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Noteworthy Journey: Task 8
Fear: Face Your Fears

Nothing holds us back like the fear of failure. We can go to great lengths to avoid failure. But in doing so, are we sabotaging our own success at something that might truly fulfill us?

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Carol M 23624450

August 22, 2017 - 8:14am

Fear I will have health issues that I can not afford to pay for and or loss of the ability to do the things I like to do!!

Penny N

August 19, 2017 - 7:54am

My greatest fear is that I will excel at something outside of my comfort zone and then be expected by other people to continue the trend.

Mary Jane B

August 18, 2017 - 9:36pm

FEAR can have two definitions: Fear Everything And Run.  OR Face Everything And Rise.

Mandy G

August 8, 2017 - 3:53pm

The fear of failure is so real! But you won’t always fail, and if you do, it can turn into a learning and growing experience that you wouldn’t have experience had you not tried. Sometimes you’ve just got to take a leap!

Brenda P

August 7, 2017 - 8:53am

I’ve faced and conquered a lot of fears in my 60 years on earth.  I find, however, that sometimes fear is our alarm system that warns us to stop and evaluate before taking action.

Jodie H

August 4, 2017 - 8:04am

Wonderful

Charlotte F

August 3, 2017 - 11:21am

Oh I of course have lots of fears! I’m still young in life and I sometimes fear taking big steps. I’m also a planner and sometimes we can not just have it all planned out. I work through my fears by journaling and giving myself affirmations that I will overcome my fears and that I am strong!

Nancy B

August 2, 2017 - 6:26pm

I tend to fear the unknown, that which is out there in the future.  Pressing the “play” button (staying present) usually remedies my worries.

N. Masani L

August 2, 2017 - 10:43am

My fears tend to boil more into worry. I am still working on this. Grapefruit oils tend to lift my spirit and affirmations. This something I need to work on more. I tend to take on things and work through them, it is the aftermath that I need help on.

Linda C 1383584232

August 2, 2017 - 10:19am

I am having problems even thinking about what the things are.

Heidi C

August 2, 2017 - 9:23am

I don’t see myself as a fearful person, but I know there are things I avoid when they are outside my comfort zone. This is a task that will require more thought and action over the coming days and weeks.

Jodi S

August 2, 2017 - 9:23am

This has been my favorite task so far. I fear change but am mindfully working to get past it. Thank you for the great reminder!

Mandy C 569440641

August 1, 2017 - 6:40pm

I love the idea of leaning on friends for ideas!

Donna R 523010227

August 1, 2017 - 8:39am

This reflection is heavy.  I am pondering this still and will successfully put this fear behind me.  I come up with tons of excuses.  I shall no more.

Sharon S 62427155

August 1, 2017 - 8:06am

I have been working towards conquering my fear of change, I know I am stuck in the past, and that fear has held me back from making changes that will free me to finally live the life I want.  I sm going to try the cedarwood oil.

Patty E

August 1, 2017 - 8:00am

Great idea to do this with a friend!

maryann t 1249378127

August 1, 2017 - 7:28am

Looking At things that I overcame in the past helps motivate me and give me confidence to push through fears.

Linda H 594503634

July 31, 2017 - 3:45pm

I am so fear of everything. success, failure, my kids getting hurt, so many more

Ginger L

July 31, 2017 - 9:02am

This task is interesting in that it highlights the connection between procrastination and fear. Avoiding tasks due to fear of failure or fear of facing certain consequences can be very limiting. It’s important to face these fears to be able to move beyond limiting circumstances.

Heather P 363232057

July 30, 2017 - 3:31pm

A lot of emotions are coming to the surface daily as I go thru the divorce process. When fear comes up now, it’s more about future uncertainty surrounding income levels. I’m not afraid to be without my partner, my heart just aches deeply. I have made myself stay open to the emotions as they emerge and give myself permission to express those emotions, even if I’m at work and can spend a few min in the break area. I want to grieve as it comes up.

Mari G

July 28, 2017 - 10:04am

I have very high social anxiety that has gotten worse over the years.  I’ve recently seen a therapist who has done two EMDR sessions and have gain insight on how my thoughts are connected.  I hope to heal with more time.

Jennifer F 1789836209

July 27, 2017 - 10:10am

I used to suffer from anxiety & panic attacks.  I know that fear has most often ruled my life.  I am beginning to grow out of that—but I know there are deep-seeded ones still yet to be addressed.

Cathy cs

July 26, 2017 - 8:41pm

1 of my fears is letting go of some of the past.. but I have good memories from the past and so I need to let go of most of the physical baggage now. Most of the emotional has been dealt with over time. That has been a healing process. Now, so many things seem to just be clutter. It’s an exciting nervous/scary.  I KNOW I’ll be happier without the clutter.  I have other things I want to focus on for myself. I just need to tackle the boxes that have been patiently waiting and rid. I have a plan of x amount of time spent doing extra in the rooms/boxes a day. I have an agenda.

Valerie J

July 26, 2017 - 7:34pm

Meeting new people. Or trying to advance my career fills me with anxiety

Julie M

July 26, 2017 - 7:05am

I will need to work on the fearless component.

