The Secret to Overcoming Any Fear

This post is an excerpt from my friend Ken Coleman’s new book, One Question: Life-Changing Answers from Today’s Leading Voices. This chapter is based on an interview he did with me. You follow Ken here on Twitter.

The name Walt Disney World conjures up words such as “wonder” and “imagination.” For most people, the renowned theme park’s moniker rarely summons up bone-rattling, tear-inducing fear. But my son Ty had a different experience during a recent family vacation to Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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From the moment we stepped onto the property, my family was met with all the pageantry for which Disney is famous. The five hundred-acre amusement park is home to seventeen hundred exotic animals. Iguanas sunbathe on rocks, giraffes strut along savannas, and macaws showcase their neon feathers from perches just beyond one’s fingertips. From the fanciful to the mighty, this Floridian wonderland is a kid’s dream.

As with other Disney properties, the directory located near the entrance is dotted with attractions. Only a few steps in, a particular marker caught Ty’s attention: Kali River Rapids. Contrary to its threatening name, the water ride is an opportunity for weary parents to put up their feet and exhale. A twelve-passenger circular raft winds down a picturesque river with jasmine-scented mists and majestic waterfalls. If you don’t mind getting wet, this ride is not to be missed, and Ty made sure we wouldn’t forget by reminding us about it every few steps we took.

Arriving at the entrance, I made sure my son met the height requirement, and we began the five-minute walk to the loading area. As we strode along, Ty’s countenance changed from excitement to malaise to suspicion to outright anxiety. Stepping up to the turntable that places visitors in rafts, his emotional dam broke. Tears poured from his eyes as he pleaded passionately to leave.

I knelt down and reasoned with him, something every dad attempts in such a situation even though he knows it’s futile. I explained that the ride wouldn’t scare him and that if he could just muster the courage to step into the boat, he’d be glad he did. A few minutes after launching into my monologue, we were trek-king back to the attraction’s entrance, serenaded by my son’s relieved sniffles.

Just as we entered the common area, a second transformation happened. When Ty’s little brother, Chase, proclaimed his desire to take on the rapids, Ty was suddenly convinced that he had made the wrong decision. He wanted to return to the Kali River Rapids turntable once more. My frustration over the whole ordeal had risen to boiling, but it was dwarfed by my own desire to experience the ride. So after a third five-minute walk, we were finally floating through the Asian-style jungle together.

I looked over at Ty after a few minutes and saw his characteristic smile, the one that never fails to melt me. He reached over, gripped my hand, and shouted, “Dad, I love it! It isn’t scary at all … thanks!” Suddenly, I was the one who was being transformed—from the emotionally and physically drained father to the proud daddy. Despite the hassle of the ordeal, I knew Ty had experienced something profound, a lesson he could never receive through lectures or logic: he’d discovered how to conquer his fear.

The image of my smiling son was in the front of my mind when I drafted an interview question for Michael Hyatt. He is the [former] chairman of Thomas Nelson Publishers, one of the largest book publishers in the United States. Highly respected among his peers and widely sought after for his leadership advice, Hyatt speaks often about how he’s had to push through fear in order to achieve great accomplishments in his life.

I wanted to know what his experiences could teach the rest of us who often find ourselves stopped dead in our tracks, begging to walk back the way we came.

Ken Coleman: Many times in life, people don’t go after what’s on their hearts because of fear. How can we conquer fear?

Michael Hyatt: Fear is the number one obstacle that most people face in their lives. Very few people talk about it, but I can guarantee you it’s the biggest thing I face in my own heart. There have been times when I have lain awake at night wondering, particularly in this economy, “What’s going to happen to me? What’s going to happen to my company? What’s going to happen to my family?” Fear is a very debilitating thing. It doesn’t serve many useful purposes, and people can get really stuck in it.

When I’m afraid, I have a practice of walking right into my fears rather than away from them. If people can get used to that, their fear will dissipate. Most of the power of fear is in your mind; it doesn’t really exist. It’s just this idea that looms because we are unwilling to face it. But the way to declaw it, the way to defuse it, is to step into it—right into the middle of it—and do the thing that you are afraid to do.

How many times do we find ourselves frozen by fear? Our hearts palpitate, our eyes search frantically for an exit, and soon we’re paralyzed by trepidation. At moments when we need to lunge forward, our feet plant as though in cement.

