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RAW Book Review: Feel the fear and do it anyway

The Real African|| By Dumani Mandela

I, like four million other South Africans, suffer from mental illness and sometimes setting goals for one’s self is difficult.

I suffer from bipolar which is a mood disorder brought on by a chemical imbalance in the brain that makes day-to-day activities very difficult. With me, I usually go through a lot of dread with just making simple decisions like should I go ahead with a project. And even at times when I have gone forward with a project, I will feel a lot of dread that society does not need my project nor my contribution. 

This dread is something that over the years I have tried to deal with through medication, but at times there comes along a book that addressed some of our concerns in such a way that it allows us to deal with the dread in a positive manner without an overreliance on pharmaceutical medication. 

This book for me has been: Feel the fear and do it anyway by Susan Jeffers.  This book has been out for a number of years and the first print was in 1987.

Since its inception, the book has gone on to sell more than two million copies worldwide. Aside from providing the reader, relevant and easily accessible advice about how to overcome fear, the book also has a number of testimonials on each subject by people whose lives have been changed by it. The book is about 250 pages, but trust me, when you make your way through the content, you will be amazed at how quickly one goes through the book and how easy the concepts are around conquering fear. 

From addressing your conscious and subconscious mind through affirmations to moving from pain to personal power, the book is full of gems with every page. 

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Susan Jeffers

Although one does not have to suffer from mental illness like myself to read this book, I would recommend it to anyone who has an unhealthy relationship with fear in their lives which stops them from pursuing the kind of lives that they would like to live. The book restates over and over again that by removing fear in our lives will give us the space to pursue those things we feel deeply about and to allow the universe to conspire with us in how we live our lives. 

Although it is stated in the book that fear is necessary and will always be there, it does not have to be the basis for how we live our lives. 

Life is beautiful and is filled with so many rewards if we are willing to deal with the fear in our lives in a way that we manage it proactively and allow for our conscious mind to deal with it in a way that uplifts our soul and assist us to find our life’s purpose. 

This book Feel the fear and do it anyway, comes highly recommended from the Raw Book Desk and is a must read for all who would like to effectively deal with managing fear in their lives. 


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