Top 4 Ted Talks to Help You Become Fearless

There are lots of resources out there to help you overcome your fears. Everyone has something they fear or are anxious about, whether it’s how to get that promotion or make the jump to a new career or that childhood message that they’re not good enough.

There’s an acronym for fear used widely among mental health practitioners and professionals: False Evidence Appearing Real.

More than ever before, there are people out there to help you. You can choose from podcasts, books, apps, and forums. TED and TEDx talks are an increasingly popular and accessible way to get inspiration and ideas to help you overcome all sorts of obstacles.

Here are some of the top TED talks to help you deal with your fears. Give yourself time to watch the talks a couple of times – take notes in your journal as you listen, noticing what resonates with you and what brings up resistance.

What ideas are sparked by the speaker? Can you see yourself in their stories? How would you react in similar circumstances? Does the talk encourage you to find additional resources to help you along your journey, and what are they?

Note the key concepts of the talks and incorporate them into your journaling practice, create an affirmation, or look up additional material from the speaker. This is especially important if the presentation really resonates with you.

TED Talk #1: How not to get chased by a bear – Ryan Foland

Ryan Foland believes that metaphorical bears are chasing everyone in their professional and personal lives. These bears are stressors that trigger your fears. This talk will set out to identify and break out of the fight or flight reaction whenever a “bear” triggers your fear.

How not to get chased by a bear

TED Talk #2: Smash, fear, learn anything – Tim Ferriss

World-renowned author and self-help guru Tim Ferriss talks about one basic question to ask in any situation. What’s the worst that could happen? Once you’ve got that out of the way, you can get on with achieving your goals.

Ferriss shrinks fear back down to just another aspect of life. Overcoming fear often leads to your most satisfying success.

Smash, fear, learn anything

TED Talk #3: Success, failure, and the drive to keep creating – Elizabeth Gilbert

Best-selling author Elizabeth Gilbert talks about the fear she had to overcome when she started to draft her next book after the phenomenal success of Eat, Pray, Love. She drew on the determination she developed after years of rejection to focus on doing the thing she loved – writing.

Success, failure, and the drive to keep creating

TED Talk #4: Be the Warrior, Not the Worrier – Fighting Anxiety and Fear – Angela Ceberano

Public relations professional Angela Ceberano shares her own experiences of dealing with fears and anxiety. She discovered research that showed only eight percent of the things that people worried about were likely to happen. Armed with this knowledge, she decided to use her fears to her advantage instead of seeing them as a dreadful thing. Angela presents two approaches to dealing with fear and how to choose to be a warrior instead of a worrier.

Be the Warrior, Not the Worrier – Fighting Anxiety and Fear

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About the Author Dianne Daniels

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, and currently residing in Norwich, Connecticut, Dianne M. Daniels' mission is to empower women 50+ to Amplify their Self-Confidence, Deepen their Self-Knowledge, Inspire Creativity, and Glide into the next phase of their lives with the Power of Journaling, Affirmations, and Assessments.

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Dianne is an ordained Unitarian Universalist Minister with a Master of Divinity degree from Starr King School for the Ministry. She's an avid reader, a lover of old houses (she renovated an 1850s vintage Greek Revival home with her family) and has been journaling since the age of 9.

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