Fear takes many forms. I find myself arrested by the fear of criticism. I fear looking back on my life and discovering wasted opportunities or unrealized potential. A great worry for me is that I will have lived life but never made a difference. Maybe you are a perfectionist and battle the fear of failure. Or you’re shy and stave off the fear of success. Whatever brand of fear you experience, the emotion can be debilitating.

Hyatt is right; fear lives mostly in our minds and festers as long as we fail to face it. Children, for example, often convince themselves that something is under their bed. The fear may not be rational, but it can cause much distress. Yet the emotion remains only as long as the child lies motionless in the dark. Once he or she looks under the bed and finds nothing, the panic dissipates.

Likewise, Ty didn’t have a real fear that memorable afternoon at Disney. I am his father, and he trusts me. He knows I wouldn’t endanger him physically or emotionally. But he still felt afraid, and facing that emotion was the only way to chase it away. What my son learned as a six-year-old, many of us need to learn at twenty-six or fifty-six: that fear can protect us from danger—but it can also keep us from life’s great adventures.

One Question is based on Ken’s popular blog, “One Question with Ken Coleman,” where well-known figures are asked one, solitary question. Drawing readers in with never-before-published interviews, this book delivers inspirational and applicable life lessons that can be digested in a matter of minutes.

I gave away 50 copies of One Question. To qualify, my readers had to comment below. You can find the list of winners here.

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  • Trevor Wilson

    There is absolute truth to this. Fear IS in our heads. It may create very real and physical sensations, but the root is in our mind.

    Fear is not the enemy we make it out to be. As your son discovered, it is just the compass that points us the way towards growth. When we chase our fears instead of running from them, we give ourselves the gift of opportunity.

    Because fear and opportunity walk hand in hand. You can’t have one without the other. So when you run from fear, you have no choice but to turn your back on opportunity as well.


  • David Hepburn

    One of the best things I think we can do is learn from leaders who’ve already been where we’re on the road to going. Learning from the experience of others is so worthwhile!

  • David

    Fear indicates a danger. But modern dangers do not fit into the framework of our basic instincts and therefore the fear is senseless and even hinders you from seeing the truth. So I agree with Hyatt on that.

  • Robert Kennedy III

    I’m learning EVERY day that FEAR is made up in many ways. I still hear that there is healthy fear and I believe that may be true ;-). But, in most cases, the fear that causes us not to act out of embarassment or fear of failure is created by made up stories. It takes practice to get rid of those. Thanks for this reminder today.

  • Joey Espinosa

    Was just talking about this with my sons yesterday. We were watching “Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.” The battle at helms deep, King Theoden was lamenting on how great evil is in the world. So what did they choose to do? Charge straight at it!

    I’d love a copy of this book, since I, too, need a reminder about overcoming fear.

    • Michael Hyatt

      I love that scene in Lord of the Rings. That is one of the best series of movies ever in terms of life and leadership lessons.

  • John G Lochner

    Fear is caused by lack of Faith. Trust is Jesus and the power of the Spirit will enable the Grace of eternal life

  • Ken Kessler

    What a great idea? One Question sounds like a great opportunity to hear from some great leaders.

  • Ilene Saidel

    I would love a copy of this book… the title is intriguing and so is the prospect of “hearing” what the answers will be… thank you!

  • Karen Jordan

    Once again, I’m reminded of the power of fear – how it keeps me from going forward in many areas of my life. Right now, I’m facing another hurdle, and this article reminds me what I need to do. And I’d love to read more of the questions that Ken addresses in his new book – sounds like a good one!

  • Leah Adams

    What appeals to me about the book? I think it is that every person’s ‘one question’ is different. I’m anticipating this book dealing with a variety of questions and giving some wise advice. I love your advice about fear….walk into it. I picture a warrior, prepared for battle, walking toward his enemy with his face set for victory.

  • Juan

    Mike, It goes down to finding your why? there is always a why? on everything we do. there is a saying the toughest and hardest your questions are the most success you are in life? in the case of fear – why? Why me? Why not? why haven’t anybody tried it? and then face it with resolution even in spite of feeling small. I would love to win the book to find answers to my Questions?

  • Ron Mazellan

    It is my passion to empower students at our university to dream dreams which God imagines for them. Typically following God to do what He imagines overwhelms and paralyzes many to take the needed steps to be empowered. “One Question” would provide stories and examples for those who preceded their steps.

