Feel the Fear And Do It Anyway – Part 2

"Feel the Fear...And Do It Anyway" - Reviewed by Michelle Sandlin

“Feel the Fear…And Do It Anyway” – Reviewed by Michelle Sandlin

This is Part 2 of my previous blog post: “Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway.”  I had not intended on writing a Part 2 until I saw the popularity of my previous post (it was shared throughout Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter), and I heard from several of my readers that they were buying the book based on my review and blog post.

I figured that there was more to learn about the author, Susan Jeffers, and I wanted to see what other books she had written.  So, I googled her, and quickly found out 2 very important things.  First, she had written many books, and second she had passed away in October of last year.  This immediately felt like a loss.  It didn’t matter that I didn’t know her; it only mattered that I felt connected to her in some way through her book.

I found most of the information that I was looking for on her website including her “official and unofficial bio.”  As I read through her life, I found other commonalities, thus deepening the connection.

Much like me, Jeffers had gotten married and had 2 children, before continuing her college education. For me, the academic path was as clear as it had been for Jeffers.  I sought my Journalism degree, and Jeffers found her calling in Psychology.

But, it was the first sentence of her “unofficial bio” that drew me in.  It read: “I think of myself as someone who seems to be constantly reinventing herself.” Wow, I thought…this is me!  Then I thought again…no, this really isn’t me.

I am not constantly reinventing myself, although it may appear that way to the outside world.  I am actually just taking the person that I am already, and following my instincts more, while being more aware of where I want to be, and where I want to go, and what I want to do, and what I need to do to get there.

Here’s the thing: I am basically finally acting on the things that have only existed thus far in the space of thought, and doing everything I can to make them a reality. Isn’t that the point of feeling the fear and doing it anyway?

The past 12 months have definitely been a time of significant self-discovery and growth for me.  I have finally adopted the “it’s now or never” attitude, and I don’t want to let anything hold me back from achieving the things that I know I am meant to achieve and want to do.

Michelle Sandlin on Drums!

Michelle Sandlin on Drums!

It all started with playing the drums.  Not that I feared playing the drums, but I feared that if I took it off my “Maybe One Day” list and actually did it, that it might not have the positive outcome I had always dreamed about. In the past, I always feared taking certain chances because I was afraid of a negative outcome, instead of focusing on the possibility of a positive one. That is not the case anymore!

Learning to play the drums has turned out to be one of the most positive things I have ever done for myself, thus fueling my motivation to check other things off of my list with gusto.

I am feeling the fear and doing it anyway!


  1. Great blog Michelle! I have come to the same conclusion over the last year, “Now or Never”

    Living in the past or the future will only dampen the Now! Now is all we have so enjoy it to the Nines :~)

    About Jeffers’ Passing, As my little brother would say “at least we will always have her books”

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