Wendie H

July 25, 2017 - 10:11pm

I’ve always felt like I’m fearless, but I know that isn’t true…going deep is a great exercise for me to do now.

Adriana A

July 25, 2017 - 8:23pm

So many times is easier to stay comfortable, yet nothing will change.  Fear can be an indication of a treasure waiting on the other side.

NĂ©

July 25, 2017 - 6:58pm

I had just read that Rejection is Redirection. It made me realize all the things I have hesitated to do based on the possibility that the response may be negative. Being uncomfortable is something I avoid. Perhaps now, I can turn that around.

shannon o

July 25, 2017 - 6:32pm

Cedarwood is my new favourite!

Jean U

July 25, 2017 - 4:59pm

I think I have a lot of fears subconsciously that has made it difficult to achieve new heights. For instance this task showed me I have a fear of being taken advantage of and this makes it difficult to trust. I realized it scares me because I hate feeling bad. I needed this task because I realized I could forgive and move forward instead of hold on to fear. Sad to say, this is just one fear. I have work to do!

Lori M

July 25, 2017 - 1:53pm

My biggest fear is a lack of approval or acceptance from others.  However, it stems from a lack of approval of myself.  I am working through my fear with Loving Kindness meditation.

Caroline M

July 24, 2017 - 10:28pm

I had a lot of fear in my life. I’m working on letting those not run my life anymore. I have been pretty good with it but it is a everyday fight. Bringing my confidence back up.

Jacqueline M

July 24, 2017 - 10:16pm

Even if you fear something goes thru it and move past it and make your dreams come true!

Stacey

July 24, 2017 - 5:46pm

Lately, I’ve been avoiding a lot because the fears are great….CHANGE!!!! I do not like to experience it but now with a few situations, it is inevitable…..after 9 years, we need to move….wow, that’s scares me because of the “what if’s”,  but it also excites me because of new beginnings….I am also getting a divorce, which heightens my fears, but once those papers are signed, there will be excitement….I need to give my fears to the Man Above and have my faith assure me that everything will be fine….if it was just me, I am my own worst enemy….

Stephanie W

July 24, 2017 - 7:59am

I have been struggling to get on top of my housework due to working to much and feeling burned out.  I asked my mom to help me and we got it done on Saturday.  I’m very self-reliant and it was difficult for me to ask for help.  It was humbling for my mom to see how messy my house had gotten.  But I’m so thankful that she helped me and we got to spend time together and then we walked to get ice cream after.

Melyssa S

July 23, 2017 - 6:11pm

This task has helped me to have the courage to make the decision of which car to buy.  I have been going back and forth between two and wasn’t sure.
I feel confident in the right choice!

Eve J

July 22, 2017 - 4:37pm

Ive avoided living how I want because of what others will say, think or feel. I’ve learned that I can no longer play small or subside my light for anyone. I have in the past because of fear of the unknown or opposition. Somehow living in your fullness offends and bothers those who may not Have the courage to do so themselves. Peace, love and Strength to all with the courage to face fears.

Rachael C

July 22, 2017 - 7:24am

I’ve really spent the last year doing this very thing. Identifying fears and what gives them their power. I think a lot of times just knowing what gives them power goes a long way in dispelling them. One of my biggest fears was finishing things. I would start, and work hard, then I’d get almost done and quit. I finally realized I was looking for an emotional fulfillment from those things, and when I got close to finishing, I was afraid it wouldn’t bring that fulfillment I was looking for, so I’d just stop. So this year, I’ve been a finisher. I took away the power of those things to have any control over my emotional state or sense of worth. I’m taking joy in the attempts, and win or lose…at least I’m not surrounded by fear and unfinished business.

iris n

July 21, 2017 - 1:21am

Having a friend to confide in helps to give courage and to see my inner strength.

Flissa M

July 21, 2017 - 12:04am

I’ve been avoiding confrontation with my sis and bro because I moved away and they grew closer. That’s nice but I sometimes feel like the odd man out. I need to step up and step in. We all love each other. I’m just wasting time not getting involved. I can’t wait to call both of them after rethinking this. Thank you!  I’ll put them on a 3-way call for fun!!!

Melissa K

July 19, 2017 - 11:17am

I have been fearing/avoiding several things in life..and it is effecting my happiness! Time to get to the root of these fears and work through them!

Mendy R

July 18, 2017 - 5:56pm

I was surprised to hear what my friends had to say about what they thought my fears were. It showed me how well they know me and how much they care about me. It was very supportive.

Alicia D 1223524777

July 18, 2017 - 4:53pm

I feel better after I do stuff I’m afraid of, even if it takes a long time to get the courage up to do them. It’s way out of my comfort zone. That’s when the good things happen. When you step out of it.

Michelle V

July 17, 2017 - 8:45am

Helpful -
My health issues have been holding me back from volunteering so I have signed up at church to start volunteering once evening a week

Elicia S

July 14, 2017 - 8:03am

I found out my fear from past and to the future, even present is trust. I have a fear of trusting people, especially men. After all the wrong doing I been through by guys. I now am scared to fully trust one and commit. I am in a great relationship now the guy im with is totally loyal to me and does me no wrong, he even got me and my girls a house. He is doing good taking on dad role too for kids that are not his. But deep down my emotions get the best of me and I have trust issues. Yes, he knows this, but makes sure I understand hes not like everyone else. Anyway, I relised that I need to stop doubting him, do a cleansing to cleanse myself of the past and move on.