  • Ngina Otiende

    I love Ken’s story (about his son). It drives the point home for me. Fear is something I face and I’d love to hear more thoughts and strategies on how to overcome. I like your thoughts on how to overcome it Michael, “walk into it, not away from it”. Powerful

  • Charlie Waller

    At 51, I just started a new career in sales after 25 years in another field. Of all things, I am fearful of closing the individual sale. In the larger scheme of things, I am fearful of failing and hurting my family. Though not crippled by it, I am sinfully anxious. One Question would help me see the ways that others have faced the challenges of life and overcome their fears.

  • Steve Kristan

    I would like a copy of this book. It’s interesting to note the fear illustration used in the article is that of a child. Often when first thinking of fear we think of children and what I call external fears. Something outside of us. But as we grow up we soon realize that our greatest fear (and in some cases our greatest enemy) comes from within.

  • Wendy Welborne

    I am learning to face my fears in both business and my personal life. I would love to have a copy of this book. I saw this quote just this past week and LOVE it. It’s my new favorite:

    • Wendy Welborne

      New favorite quote:
      The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure that you seek. —Joseph Campbell

  • Esther Aspling

    I face fear in sticking to what God leads me in doing, despite our families circumstances. With my husband only starting a job this week, me unable to work, and six kids that we homeschool, listening to God’s instruction to take on writing a book and go on a missions trip to Panama has not been easy. But I’ve found that through obedience I’ve found great reward.

  • John Richardson

    Fear comes at us so many times as a hidden force. We can’t see it for what it is. It may take the form of procrastination one minute and then morph into distraction the next. Then when we get ready to take an action step, it comes at us in a huge wave of panic. The trick is to learn how fear works, and see it for what it is. Once we know that fear is at work, we can hit it head on. Until then, it can rule our lives.

    • Dyana Haynes

      You nailed it!

  • Jim Miller

    We are often held back by are fears and sometimes we find it hard to even admit that we have fears. We’d rather be seen by others as being courageous and ready to move ahead. I would enjoy reading this book and I believe it could help me identify some of my fears and help me deal with them.

  • Peter Schmidt

    That’s a very touching story, many remeberances come to mind…
    Thank you, Mike for sharing this one with us !

  • Prakash M Swamy

    I am interested in the copy of the book as this subject interests me. Fear is the most common roadblock between you and success and if we can overcome it, sky is the limit

  • Michelle D. Howe

    As a leadership coach, I value this kind of feedback from leaders like Michael Hyatt. I desire to be constantly learning and growing so that I can influence those around me to do the same. I believe these questions can be utilized daily with myself, my family and my clients. Thanks!

  • Uma Maheswaran S

    I am once more reminded of the fear and its power. It keeps me from going forward in following and achieving my dreams. Whenever I face hurdles, I believe the insights in article reminds me of what I need to do. Looking forward to this book.

  • Larry Bloomquist

    As the CEO of my company, I have the privilege of engaging many high level leaders on a weekly basis. Many times I walk away from those encounters disappointed in myself for not asking these individuals IMPORTANT questions that can help me becoming a better leader and influencer. I’m hopeful Ken’s book will be an encouragement in this area.

  • Kathy Hogeveen

    Overcoming fear as you’ve stated is one of the top reasons people fail. I have made some seriously big leaps of faith in starting my own business and I am at one of those crossroads again where I have to decide to push through fear or return to where I came from. I find reading stories of people that have overcome challenges to be an enormous inspiration to keep fighting the good fight.

    • Michele Cushatt

      The idea of safety is quite tempting, isn’t it? Press on, Kathy.

  • Jonathan Harrison

    Fear is a seriously experienced and successful dream killer. Think about all the greatness that could be in all of our lives, if fear did not exist!

    With your son, you knew there was nothing to be afraid of, but the struggle he faced was internal. How many times have I faced the same situation – only to find out there really was nothing to be afraid of to start with?

    I love the premise behind your book “One Question.” Can’t wait to check it out!

  • Kelli Wommack

    I am spearheading leadership development for our church and staff and I think this book will be a great asset to our library. Personal stories about leadership are especially motivating. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  • Kenny

    Fear is a powerful force. It affects us in so many ways.
    Being insecure causes even more fear as we deal with life issues.
    I would be grateful to receive a copy of Mr Coleman’s book One Question.

