Julie M Elman illustrates other people’s fears for her website Fear Project. The fears she covers are as varied as the people who submit them, but it’s cool to see all the creative ways she chooses to display them. One I like a lot was about fear around decision making as it reminded me of a reflection I did a little while back.
She also has a Q & A post on her site answering some questions about why she started the project, what some of her fears are and how she handles fear in her life. I like how she has a philosophy that she calls “dare-to-suck” which is all about allowing yourself to take risks despite how things may turn out. This is so hard for me and a good reminder. She says, “I can only speak from my own experiences with fear — but I have found that facing the fear head-on and walking through it is one way to lessen its power. Sometimes, I’ve discovered, things are a lot bigger and scarier in our own heads.”
Check out her site and browse through the illustrations, you can even purchase them.
Chirlane McCray, wife of New York City’s new mayor Bill de Blasio, recently shared how she overcame (and is still overcoming) her fear of public speaking. This was so nice to read. For many of us, public speaking can be terrifying and it’s nice to read about someone who is in the public eye who struggled with it too.
One thing she says is “It’s not that there’s any magic to it. It’s like a muscle, you just do it, and do it, and do it again.” I think this takes away the magic from it and makes public speaking not something that you can only do if you were born with certain qualities, but makes it something that can be learned that can be less scary the more times you do it.
This isn’t new, but I just found this video on the YouTube channel WellCast about overcoming fear. It’s illustrated and the five tricks it presents are actually very helpful. It’s also funny to me because the example used in the video is of someone who was afraid to learn how to drive (I just got my driver’s license, something that terrified me before).
I love when words are used as acronyms. Dr. Pamela D. Garcy recently wrote an article for Psychology Today where she shared the acronym for FEAR that she created to help her clients:
Focus instead of freaking out
Expose instead of escape
Approach instead of avoid
Rehearse a lot
The article goes into each letter in depth and it was really helpful, the kind of article you refer back to and try out, and I suggest you read it if the acronym looks at all interesting to you. She also shares the LMNOP Cycle, another acronym created by Akshay Nanavati. I love how there are so many different ways to deal with fear and going for your dreams!
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