Fearless: Creating the Courage to Change the Things You Can
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
A perception, a word, an idea, can change fear to courage. Steve Chandler clearly points the way for the reader to make this transition, this transformation in his book "Fearless: Creating the Courage to Change the Things You Can."

The book's short chapters are filled with illustrations, keys, hints, and instructions that left me as a reader with many "aha" moments. I found myself reading a few pages, assimilating them, reading them again to digest the potent powerful keys to replace fear with courage, reacting to creating, and the fear of insecurity to excitement.

Chandler has a gift for telling and choosing stories that illustrate stepping out in courage to serve others. I found the book "unputdownable" as I read of a 93 year old newly widowed author writing his memoirs and a publisher who couldn't put the book down. I went right on to the next story of compassion and community which brought a missing daughter home to her father.

Steve points out that, "Being bold and focused is what creates energy." This means I must make a fearless decision to do exactly what I want to do. An important principle I am trying to incorporate in my life is a revamping of my appointment calendar to include exercise, meditation, and planning, actually scheduling a time for my own personal creativity. I am looking forward to discovering and cultivating the power of solitude.

I have read five of Steve's books previously but always find a fresh newness in his writing, indicting that he is experiencing the personal growth he speaks of in his books. This integrity is important to me as a reader. Steve has earned a high ranking spot on my list of favorite authors.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on July 10, 2008
I just finished reading Fearless by Steve Chandler. The book is written in a highly accessible style, with chapters that are brief but packed with wisdom. I think it is Steve Chandler's best work to date, a book that helped me in some very personal ways.

If you'll open yourself up to the ideas the book presents, you'll find yourself seriously questioning why you don't do the things that you've always wanted to do, why you walk around judging everything to be "good" or "bad," and why you let fear govern so much of your thinking.

This book gave me a very big boost of intellectual and emotional energy. I read it over the course of a week and each day I found myself more energized, less judgmental of the people I live and work with, and more confident in my ability to move into the next phase of my career.

This is a quick read, but you should read it twice or three times so that you give the ideas a chance to change the way you think about the fears that hold you back in life.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
As a coach I am dedicated to helping my clients find resources to move them forward. I am also always reading to fuel my own personal development. Two days ago I came across a book that I just can't put down and want everyone to know about.

"Fearless: Creating the Courage to Change the Things You Can," by Steve Chandler, addresses the one thing, truly the one thing, that is holding you or me back from success...FEAR! This book is remarkable, written in short chapters, and one that you will want to read over and over once you realize that it was written for you.

Buy this book, read it, and you will realize that you have the ability to change the way you think about anything in your life. And then, get up and take action!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on July 11, 2008
Ever been in a tall building that has an express elevator? No need to go through all the stops on all the intervening floors...just, ZAP! and you are at the top. In the penthouse suite. That's what this book does for my mind -- gets me full speed to my best, most creative thinking. Freedom.

As a business and life coach, I have been using Steve Chandler's books for several years now and see them impact clients in major ways -- and quickly. What's great about this book is Chandler writes like he talks: clearly, succinctly, and with great humor. He makes change not only possible but FUN. His books make my professional work a whole lot easier.

This is his best yet. Why? Because it addresses, challenges, and shows us how to eradicate the single greatest problem that underpins all the others--Fear.

It's not about prevailing in the face of fear. Or about learning to live with fear and doing it anyway. It's about living without fear. Nada. Take it off the menu. A fearless life. Imagine that.

If you buy one book this year, make it this one.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 10, 2011
For me, "Fearless" brought up many amazing childhood memories. Back, before thoughts created fears. As a child, we have little or no fear. Are always inquisitive and seeking out new adventures. As adults, many of us tend to over-think things and create a new, or feed off an old fear. Many of them instilled by others as we grew up. "Fearless" reminded me of who I 'really' am. That courage is only a thought-less away. And, with courage, I can take control of my life and live in the present. It is a quick read, with short chapters. I didn't feel I would be missing anything if I needed to put the book down. Each chapter with a lesson to be learned. Sometimes, the best reads are short, and to the point. Bringing you detail, without all the fluff.

Thank you, Steve Chandler for reminding me of what a 'fearless' child I was. And encouraging me to conquer my fears!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This is my first time reading a Steve Chandler book, and I'm becoming his fan! You may think, that having the courage to be fearless and change is one event, either you have it or you don't. But reading this book you learn that having the courage to change is a process, it takes time to create it. Through this book he teaches you how to undo misbeliefs, how to produce a shift in the way you think and feel. I like the style of this book, he shares deep thoughts, deep truths, but he knows how to communicate them in an easy way, using everyday examples and a lot of common sense.

He challenges you to put yourself and your well-being at the top of your list, otherwise you will never meet with you, because the line is too long. I learned that I was giving my most important activity (creating my life) the least attention and respect of all the things I do. This book has been a blessing in my life, is both deep and practical, he teaches you how to free yourself from sick thinking patters and that putting yourself first is a fearless decision. I highly recommend this book!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 25, 2009
Well done, Steve! This book is well written and offers a fresh, rational way to reduce, if not eliminate, fear and anxiety. I found it the perfect antidote to the current depressing news and anxiety being served up every night on the news. The book is entertaining and a quick read. I wanted more and was happy to find his audiobook set MindShift: The Ultimate Success Course and then the best product of all: [...] Steve's new club offers a steady stream of hopefulness and good news!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 9, 2010
I read this excellent book over a year ago when I was in the middle of a perfect storm of crises in my life, and I highlighted many passages with a bright yellow marker. The book helped me at that time, to replace fear with planning and action, putting one foot in front of the other. It was part of a life transformation for me, and its wisdom helped me to create and execute a new project and find ways of working through - no, USING, the challenges I faced, to move forward. Mr. Chandler makes himself very transparent in this book, relating some of his own background and stories. This is not only refreshing, but makes the wisdom in the book more meaningful and believeable.

I read the book a second time last week, and found the highlighted passages still relevant and rich with meaning, but many other statements, paragraphs, and quotes (there are a lot of them) - are meaningful and useful to me now. Need a different color highlighter! I recommend two reads of this great book, with some time in between for digestion. Thank you Steve Chandler, for sharing so much of yourself, your humor, and your wisdom.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 20, 2011
If you are one of those who reject a book like this out of hand, then I heartily recommend it to you. Even if you find the premise a bit irritating... that it's your own fears that stand in the way of what you want ...you are the very reader who has the most to gain. Fear is a double-bind, as a former president famously remarked. The most artful of emotions, fear is a sinister magician, a master of misdirection. Fear itself is what prevents us from recognizing fear. So getting past that first deception is the key. And that's what this book is for. Of course, if you are committed to a personal history of unjust injuries, you have the alternative of years of unhurried therapy in which to rehearse and reinforce the precious beliefs precipitated by fear. You can worship forever in the Chapel of Hurt. And if it's exhausting and expensive enough you may even eventually sack the magician. Then you'll be right where you were when you learned of this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 18, 2011
I spent years trying to get comfortable before I would try something new. At times I was successful, but most times I felt stuck. I knew the life I wanted to lead, but often felt unable to move forward until I felt "good enough." What Steve Chandler writes in "Fearless: Creating the Courage to Change the Things You Can," is so true - "Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage," and my life was shrinking.

Through stories, tips, and Chandler's own personal stories, I felt inspired to take those next required action steps, to move beyond my fear and into my courage through serving others as well as creating my own emotional responses to situations. Because Chandler's work is so easy to read and packs a punch - I devour his books then watch them quickly disappear off my shelves as friends and family members supercharge their own lives through his practical ideas.
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