  • Daniel Strydom

    I have a hunger to learn in order that I am better equipped to make a difference in my sphere of influence. Thank you for this opportunity.

  • Victoria Kron

    Fear, sometimes it stops me cold in my tracks. It makes me feel helpless, so any information about overcoming irrational fears is badly needed by me.

  • Pamela Bell

    I am interested in this book because, as a leader, I am always seeking resources that will enhance my leadership abilities.

  • Orugbo Jeffry

    What appeals to me about this book is the the insight it Promises to impart to readers ,because I know Ken will be asking questions that everyone of us can relate to and we will get to know How the “Big Guys” we look up to have tackled these issues,so we can Learn without going through seasons of Pain.
    I am a young Leader and i know i will find answers to some of the questions I have in mind this is why I will want a copy of this book.

  • Sheralene

    For many years I have been stumbled by fear. I have been stumbled by life period. In the Bible it talks about seeking counsel from the wise before making a big decision, so I would like a copy of this book in order to aid me through some rough spots in this journey called life.

  • DFW’s ADHD Experts

    As a counselor dealing with children/teens struggling with fears, Ken Coleman’s book will be a great resource of inspiration and will impact many!

  • Dyana Haynes

    THANK YOU for bringing the topic of fear into the forefront. I think fear is at the core of not only our individual struggles, but at the very center of the struggles, the oppression and the hate within our own nation and the world as a whole. Thank you for reminding me to “be afraid and to do it anyway”…I forget who said this, but it is true.

  • Whiz Dom

    I am reading this as I am facing – at 56, by the way – having to walk back not five minutes, but three decades, and retrace my steps both professionally and geographically. Fortunately, I am able to take that walk today to see where, if anywhere, it leads. Wish me luck. I am facing my fears this week.

  • Mary James

    Once again, great subject! I struggled with severe stage fright when I first started singing and speaking publically. In the middle of the night, months before and event, I would wake up with severe panick attacks and it only got worse as an event drew closer. There were a few things that aided me with this horrible level of fear: Prayer, a personal decision that I did not want fear to keep me in chains, repetition (the more events I did, the easier it became) and the words of a counselor that suggested pride was at the center of my fear. My pride did not want me to fail, sound or look stupid…it sought the approval of others. The mountain of fear did not have to be moved, I just had to have the courage to climb it!

  • Thomas E. Booker

    Fear…dealing with fear. This is has been and continues to be a
    lifelong battle for me. When making decisions and choices, I’ve learned
    that the worse outcomes resulted from a position of fear. Therefore Ken’s take on handling fear to life a bountiful life is what interests me about the book.

  • Robert English

    Recently I started studying how our mind works and how we need to break through our fear barrier that keeps us from doing many of the things to reach our goals. A friend of mine says to “jump out of the plane and build your wings on the way down.” I am still trying to get to that point. I would like to see how the interviewees in this book deal with fear.

  • Jonathan DeVore

    I’m a CPA who recently left the comfort of a Big 4 accounting firm to work with two of my brothers and their small startup. Needless to say, life is different in startup land : )

    Learning from folks who have been there before helps me continue to charge forward even when I can’t clearly see where the path is. I would love to have this collection of wisdom to draw upon during those times of struggle.

  • stephen

    i have my own small business in the mortgage world, and breaking through barriers is crucial, so I want to reach my full potential or get closer, and being married with three daughters, i also want to be an example for them, to help them to reach and explore opportunities they might not have attempted. I find that it has always been best to allow our daughters to learn form others, then trying to teach them, since I am Dad. this book I am sure will be very helpful in their journey, and mine too.

  • Donavan

    Learning how to deal with fear, as well as teaching my two young children how to face fear will go a long way in helping me mold my children into successful adults. I’ve never been much of a book worm, but something about this book struck a chord. I really need to read more and this book will help me get back on track. Thank you.

  • Matt E.

    The book interests me because it looks like it’s a great source of wisdom from a number of people who’ve learned some things along the way.

  • suzyq

    Along with Ken, I’ve been daunted by fear many times, but often they were imagined fears, never happening. Today’s world can lead down many a scary path–economy, war, politics, medical dilemmas. I’d love to read more from Ken!

  • bcole39

    Great thoughts. I have a grand daughter with a fear problem.

  • Jennie H.

