Fear

How My Fear of the Unknown Sabotages Relationships – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

“Let go of the need to control the outcome. Trust the process. Trust your intuition. Trust yourself.” ~Unknown I was talking with a friend one day at work, and we were discussing dating and the rejection that comes with that and the sense of failure and disappointment. We were talking about how we struggle to even get close to dating someone because we get in our own way, and our thoughts stop us from moving forward because we’re scared. We’re…

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What Most People Are Afraid Of — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

“It is not death most people are afraid of. It is getting to the end of life, only to realize that you never truly lived.” ~ Prince Ea What a sad thing it is to live your life as if you were already dead. To allow your fears, doubts, insecurities, and all those feelings of unworthiness to convince you that is safer to give up on yourself, your dreams and your whole life than it is to be bold, brave and adventurous. What…

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The Emperor’s New Clothes: A Story About Embracing Authenticity and Courage – Meditation Article

Have you ever done something that wasn’t quite authentic simply to impress other people? Have you ever gone along with something that didn’t feel right out of fear of what others might think of you if you spoke up? There’s a story about this you might remember from your childhood. Hans Christian Anderson’s ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’ is a fairy tale about two con men who pretended to be weavers and convinced the Emperor they had a magical fabric with…

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The Lost Art of Experimenting Your Way to Happiness – Self Improvement Article

We’ve all been there.You gobble up books, courses, blogs, seminars.You do everything in your power to find the key to lasting happiness.Yet it seems to elude you. You try harder. You put in more time. And you end up exhausted.You want to give up, but you can’t, because you think this is what you have to do to live life to the fullest.But the truth is that searching isn’t going to give you the answers you seek.Happiness is not a technique.…

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12 Ways to Deal with Major Life Changes — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

“They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.” ~ Confucius Change is a natural part of life, and even though we might perceive the small and major life changes that we are constantly faced with as a reason to stress, fear and worry about, the truth of the matter is that a lot of times, when we let go of the old experiences and welcome the new ones, the good we had in the past is…

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Why You Can’t Logically Figure Out Your Passion – Self Improvement Article

I’ve been helping people find and follow their passion since 2009.And I’ve been on this path myself for my whole adult life.What has become clear is that you can’t logically force your passion to reveal itself.It’s a process of experimenting, discovering, and letting go.We’re all born with a specific set of strengths.Everyone perceives the world differently, which means we all have a unique contribution to make.But we grow up around people that tell us what we can do, and what we…

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Failure vs. Defeat (Are You Confusing the Two?)Pick the Brain – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

Failure is often a sharp, bitter, pill… And it can feel so personal, and FINAL. But, is failure really a bad thing? Maybe you are confusing failure with defeat? Consider this: Failure is defined as, “a lack of success.” Defeat is defined as, “An unsuccessful ending to a struggle or contest.” You can think of it this way: failure is learning from experience on the way to success, while defeat is giving up. So, if you think about it, failure…

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6 Things You Should Forgive Yourself For — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

“Forgive yourself for the mistakes of the past and all the things you think you have done wrong. That was the best you knew how to do at that moment. Now that you know better, you can do better.” ~ Luminita D. Saviuc Forgiveness has the power to liberate you from a world of pain, fear, darkness, and despair. When you forgive yourself, you make the journey from self-hatred to self-love. And you go from living in absolute darkness to…

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3 Powerful Steps to Dealing with Sadness – Self Improvement Article

Everyone goes through periods of sadness.Sadness is natural, yet most of us run away from our feelings.When we run away, we fail to uncover the hidden treasures within.Why? Because sadness has something to teach us.It’s here to nudge us to look within, to release yourself from the mental shackles that never existed.Let’s look at how you can do that, shall we?The VideoThe first step is to watch the video below, where I share what I’ve discovered to work.The video and article…

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6 Ways to Boost Your Courage Right Now – Personal Development Article

The most important purpose of fear, which is to help us stay safe, has served humankind faithfully ever since the first people roamed the Earth. It represents our fight-or-flight response to dangerous situations, heightening our awareness and sharpening our senses in moments when it matters the most. This is why, contrary to widespread perception, fear isn’t necessarily a bad thing.However, fear can also hold us back and affect our lives negatively. It can hurt our relationships, prevent us from embracing…

