Work | 7 comments

Today’s AWAP Wednesday video answers a question that I hear over and over and over again: What happens if I start to get better? What happens if I succeed, will people expect even more? What happens if I can’t  live up to their expectations? (The question-asker was reading this post on Tiny Buddha which sparked her question.) In the video, I offer a strategy I’ve used in my own life to cope with fears of success. I think we all face this at some time or another, so I’m excited to share a strategy that really works for me. Check out the video now: Now it’s your turn: How do you face fear about success? Have you had difficult situations or conversations about getting better but not meeting the expectations of others? I’d love it if you shared your story in the comments below this video’s post. We have AWESOME conversations every day at the site and I would LOVE for you to be part of the community! Did you like this video? Please “like” it on YouTube or Facebook and share it with your friends through social media. Want to watch more videos like this? Check out our AWAP Wednesday video playlist, which has more than five hours of guidance, advice, and bloopers. Is there a question I can answer for YOU? Add it to the comments below, or shoot me an email. Until we meet again: Be AWAP! Smooches! *AWAP = As Well As Possible A (rough) transcript: A fellow ChronicBabe writes: I was reading a post on Tiny Buddha and it hit me between the eyes, and is really your message in many ways: ‘You know what I was really terrified of? Deep inside of me, there was the awareness that, even if I fit every symptom in the book, I had no excuse to live half a life. Somewhere in there I knew I wasn’t really broken. I was terrified of what my responsibilities would be if I allowed myself to be, truly, whole.’ So, how do you address the fear of being AWAP? If I start to put myself out there and things start to take off… what if I can’t keep up? I’m truly terrified of that!!! Usually meeting one responsibility well means more will be added… Thanks for all you do and for inspiring me and addressing the tough stuff. Well first, thank YOU for your gratitude and trust. I do try to hit the tough topics, and this is definitely one of them that I, myself, fear sometimes. When the question of “what will I do if things go really well?” comes up for me, I try to take a breath. Paradoxically, if I’m fearing success, it usually means...

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AWAP Wednesday: How to Begin to Face Fear

Posted by on Oct 22, 2014 in coping, fears, featured, practicalities, resilience | 8 comments

Today’s AWAP Wednesday video focuses on a foundational practice. We’re talking about fear: How to identify it, how to analyze it and get to its root, and how to move on. In the video, I run you through a short exercise that can help you get to the bottom of many fears, and help you game out some alternate scenarios that are positive and encouraging. Crazy concept, right?! Check out the video now: Now it’s your turn: How do you face fear when it rears its ugly head? I’d love it if you shared your story in the comments below this video’s post. We have AWESOME conversations every day at the site and I would LOVE for you to be part of the community! Did you like this video? Please “like” it on YouTube or Facebook and share it with your friends through social media. Want to watch more videos like this? Check out our AWAP Wednesday video playlist, which has more than five hours of guidance, advice, and bloopers. Is there a question I can answer for YOU? Add it to the comments below, or shoot me an email. Until we meet again: Be AWAP! Smooches! *AWAP = As Well As Possible A (rough) transcript: Today I want to talk to you about fear. Many of you write me questions about fears you experience, and I WILL try to answer many of them over time. But today I wanted to talk just a little bit about the root of fear, and what we can do to begin facing our fears. The biology of fear: Fear generates a hormonal burst meant to help us fight or flight, and that’s great when you’re being chased by a grizzly bear or something. But feeling this day-to-day, week-to-week, year after year… that takes an enormous toll on our endocrine systems, wearing down our resilience and messing with our immune system. I bet you already know all that, but I wanted to give you a quick reminder. We know fear is bad for us physically. Emotionally, it’s a real bitch, too. Fear can paralyze us, making it difficult to make big decisions with clarity. Fear can keep us from being our authentic selves with others. Fear keeps us from asking important questions. And all of this feeds into the worst thing fear does: Fear keeps us from changing. All humans face fear It’s normal for ANY human being to experience fear. For those of us with chronic illness, it’s common for fear to be much more prevalent. And why not, considering all that we go through? There’s so much day-to-day uncertainty to keep us amped out of our minds. But starting today, I want you to begin taking steps to...

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