    Thanks for the post! I think fear can sometimes go “undiagnosed” and we just don’t know what is holding us back. This post, and I am sure Ken’s book, will help me, along with others, figure out what we are afraid of and that we are not alone!

  • Heidi Santini Bergstrom

    I’m looking forward to reading this book. We have three children and I see reflections of my husband and myself in them. That is sometimes good and sometimes not so good. I feel a responsibility to overcome obstacles in my life to better model that for them. That is why I would like a copy of the book.

  • Marie Osorio

    I find that learning about other people’s experiences helps me navigate through my life. It also helps me in guiding my teenage boys through their lives. I would love to read this book to benefit from the experiences within it. I believe that fear is our one and only enemy. Conquering it opens up the world to us.

  • Tammie Edington Shaw

    Fear has been constant companion and I want to put that behind me. I’d love to read this book. When I read that even Michael Hyatt has fears, I feel I am in good company.

  • Pete Kieffer

    This sounds like a wonderful book and I agree with Michael’s comment. Having been several years in recovery from addiction, one thing I have learned is how large a part fears play in my life. And how important learning to deal with fear is for personal growth. Sounds like I could benefit from this book.

  • Steve DeVane

    The book appeals to me because it has the potential to be useful in many different circumstances. If I am facing an obstacle or challenge, there is a good chance that one of the questions will address my situation.
    Regarding the post, fear is often a major hindrance in our lives. Your perspective is helpful in our efforts to overcome it.

  • Karlie

    Because to overcome Fear would mean to remove, in my opinion, the biggest obstacle to anything I want to accomplish in my life

  • Dan Erickson

    The book appeals to me because I study fear. And here is what I’ve learned. Overcoming fear takes courage, but because as you mentioned, fear is in our mind, it’s not the absence of fear we should seek, but the mastery of fear.

    I study fear, as well mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, OCD, and psychopathy, because I’ve dealt with extreme fear based from my experience of being a child victim of a cult. Every book I read about these topics slowly increases my own understanding of fear and humanity and thus my fear continues to diminish.

  • Shirryl

    Thanks for sharing Ken Coleman with us, Michael. What appeals to me about the book “One Question” by Ken Coleman and why I would like a copy? Easy – the book’s topic of showcasing many topics is broad yet consolidated, it speaks to my need for quick surprise and learning, the author of the questions is sought-after, those approached with one question are luminary, the book is hand-held and probably available electronically. My wanting a copy is a given, then. Thanks very much for your posts!

  • De-Clutter Bug

    As a professional organizer and life coach, I find that fear is at the root of so much clutter – physical and emotional. Fear of letting go, fear of worrying you are going to offend someone, fear of not having enough…..just plain fear. The One Question would help me work more effectively with my clients in finding those life changing answers that would help them get “unstuck” as well as help me continue to move toward my goals in this journey of life!

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  • Rob

    I love to read what some top leaders have to say. Sounds like a great format to have the one question. I think this book will have some great insight. Maybe my kids would even be interested because of the one question. Thanks.

  • Kumar Gauraw

    Wow! Thanks for your story that really made this ‘interesting to all’ topic even amazing. And regarding Ken Coleman’s copy, I would love to have it. I’ve heard about this book before and I was just planning to buy one. But now, let me wait to see if I get one here, or else, I will go buy it. But thank you for sharing it here!

  • Rich

    I want the book because I am book addict! Seriously, this particular post could not have come at a better time. I pastor a small church in New England. I had big hopes for our service yesterday that did not materialize. Last night as I lay in bed talking with my wife about the day I said to her “I am afraid that I will end up insignificant, accomplishing little or nothing. The church isn’t growing. We are struggling financially. I am afraid that this is it for me, pastoring a small struggling church.” When I saw this post, I was amazed once again how you have dealt with my need at a time when I needed it most. So perhaps the book has some other things to say to me about where I am at and what I am doing.

  • AT

    While asking a good question can often get you to the heart of the matter, it is an art that is difficult to master. When the author combines the art of asking a good question with the response of leading voices, presumably belonging to people with wisdom, I can imagine the value that is generated. As someone from the helping profession, I believe in continuously learning from the best in order to remain effective.

  • Mark in Ct

    During Lent I focused on becoming the best version of myself by replacing bad habits with good ones. This book will inspire me to continue my journey.

