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Stage Fright Takes Flight: 5 Steps to Beat Your Fear of Public Speaking

Jerusha Agen Fighting Fear 6 Comments

I leaned forward and tried to breathe normally, hoping the air might somehow stop the panic that mixed with adrenaline in my stomach and crawled out to my fingers to make them tremble. I’d been doing so well leading up to the presentation, my first public speaking engagement. The talk I was about to give was called Fear Warrior Boot …

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Referred Fear: Diagnose and Defeat the Cause of Your Fear

Jerusha Agen Fighting Fear 10 Comments

I winced as I stood up. The muscle in my back had been bothering me for two weeks, fluctuating between mildly uncomfortable and gasp-out-loud painful. My physical therapist brother decided take pity on me and offered to take a look. The painful muscle was on my back, but my brother, operating on his greater knowledge, started treatment on the front …

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Afraid to Fall: 3 Steps to Beat People-Pleasing Fear

Jerusha Agen Fighting Fear 11 Comments

He spit in my face. Twice. As a long-time volunteer at our local zoo, I had interacted with the llamas many times. A zookeeper had shown me how to properly greet Jackson, the male, and Ellen, the female. When greeting one another, llamas march well past a healthy sense of personal space and stand face-to-face. They blow smooth puffs of …