Saturday, October 18, 2014

Facing Fear, Finding Freedom: A Review

In preparation to speak on my topic, Overcoming Writing Fears, for a local writer's group, I reread the e-book: Facing Fear and FindingFreedom, Unleash the Power to Live Your Dreams by Reba J. Hoffman. You met Reba on this blog last year, when she attempted her bicycle ride across the country. Although injury sidelined the complete trip, she was out there by herself encouraging others to live our their dream.

As I read through her book again, I was inspired by her no nonsense way of showing us how fear is a common thing to all of us, and that we experience it whenever we try to pursue something worthwhile. She reminds us:

“You won’t totally eliminate fear from your life, but you can break free from the shackles holding you back from living your dream.”

In this short e-book of seven chapters, she shares experiences from her life and examples of how to walk through your fears. Some of the chapter titles: What Fear Is, What it Isn't, The Fear of Getting Started, Fear of Failure and Fear of Success.

I met Reba through My Book Therapy, an online writing community started by multi-published author, Susan May Warren. Warren credits Reba with encouraging her as she launched MBT, a craft and coaching community for novelists.

Another quote about our fears and dreams: 

"My hope and prayer is that you'll be set free to enjoy your gifts and talents, and put them to use changing your world. After all, not only does the world need you to change it, but your dream is to important to remain unlived." 

Reba J. Hoffman, Ph.D., is founder of Magellan Life Coaching. She uses her skill and experiences to encourage others to safely transition from where they are today to where they want to be in life. Right now, Reba is living another one of her dreams. She always wanted to drive a big rig truck. Although that might not be your dream, it was hers, and she went for it and now has her own truck, driving across the country, delivering goods, encouraging and blogging along the way.

How about you? 
Do you have a dream, but fear is holding you back?


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