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Uh-Oh! – Ignatian Spirituality – Spiritual Article

When my grandson was just learning to communicate, “Uh-oh!” was one of his standby phrases. This is pretty common for young children, but what struck me was that he didn’t utter it only when something “bad” happened. Whenever there was any transition, such as going from one room to the next or getting in and out of the car, he would say, “Uh-oh!” It was cute, but I wonder if sometimes I respond the same way to potential or real…

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Healing the Addiction to Fixing and Rescuing Others — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

“The empath rescuer has learned that taking responsibility for other people’s actions and rescuing them is a sure way of receiving love and attention.” ~ Luminita D. Saviuc The Addiction to Fixing and Rescuing Others The empath rescuer has learned early on in life that taking responsibility for other people and rescuing them from their actions is a sure way of receiving love and attention. Therefore, they give so much of themselves away to the point of self-sacrifice. Blinded by…

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A Slip of the Tongue – Self Improvement Article

A couple of months ago while showering I felt a lump the size of a jellybean just under my armpit. My heart immediately started pounding, and my mind immediately started racing. I had Dan feel it, and he, too, was obviously concerned. I made an appointment with my doctor for later that day, and he ordered an ultrasound for later that week. I did my best to put it out of my mind and was thankful that I had extra…

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5 Ways To Bounce Back From Failure And Rejection – Self Improvement Article

Think back to the last time you were rejected by someone special or failed at something you worked hard on. How did it make you feel? Like bricks falling on your chest? You must have then been told cliche statements like,  “Failure is the stepping stone to success.” But does knowing this automatically fix how you feel?  When we face major rejection or failure, things seem like they’re spiralling out of our control. Your self-esteem and self-worth take a major…

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7 Truths about Our Emotional Needs – Positivity Article

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Introvert Whisperer / How to be a More Spontaneous Introvert – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

These days it seems that anyone short of a social media “influencer” can declare “I’m an extraverted introvert!” It’s like a sugarcoated way of saying “I’m normal, but I’d like to appear nuanced.”We’ve all had days when we feel shy. But for a true introvert, getting out and trying new things is a big challenge. If you’re reading this, maybe you know what that’s like. Breaking the ice and getting comfortable going “off-plan” can be hugely liberating, but it’s…

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The Most Common Fears in America and How You Can Overcome Them – Self Improvement Article

The word “fear” often bears a very negative connotation. It’s seen as an emotional response that holds us back, puts us on edge, and breeds discomfort. At its core, though, fear is actually a force of good. It’s a biological response that keeps us safe whenever we perceive danger. So, while fear gets a bad wrap, it’s more of a misnomer than anything. A true frivolous fright is called a “phobia”. A recent survey conducted by Sofary revealed the most common…

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When You’re Afraid of Making Mistakes – Self Improvement Article

If you make a mistake, you could ruin your chances of living the life you want. One single mistake and you’re done. It’s essential that you get everything perfect before you start. Right? No. Somewhere along the way, we took a wrong turn. We learned to believe that mistakes are to be avoided like the plague. We learned that perfection was essential, because only then would we be guaranteed success, and happiness. But life doesn’t work like that. There is no perfection. There is…

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When You Feel Like a Fraud – Self Improvement Article

We’ve all been there. You feel like you’re putting on a show. You’re afraid that someone will see through your mask. You’re scared of being humiliated. The story goes on and on. It’s excruciating. I know, because I’ve been there. I’ve wanted to give up in frustration. I’ve battled my inner demons. Luckily, there is a way out. When You Feel Like a Fraud — The Video We’re all human. That means we experience the full rainbow of thoughts and emotions. The answer has never been…

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The 8 Core Excuses Standing Between You And Your Dreams – Self Improvement Article

We all have our excuses. They feel unique to each one of us, but in reality, we all deal with the same core excuses. Excuses are imaginary walls standing between you and your dreams. They can keep you from writing that book, picking up your guitar, starting a blog, or traveling the world. If following your passion was easy, everybody would skip right along to the good stuff. The more real your excuses seem, the more you’re onto something meaningful.…