  • Russell

    I overcame fear when a we went ice climbing in my early 20’s. I was scaling a face and slipped and kind of freaked out. My brother asked me if I wanted to go back down. I couldn’t face the idea of the later reproach i would get so I overcame my fear and climbed to the top. I’ve never gone ice climbing again, but the ability to overcome fear(s) has stayed with me now more than 30 years. It has helped foster success in my career to take on and face anything coming my way. I untimidly approached the woman of my dreams and married her. And I now have faced the biggest fear in life and am in it now: parenting of three teenagers.

  • Anita

    I have lived most of my life in highly volatile countries – Zimbabwe, Zambia, Nigeria, and Colombia – have been mugged numerable times and now at 53, find myself at the threshold of a new endeavor that will include establishing a children’s foundation in one of the most dangerous barrios of Bogota. I love the adventure of it all. I struggle consistently with fear and find it the biggest stopper in getting the job done.

  • Edie Melson

    At times I’ve felt I’ve overcome fear, especially when it comes to my passions – writing, teaching, speaking. But then I get ambushed by it. I think this book could help with that.

  • David Webb

    Fear has left me behind on several projects that know I could have been successful in if I had only stepped into it. Reading about others experience with fear reinforces the idea that facing fear is the best way to overcome it. I have noticed the more I step up to face my fears the easier it becomes and I am a better person for it.

  • Julie

    This hits home because I am a perfectionist and I know that my fear is holding me back from many things in my life!

  • Melissa Wright

    Fear is the #1 demon that I deal with on a daily basis. I know that I must keep going and never give up. Great things happen on the other side of fear. I would love a chance to read this book!

  • Vicki Farina

    Wow! I have been researching various fears from God’s word and am working on a speaking series around fear. I would love to see the connectedness of what Ken Coleman says and God’s word. I enjoy researching and connecting themes. Everyone has fears and often they sneak up on us and cause us to act out in sometimes interesting behaviors. I can’t wait to read this book. Very timely for the times our society is facing.

  • Josh Kearns

    As a young manager, I am very interested in learning about different leadership styles, and ways to help grow business for my company. I have read several books on leadership, and love reading the personal experiences that come from these books to help understand what was going on and helped that person overcome a certain obstacle, or have that “ah-ha!” moment. I think that One Question would be an excellent addition to my readings, and would love to have a copy.

  • JakeDOlson

    I would love to win this book because I’ve been shaped by the Catalyst conferences for years. I used to love listening to those talks, and I’m just now being drawn back to them after years abroad.

  • Wanda

    The book intrigues me because fear is something that I face often and the book sounds like a good resource on how to manage it better.

  • Steve Barkley

    This book sounds like a great way to benefit from the wisdom and experience of successful people.

  • Becky Brett Caldwell

    OK so it’s great when you face your own fear and deal with it, but what if you’re leading a fearful group? How do you get them through fear and to the other side? I am neck deep in this issue right now, and it’s starting to make me fearful, too.

    I am the sole employee of a large volunteer-run festival. This year, under my leadership, we are taking on a major event that is a calculated risk to refill our reserve funds, depleted over the last 3 years by ineffective budgeting and financial stewardship. Now that it is time to sign contracts, suddenly everyone is paralyzed by fear of making this commitment. I imagine it’s similar to when someone purchases a house.

    Normally I handle my own fear pretty well with prayer and action. I don’t know how to lead my board through this so that we can move forward with our plans. Someone please help because their fear is starting to rub off on me!

  • Puddleduckbunch

    An entire book based on learning vicariously from many different leaders on different career paths? Who wouldn’t want this book? I can’t wait to read it – I’d LOVE a copy!

  • Glen Mullins

    I, too, feel that I’m living far short of my potential due to fear. I’d like a copy of this book to learn more about overcoming fear; I’d also love to read more from the many leaders that were interviewed for this book.

  • HT Life Teen

    I have found fear to be so connected to the issues of trust and control. As mentioned above, it tends to arrest us – handcuff us into the status quo. In my work with students, I have shared my strategy of constantly remembering that what I believe in is bigger than any ‘Goliath’ fear and how this has helped me in letting go and moving forward in that battle. I am curious to explore the strategies and perspectives leading influencers have found helpful in confronting fear and taking the next steps into wonder and imagination

  • ashlim

    This book intrigues me because of its wide variety of contributors. From the cover, I can see business men and women, coaches, inspirational Christian speakers and more. I love the idea of the format of different questions for different people and the idea of brevity in keeping the responses relevant to the question at hand. This looks to be a book you could pick up and grab some inspiration from anytime…

  • Ellen Cunningham Lambert

    Fear? If it were a gold medal event I’d have medalled in it — but then, I’d probably have been too afraid to enter! It’s the one tool in Satan’s arsenal that gets to me every time. But I have learned this: NOTHING — not one thing has EVER been as awful fearsome as what I went through afraid of it. Nothing. Torment is a fear taking hold. And all that it keeps us from doing. I’m interested in the book because just that “one question” opened up such a storehouse of emotion. Can’t wait to read another! Bless you for what you do!