Julie M

July 13, 2017 - 7:42am

There has been a lot I’ve been avoiding and not wanting to face my fears. I am going to have my husband help me through this one.

Aimee P

July 11, 2017 - 7:38am

I have been blessed with strong, independent children who live around the country.  We’ve had the pleasure of spending a week with our son.  Today, I have to face my fear of leaving his presence again.  I need to focus on the joy he brings me no matter where he is and the gratitude I have for the man he’s become.  I dread the “empty nest” feeling.  It’s time to be more graceful about that.

Barb C

July 11, 2017 - 6:11am

Yesterday I had to give a presentation in class. This was terrifying. I dug in and did my best knowing that this fear has no power over me.

KarenB

July 10, 2017 - 11:41am

I used two tools today to investigate my fears: my journal, and some Cedarwood essential oil. These questions were helpful prompts to think about my fears and some things I’ve been avoiding.

Joy

July 7, 2017 - 10:30am

This year I have been becoming more and more aware of how fear has imprisoned me and held me back from achieving my hearts desires.
I am continuing my journey to freedom from fear and helping others along the way.

knitterofhats

July 6, 2017 - 10:13am

My husband and I have planned some time this weekend to review our end of life concerns and plans. It’s something we’ve avoided for a while. I’ll be facing my fears in this area as we work on this.

Pat B

July 3, 2017 - 8:51pm

I need to seriously work on this…my daughter would be a good one to help me on this because she is just plain awesome

irisj225

July 3, 2017 - 6:22pm

making a list tonight to share with a friend tomorrow to work through my fears

katheryn m

July 2, 2017 - 5:37pm

Fear?  Oh my - this is something I have had all my life.  I have not always known what I’m afraid of, but when it arises I end up with extreme anxiety.  Deep breathing exercises help me focus on being able to deal with the anxiety (sometimes triggered by night terrors) and brings me to a calming place.

Linda By

June 29, 2017 - 11:18am

I know that my biggest fear isn’t of failing, it is of succeeding. It seems a bit more of a challenge for me. I need to resolve how to give it less control of my life’s work.

Cindy Y

June 29, 2017 - 8:25am

By stepping outside of my comfort zone and facing a fear, I experienced liberation.

Debbie B

June 27, 2017 - 2:13pm

I haven’t fully completed this task yet, I did write down my fears and shared with a friend.  We plan to discuss and help each other overcome them!

Kelly L

June 26, 2017 - 9:06pm

I sometimes fear success rather than failure. I told myself that I will let go of that and that I do deserve to be successful and receive all of the abundance that the universe is sending my way.

Deborah D 1723552537

June 22, 2017 - 10:46am

I need to leave an unhealthy marriage. I have already had a stroke. With left side deficiencies and a new puppy I don’t know if I can look after us.

Janelle W

June 21, 2017 - 1:38pm

I love that we are actually working on this as a full staff at work. It is amazing how things can change just by vocalizing and acknowledging the fear.

Ms. T

June 19, 2017 - 11:09am

Nothing is more liberating than confronting your fears. Courage is a virtue worth pursuing, closely related to freedom.

Vanessa T

June 15, 2017 - 7:15am

Having debt constantly in my face with insurmontable amount that mow i think how can i pay it off.i am meeting with some friends this month to brainstorm on how to get this taken care of.

Kellee M

June 14, 2017 - 7:10am

My fears relate to money, not having enough. It’s a constant nagging that’s always there. Awareness and calling it out is my first step towards overcoming it I suppose

Elaine C

June 13, 2017 - 6:15am

I feel fear at night when I wake up and can’t get back to sleep.  I try to be present with the fear and let it dissipate.  I hope it will ease up soon.

Charlynn Avery

June 21, 2017 - 10:31am

Elanie - I too have struggled with this very thing.  I have woken up with a racing heart and panic and then lay in fear and worry for hours.  What I have found to be incredibly helpful are two things.  First, slow, steady breathing… counting my inhales and exhales which allows my heart to return to normal.  And second, repeating to myself, “I am here and I am safe” which is a great mantra to use for panic and fear.  It will ease up - it has for me and it can for you too!

Vanessa T

June 11, 2017 - 7:44am

When one’s gut is telling you to do something but fear gets in the way at that point I settle myself and pray. Too many time I made a decision based on fear which is a strong emotion. Lately it was put in my face to do it. Now the fear has dissipated to a point that I know I can do it.

Rebecca S

June 8, 2017 - 1:52pm

My fear.  I am fearful of what this disease, Multiple Sclerosis, is going to do to me and my family in the future. I do the best I can to remain as healthy as I can, but, I still have no control of what it does to my body. My thoughts are all I can control.

Traer P

June 9, 2017 - 8:56am

I really appreciate you posting this, gets right to the core for me. Wishing you strength each day.

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