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A Sneak Peek of My First Novel – Self Improvement Article

I’ve created something new, and I’m both excited and nervous to share it with you. I wrote a novel called The Breakdown, which I’ll be releasing this summer! And…it’s part of a 3-book series, which will all be released by the end of next year! So this is good news, right? I’m a writer, and I’ve written something that I’m proud of, that I can fully stand behind. I feel that I’ve given the main character a voice that needs…

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What to Do When You Can’t Figure Life Out – Self Improvement Article

Don’t know what you want? Don’t know where to go? Don’t even know where to start? On top of all this, you may feel like you need clarity, and you need it now. Yet the problem isn’t what you think it is. It’s not your job to figure your life out. It’s your job to live life, and to do the best you can in this very moment. Doesn’t make sense, does it? That’s why we’ll dive deeper into this,…

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The Key Ingredient to Your Success – Self Improvement Article

Image Credit: Twenty20.com It always seems to happen the same way. You start a new habit. It’s a great habit. It’s making your day better. In fact, it seems like it will improve your life. If only you could remain consistent. Consistency is the thing that stands between us and achieving the goals we talk about wanting so much. There could be any number of reasons why you don’t feel self-motivated enough to remain consistent with new habits. One reason…

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Moving Away from Fear to Faith — Purpose Fairy

“Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it isn’t there. You can’t see the future, yet you know it will come; you can’t see the air, yet you continue to breathe.” ~ Claire London Faith is an absolute belief in the unseen, and hope for the puzzle pieces in life to align together. The challenge many of us face throughout our days is living in faith vs fear. It’s like there is a battle waging within us constantly. WE…

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How to Stop Worrying About Money (and Overcome a Scarcity Mindset)

I used to worry about money constantly. I was gripped by the fear of poverty, and not having enough money. But that is quickly becoming a thing of the past. My mindset is transforming from scarcity to abundance. In this article, I’ll share what I’ve discovered, and my journey to overcoming my fear of not having enough money. Before we begin, remember: This isn’t about how the digits in your bank account line up. This is about how you relate…

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12 Steps to Overcome Spiritual Depression (or the Dark Night of the Soul)

Does life suddenly feel meaningless and empty? Do you feel hopeless about the future? Are you low on energy, and don’t feel like doing anything? Then you may be in what many refer to as the dark night of the soul, which is a period where everything feels hopeless and meaningless. I’ve gone through something similar. In this article, you’ll discover how I got through that time, and how I managed to turn it into a positive experience. What I…

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When You Feel Like Nothing is Happening

There are times when I feel like nothing is happening. I don’t feel inspired to do much. I don’t feel like writing. I don’t have ideas for books. I don’t know what to do, or what’s coming. Sometimes it even feels like my life is falling apart. However, deep down, I know that something is building up. It always is. Just because I feel like nothing is happening doesn’t make it so. Life is constantly changing. There is always something bubbling beneath the seemingly…

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Why Life Doesn’t Turn Out the Way You Want

“It is the great north wind that made the vikings.” – Scandinavian Proverb Have you noticed that your life doesn’t always turn out the way you want? In fact, more often than not, you don’t get what you want. Or.. You don’t get what you think you want. This is a good thing. It’s life nudging you in the right direction. It’s life showing you where you need to grow, and what you need to release, to become the person…

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A Guide to Dealing with the Dark Side of Personal Growth

If you meditate, or do any kind of effective personal growth work, you may eventually run into some sticky territory. Namely, you’ll have to face the darkness within you. Personal development is not just about positivity and utopia. Eventually, if you’re doing the work, you will have to embrace the things you’ve been avoiding. It is only by traveling through this “darkness” that you find peace and equanimity. I’ve written about going through depression and my own dark night of the…

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When You’re Afraid of Putting Yourself Out There

Have you ever avoided taking action because you were afraid of putting yourself out there? The tension between wanting to hide and wanting to succeed is a feeling I know all too well. But I also know that if I want to do work I love, I have to go out there and actually do something. I can’t let other people, or my fears, control my life. Yes, you may face negativity when you start a business, write, or whatever it is…

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