  • studio331

    I have always liked the saying, “Find out what scares you the most and go do it twice!”

  • Kim Hall

    I believe strongly that asking high quality questions provides high quality information, and makes for very interesting reading! I would love a copy of this book to ask myself and my loved ones the questions that Ken has asked his guests, to help me learn, lead and love more fully.

  • Josh Brown

    It addresses the one question that every entrepreneur asks. I just launched my own law firm focused exclusively on franchise & small business matters. I had planned on launching it a year ago, but got paralyzed by the fear. I finally overcame it by just doing it. I have clients and have been practicing for just under 7 years, so I said what the heck. Ultimately, the thought of not doing it weighed heavier than the thought of doing it, despite the outcome.

  • Scott D.

    This is Great!! As a Dad of 3 young boys (7,6, and soon to be 5 on Sunday) – I have lots of fears…..but I have to face them head on and teach my kids the same thing. Thanks for sharing!

  • Brent Dumler

    This book looks wonderful. Recently, I’ve been challenged by my amazing wife to write an eBook on being the spiritual leader of your home…for men who are intimidated by this and have no idea where to start. This book may help me recognize some reasons why I’m hesitating to jump into this.

  • Michael Cotter

    I’m in the same boat as Kathy H. Been working on my own for past two years, and now am facing some important decisions. I do not want fear to be a part of my decision making process. I believe that seeing how others have faced their fears can shed some light on my situation also.

  • Mike Chapman

    What a great list of people to interview. Looking forward to reading this book by Coleman.

  • Dayna Renee Hackett Bickham

    I love the idea of reading a book that asks leaders and individuals one question. “Where there is no counsel the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.” Proverbs 11:14

  • Randy Cantrell

    Anxious to read this.

  • Carolyn Marsh

    I would love to see what various thought leaders have to say, so the idea that we get inside “scoop” on their thoughts on one question sounds very intriguing to me!

  • Lance Hendrickson

    I love the quote above, “fear can protect us from danger—but it can also keep us from life’s great adventures.” I have recently begun to realize that my fear has kept me from some great adventures in my life. I anticipate this book will continue to give me the push I need and be bold instead of fearful.


  • Bill Nicoson

    I work with pastors all over the country. I know of two things that constantly plague them. 1.) Loneliness 2.) Fear. The Bible speaks to the issue of fear over and over again. Even to the shepherds in the field we are reminded of how fear weighs heavy with us. This is a great conversation and I hope that many will heed the advice of the blog and book. Thanks for posting.

  • Randy Beeman

    Fear paralyzes us when we don’t believe that we have a calling to something greater than ourselves. We must be willing to take big and bold steps into arenas where we have never gone before.

  • Jean Smith

    Fear is what holds us back. It would be wonderful to learn how to harness fear and use it to move ahead,

  • Denise Dukette

    Fear of criticism is a valid fear for many, I believe, in addition to failure. Failure is essential in everyone’s life. One learns more from one failure than 100 successes.

    No matter the industry that you’re in, there are a myriad of sources to gain support, that offer encouragement, or provide gentle guidance. These support systems can reduce or alleviate some of the fear that lurks within us all. Moving forward is *always* possible if you open yourself up to it.

  • Vony Ackley

    oh my goodness! FEAR….who doesn’t need this book?

  • Izabellaitalia

    As a missionary near the largest satanic church in Europe, and having just left my mission organization over their leadership mistakes – but staying where I’m called – this book interests me to hear what various leaders have to say about staying strong and continuing forward momentum. Life is a difficult road if we try to go it alone – even just “me and God”. We should be helping each other along the road – and that includes time to listen to wisdom as well as time to impart it to others. As I battle with illness in this time of transition, it is time for me to listen to wisdom; so I’m curious about this book.

