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Take Action Now – Don’t Let Fear Stop You




It is magnificent to TAN aka take action now because there  no reward for fear.  A reality of life is that nothing gets done until action takes place. That is the idea behind the phrase “take action now.” The point is that procrastination must stop, and a way to get things done must be found. One thing that keeps people from taking action now and getting things done is fear. Fear is commonly defined as an unpleasant feeling of anxiety or apprehension because of the anticipation of danger. There are several approaches to dealing with fear. One approach is to hide, procrastinate or be paralyzed. Another reaction is to put on the big girl panties, suck up the fear and to move, to take action now even though the fear is present.

There are many methods for moving forward and taking action even when fear is ever-present and perhaps even overwhelming in nature. The approach that has worked best for me is one I got from the television show Lost. In the pilot episode of that show, one of the main characters stated that he faced a scary, serious and important situation. He allowed panic go overtake him, to overwhelm him and consume him, but only for five seconds. After the five seconds were up, he moved forward, he began to take action now. When he began to take action now, he got done what needed doing and was able to save a woman’s life and keep her from being paralyzed for life.

I apply this method to my life and it works well for me. I have used this method in personal and professional circumstances including the following:

  • after my children and I were walking and run down by a hit and run driver
  • before giving lesson via Google hangout
  • at the start of a presentation to a school board group dealing with racism in education
  • dealing with a teenager who is upset about her prospects for the future
  • when my website memory was problematic and I could not get access to my blog

In all these things it was time for me to take action now. I needed to do something rather immediately and at the same time I   faced fear for a variety of reasons. Action was needed and the fear I felt was real. So, I pulled out my “5 Second Lost Method” and began to take action now even in the face of the fear.  After five seconds of  being scared, experiencing panic and being nervous, I mentally put on my big girl panties on and did what was needed in each of the circumstances listed above. I was blessed and fortunate in all these circumstances and was able to rise to the occasion and to do what was needed and to perform as the situations required. It is important to note that sometimes, I have had my coping technique more than once to get through a situation.

The method I use of course is not the only method available nor is it the only method  that can successfully be employed to take action now in the face of fear. In fact, it is not important what method is used, the important thing is that you must find a method that works for you and then use that method each time a situation arise where you need to take action now but are faced with fear. If the fear comes back and starts to over take you, use your coping technique as any times as needed to get the job done. Once you start to take action now, do not stop just because fear rises up again. Do what you need to do to put the fear at bay and continue to move, to take action now.


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In conclusion, it is  magnificent to take action now because there  no reward for fear. So, the question for you this magnificent day is are you ready to take action now and even though there is real fear you feel?

74 thoughts on “Take Action Now – Don’t Let Fear Stop You”
  1. You have a way with words, better than I, to explain how I’ve been living since becoming a parent. Great tips, and wish more could live this way!

  2. Janeane you are always so thought provoking in a good way! I’m super excited to be in the Writers program with you!!

  3. Thank you for the Inspiration, being that I am at the present time facing a huge challenge and event, fear keeps knocking till I can physically feel it. But I’ve invested too much to turn back now and have to keep applying Tan. Like Joyce Meyer say, ” DO IT AFRAID”

  4. That’s true. When you are scared, you sometimes just have to persevere and get through it.

  5. Our message in church on Sunday was about the biggest blessings coming from things we’d rather avoid. So true!

  6. The five second rule is a great method! We can’t stay paralyzed by fear.,

  7. I love this post. Fear isn’t worth it, is it? I’m all about the action! Grab the bull by the horns!

  8. Fear has consumed me for so long. I have been working on getting past my ears. For example: The joplin tornado. Ever since being in the tornado every spring I am afraid of living. What if it happens again I thought? I’m getting better (although I’m writing this the day before we’re supposed to have severe weather.)

  9. Very inspirational! I know fear is the root of many disappointments in life. We tend to keep ourselves from doing things because we’re afraid. Therefore we don’t accomplish or get to where we wish we could. Life is short. That’s all I have to say.

  10. Great inspiration. I too try to always apply this daily.

  11. I’m not the type of person who can just sit around. I’m always working on TAN 😉

  12. I saw that Lost scene. I remember thinking this is pretty good advice for a fictional character on a show! Thank you for sharing!

  13. Love that quote. I have to work on this more, because I can put it on the backburner and then I get mad at an opportunity passing

  14. I have been working on this myself. I think it goes hand-in-hand with my tendency to procrastinate. But hopefully practice will improve it!

  15. Great advice…. I am in the process of trying to find a new job in a new field but i keep trying to hold on to an old one that I hate because of fear. Thanks!

  16. Oh my gosh on getting run down by a hit and run driver!!! I’m glad you’re all okay.

  17. I don’t think I let fear impact me. I just push ahead. Sometimes you win and sometimes you learn.

  18. This is great. When I was younger I was SO shy and fear kept me from doing so many things. It got to the point where my dad would force me to push through the fear into action – and it made a huge difference in the adult I’ve become. – Katy

  19. I have found that the older I get, the easier it is to push through the fear. It’s a great quote to live by…thanks for sharing!

