How Do You Manage Your Fear?

How Many Of You Have A Strategy To Manage Your Fear?

Or, does it manage you?

Remember, fear is what stops most people from living their dreams and achieving their full potential.

So…I pushed past my fear and did my first ever video blog on fear. It’s not the best quality and I need better lighting but I’m putting it out there anyway.

It’s about action not perfection.

My goal is to release one a week on Wednesday’s.

Since I can talk all day this will be easier than writing a blog!

What do you think?

I’d love to hear your comments. Please take a moment to leave me a comment and share your thoughts.

Please share if you know someone who might benefit from this information.

Enjoy your day – Susan

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  1. Leslie

    Hi Susan

    Thank you your first vlog I found it very inspiring, Just what I needed as I try to balance work, family and starting my own VA business. Looking forward to seeing more of these.


    • SE Mershon

      Thank you Leslie, I’m so glad. Thank you for taking the time to watch it and to comment here.

  2. Tracey

    Hi Susan,

    Way to go! I thought your Vlog was very authentic and informative. You are my hero for facing your fear and doing it anyway. The acronym I think you were looking for regarding fear is: False, Evidence, Appearing, Real.

    Keep pushing all of us past our fears.


    • SE Mershon

      Thank you Tracey – and yes that is the one. Thank you for helping me remember and for taking time to comment.

  3. Crystal

    Hey Susan!!

    Great job, my friend!! Way to overcome your fear, pretty soon you will be able to do these standing on your head (Wow – now you could make some money with that idea!). Seriously, great information – Bravo.

    • SE Mershon

      Thank you Crystal – you’re next!

  4. Patricia Marcero

    Yay, Susan. I love that you are leading by example. Since leaving the corporate world last year to start my own business, fear has been a struggle. I think, however, that I am winning. You mentioned listening and acting in pieces as something that wasn’t part of the fear tips. I think that definitely has a place here! For example, the goal to ‘learn social media’ can be very scary when you look at the whole picture. Broken down, however, into small pieces such as ‘create a facebook banner’ it is far less scary and do-able. Fear can paralyze us if we let it. One thing I use to fight fear is to ask myself “What is the worst thing that can happen?”. In the grand scheme of things this usually ends up being pretty insignificant. Then ask yourself “What is the best thing that could happen?” Well, that can be pretty darned amazing, right?

    • SE Mershon

      Hi Patricia, great advice, thank you for taking the time to comment. I agree – breaking things into small chunks makes things much less scary.

  5. Sandra Sims


    I really enjoyed watching your very first video blog and look forward to see more! Yes, we all have fear and just like you said it does keep you from growing your biz. I also have the video fear and mainly because I prefer to be a behind the scenes kind of gal. So maybe after see you do more of these it will help me to get the courage up to someday do one.

    Thanks again Susan!

    • SE Mershon

      Hi Sandra, thank you! You can step our from behind the scenes if I can!

  6. Kim Pratt

    Great video on fear… i have updated some of my sticky notes already – i hope i can post them here to show you. You are very inspiring. ..thanks for all you do for our community Susan! UGH..Cant upload my pics for you…

    • SE Mershon

      Thank you Kim! I still use stick notes – my computer is covered with them LOL. Send me your pics to [email protected] – I’d love to see them.

  7. catrina sneva

    awesome job susan! and brava on breaking through your fear!! as i tell my own client who are about to step on stage to speak, own up to the mistakes and glitches (love the dog interruption) and move on. it gives you a chance to take a deep breath and center but it also shows that you are indeed a human. your authenticity and vulnerability made you accessible and people will listen. much success to you susan, thank you!!

    • SE Mershon

      Thank you Catrina for your kind words and for taking the time to watch and respond – much appreciated.

  8. Rose Bigham

    I love how you are motivating in the video. And it’s all logical it’s just that we’re not use to thinking that way. My fear is not knowing what to do. I know that I want to be the VA but it’s the “what I don’t know” that
    gives me the fear. The knowing how to get all the legalities in order, the not knowing what technology level I need to be at, the not knowing how to keep my books (eg. do I have to hire an accountant). Yikes!

    • SE Mershon

      Why thank Rose, I’m glad you found it helpful. Remember, you can learn everything you need to know but you have to take that first step.

  9. Hannie

    Hi Susan, well done! See, you can do it. You’ll get over the ackward feeling of being on camera.

    Just one remark: I can squeeze in watching a video of 5 min. almost every time but 15 min. is a bit long. Which is positive because you have a lot to share, so you could make 3 video’s of 5 min. on fear. Don’t give it all away in one shoot.

    Take care, Hannie

    • SE Mershon

      Hi Hannie, thank you! I’m a talker so I know I have to limit myself to one topic otherwise I could go on forever. Great tips!

  10. Debbie

    Great 1st vlog. I don’t think you said “um” one time. You didn’t even look nervous. Great tips on pushing past fear. I need it so much in my life now. I am going to try the success jar and vision board. I tend to procrastinate on many things in my life but I know I HAVE to stop the pattern. So many questions I ask myself and then I find weeks have gone by with no progress. Thanks Susan for the advice.

    • SE Mershon

      Thank Debbie. I worked hard over the years to get rid of my “ums” and “oks”. Great, I’m glad to hear you are going to try both the Vision Board & Success Jar. The Jar really helps you see the progress you are making no matter how small and be sure to celebrate them! I understand all about questioning yourself, I do it too! Just remember to do it anyway.

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