Sunday 19 November 2017

Your happiness upgrade: do one scary thing each day

Stock image of a female college student.
Stock image of a female college student.

Marianne Power

Twenty-seven years ago, an American woman called Susan Jeffers wrote a book called Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway which went on to be a self-help classic.

Jeffers, a psychologist and a single mum, argued that if we sit around waiting for the day we feel brave enough, pretty enough, clever enough or strong enough to do the things we want to do, we'll never do anything. The secret of successful people is not that they get less scared by things, but that they feel the fear and do it anyway.

She says that, actually, we should all be scared every day because it's a sign that we're pushing ourselves and moving forward - and the only way to stop being scared of something is to go out and do it. Now. The more risks you take, the stronger you will feel in yourself, knowing that you can handle anything.

So start today - do one tiny thing that scares you.

Smile at that guy at work, say 'no' to your boss, put on that dress you never have the guts to wear…

Marianne Power is the author of

Irish Independent

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