  20. This is a great way to live! I have never thought of it before, but I guess I have lived my life by this mentality, I have not had any choice but to do so.

  21. This is great advice. I find that breaking a task or project down into small pieces really helps conquer the fear as well.

  22. I love these ‘take action now’ posts. This one is great. I tend to worry and stress over a lot of things but I can mentally put it in the back of my mind so that I can ‘take action’ and move forwards. Especially lately. We’ve been dealing with a lot of stressors lately!

  23. I’m getting better and better about doing that. It takes practice to push through the fear!

  24. you could apply this to any aspect in life! I try not to sit on the sidelines but to take action!

  25. I’m definitely working on learning how to TAN! The whole past year has been devoted to it, and your inspiration has been helpful!

  26. This is a great post for me to read at the beginning of the month. I’m going to TAKE ACTION today to make sure April is a great month!

  27. This was perfect for me to read today. I am guilty of letting fear get in the way!

  28. This is so true. Fear makes it harder, but sometimes you just have to embrace it and get over that bridge.

  29. I like that you use a 5 second rule. I think I might have to give myself more than 5 in some instances.

  30. Wonderfully written! Life is not easy as there are so many unexpected bumps along the way. Sometimes fear can really hold a person back. It can be very difficult to get over at times and can result in drastic effects.

  31. Fear can be daunting. It can be very hard to find the positive and get past fear at times.

  32. It is true. We don’t move forward with fear, it keeps us mired in place.

  33. Everything comes with risk and sometimes it is scary. I agree with your TAN methodology. Focusing on the matter at hand is the objective. You will come out on the other side. 🙂

  34. I really need to start taking action immediately. I admit, i do sometimes let fear take control of situations.

  35. Starting a new venture is scary business. But without risk? No gains or growth

  36. The quicker we deal with something, the easier to move on. At least in my experience, love the article.

  37. Great points. Fear can definitely be debilitating and stop you from doing many things. I always try and get past my worries because I know I can succeed if I have faith in myself.

  38. Yes! These are such important lessons that I need to remember every day. They can help us in so many situations.

  39. I know how it goes when fear stops us from things. I have to surrender and let faith step in.

  40. I have to remind myself of this every day. My husband is in law enforcement and I had someone ask me how I can be so calm when he leaves for work. I simply told them I can either A) stay up worrying all night fearing the worse which my kids will notice and worry, or I can B) trust that God will care for him and stay calm so my kids do not worry.

  41. What a great post! We don’t often realize how we let fear dictate our actions! It is so important to cast fear aside! Once that happens, we can truly live!

  42. This is a great quote! You can’t imagine how much I needed it today. Thank you.

  43. YES! Fear is only a stumbling block. I find that if I climb over whatever I fear it’s not as big as it seemed.

  44. This is great advice. I know fear keeps me from doing things I really want/need to do.

  45. I totally feel you… fear can be so empowering… thanks for pushing me.

  46. Fear is my number one enemy, fear of failure and rejection, I guess I have to recite this mantra everyday to overcome my fear 🙂
    thanks for sharing!

  47. This is such great advice! I know that I do not do a lot of things that I would really like to try because of fear. I am always proud of myself when I put that fear aside and take the plunge!

  48. I have some plans for my blog and I need to take action. I always fear I will make a mistake!

  49. I think 90% of my procrastination when it comes to my online business is due to fear. I need to just sit down and put my goals into manageable chunks so they won’t look so scary on paper!

  50. I can be a big procrastinator but I agree, it’s better to take action now rather than keep putting it off. Great post!

  51. These are great tips and I love all of the quotes on your Pinterest board. I need to get over my fear!

  52. Great tip…sometimes I need a little less action! 🙂 Great post!

  53. I really like this. I was discussing with a friend that he needs to start taking risk and stop fearing the worst or he’ll never move on in life. I actually started taking action and it has been allowing to do things that I’ve never imagine.

  54. I always try to take on whatever task I need to get done whether it is scary or not. It takes longer to cry about it than it does to do it, that is my motto 🙂

  55. Love this. There are so many times I’ve been stuck and haven’t been able to make a decision out of fear. But once I do it, I feel so much better!

  56. I love this and TAN is officially my new favorite acronym. I definitely let fear control so much of what I do! Thanks for this motivating post!

  57. Fear is so real. If we could all conquer it imagine how far some of us will be. It’s so easy to say I will conquer it but to do it is the hard part.

  58. It stinks because often times I am so fearful that I delay something that needs to be done to succeed and once I do it, I realize .. that was not so bad.

  59. Fear is a terrible detriment. It’s always good to overcome your fears and do what needs to be done!

  60. This is great advice! I have often held back because of fear, both of failure or success.

  61. I have been terrible about taking action. I think about a lot of things but actually doing them is another story.

  62. I can be such a procrastinator sometimes and I really need to be better about taking action sooner rather than later.

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