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Danny Pettry is 5 Certified Success Principles Trainer through Jack Canfield’s organization.

This is week # 15 out of the 52 weeks in 2020.

This week’s success principle is:

Feel the Fear — Do It Anyway

Fear holds people back from success.

They have an imaginary fear that it will turn out bad.

People with fear say things like:

I’m too scared to ask for a raise.

I’m too scared to ask her on date.

I’m too scared to look for another job.

I’m too scared to quit my job and start my own business.


The question is:

What is the worst that can happen?

You probably won’t die if you ask for a raise.

You won’t die if someone tells you “no,” either.

You’ve gone your entire life without “whatever it is that you want,” so getting a no won’t change anything.

A person who doesn’t take action who is afraid of failure has a zero chance of success.

Now – you can feel the fear and go for it anyway. Taking action increases your chances of success by 100%.



Fear is often imaginary

Anxiety is a form of fear.

Disclosure: I have anxiety.

I didn’t have the words to describe this feeling when I was a child.

Here is a story of fear that took place when I was about 11 or 12.

My parents went to a local gas station to get bread, milk, and fudge rounds.

The trip takes 5 minutes at the top and they had been missing for about 10 minutes.

There is a trail that leads to the soccer field by the gas station. The trail has a falloff point.

Many soccer mom-mini-vans would fall over into the ditch and roll down the hill if they cut too close.

My first fear was that an odd gravitational pull had grabbed my parent’s van and they were in the ditch.

I walk up there to save their lives, but there was a problem. They weren’t in the ditch. Their van wasn’t in the gas station parking lot.

Where could they be?

Second fear: Soccer fields are flat. Alien UFO crafts land in flat spaces. The aliens have obviously abducted my parent’s mini-van.

Okay. I’m not sure if I believe in aliens coming here yet.

Third fear: the most realistic option is that we kids are brats. My parents are tired of us. They’ve abandoned us and decided to move to Florida.

I walk home. I call my grandparents. I tell them my parents left us. I’m freaking out.

And then….

I can hear it.

The sound of my parent’s mini-van purring down the road.

And my father is a very slow and cautious driver.


Where were they?

Two-John’s short-stop gas station was out of something.

So my parents decided to drive up to the Kroger on Harper Road.

My parents were gone for less than 25-minutes. I had three make-believe fears.

These were some serious troubles for me. however, my worst fears were only… Imaginations playing in my head.


How you can use this principle in your own life:

Fear is a natural feeling.

Don’t let fear hold you back from success.

Rhetorical question: Does a person who lives to 100 years who never did anything with her life out fear really live a life?

Lee Ann Womack has a song, I hope you dance with lyrics that cover this sample concent.

Tell me who wants to look back on their years and wonder.  I hope you dance. Where those years have gone?

View and listen to Womack’s music video here to get inspiration to fear the fear and do it anyway:


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Final Thoughts:

The worst case scenario often doesn’t happen.

Fear is often an imaginary future event that is playing in our heads.

The solution is to feel the fear and go for it anyway. Take action. Make it happen.


Book Recommendation if you have a lot of FEAR:

Susan Jeffer’s book: Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway:

Book Recommendation for children who experience fear:

My book teaches children to change scary imaginations that are playing in their heads to thinking about more pleasant and happy imaginations to help them to fall asleep in their bed.


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