  • Brittany

    This sounds like a great book to read! I like the idea of finding the courage to confront what scares me the most

  • Mark Guay

    Hi Michael. Thank you for bringing in Ken Coleman’s work to your blog. I would absolutely love a copy of this book and here’s why. I believe that one can learn a tremendous amount from just listening to the more experienced. Yet, few are listening and a lot of people are talking. It’s a bit like the Native American principle where the youth learn orally from the elders around the campire ceremonies. I think this principle has been lost in our culture today – a bit ironic considering how easy it is to connect with a tweet. I’d like to read what Coleman shares from leading thinkers much like yourself. This will undoubtedly help me in my career in education as much of what I teach is in how we can all work together better to bring about a better tomorrow.

  • Brian

    Fear is what holds me back. It would be great to learn how to deal with fear and use it to move forward. Thanks

  • Ben Landers

    Reading a good book is like having a really good conversation with someone. Reading this book seems like it would be similar to having 50 really good conversations with the leaders of today. Who wouldn’t want to get in on that?

  • Amy Milliron

    When I was younger, I was afraid of a lot of things including sirens, dark places, flying on an airplane, getting on a boat, going too fast, etc. I am no longer afraid of much at all. Growing up, I did not know the Lord. I did not know his peace. As a young adult, I asked Jesus into my heart. My fears melted away because I knew I was protected. My children deal with fear and I want this book so I can help them overcome their fears long before they are adults.

  • Tim Olson

    The noticeable element in the story of Ty’s fear is the presence of one who cared for him and loved him throughout his ordeal – his father. This adds to Ty’s self-worth, confidence and identity. It is easier to face fears when you know who you are and whose you are. How often do we attempt to deal with fears without inviting someone else in or having someone who is there for us? The Bible does tell us to do this but do we? Where do we put our faith and trust when we need it?

  • Angela

    My husband is starting a real estate business and has been held back because of failure. I think this would be a great book to bing his goal back to focus.

  • Kelly

    I would love to read this book.

  • Taq’uee Hicks

    For years I could not figure out why I was so afraid of making decisions throughout life. Why do I feel this way? Well I’ve just become to discover that life is full of adventures and opportunity. Their is really no right or wrong way to your journey, theirs just results. Learning and allowing myself to concur my fears and correct the course along the way have open many doors full of possibilities in my life. I feel that owning a copy of this book and sharing with others and giving back will allow others to expedite the learning process of overcoming fears in life. Thank you and I couldn’t be more excited owning this book.

    *Special Thanks to: Ken Coleman, Michael Hyatt, Simon & Schuster, Ken’s publisher

  • Garrison Reekers

    This looks like a book that I need to read. I have been listening to podcast, reading blogs, and reading books where people are explaining that they had to overcome fears to accomplish whatever they are doing. So many easy things are not carried out because of all the fears that we put in our minds that are mostly unrealistic. I am slowly but surely realizing this and have come a long way in accomplishing some of the goals that I have set in the past and not followed through because of fears in my mind.

    I enjoy the amount of transparency that so many people are putting out there today and letting us all see some of the fears that they had going into their perspective projects. Hearing and seeing what some of these great presenters and leaders share about there fears is mind blowing because they faced and overcame fears that we all have. I find it very inspiring to relate fears that I am having and knowing that I am not the only one that has had to face them.

  • Tracey Moore

    I loved this post. I have a workshop that I am preparing called, No Fear! Stepping Out on Faith and Into Your Destiny. It’s so important to identify our fears and take steps to overcome them. We have to believe that we can live free of fear if we attack them as we identify them. Sometimes we have to get mad and make a divine declaration that we refuse to tolerate any fear in our lives. In Psalms, David said, “I sought the Lord, He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.” That tells me that God wants us to live life fearlessly, and He is ready and able to deliver us if we’d only dare to ask, and then do exactly what He instructs us to do. Thanks you so much for the reminder that when fear arises, we must step into the middle of it and overcome it. Below I have posted a poem from my new book, Oasis for My Soul called, “No Fear!”


    Satan has set a trap for believers,
    For he is a liar and a master deceiver.
    That trap called fear, designed to paralyze,
    Is only a lie wrapped up in disguise.
    You must feel the fear, but move out in God,
    Go where no other man has trod.
    That’s the way to escape Satan’s snare.
    Do what you fear, and cast your care.
    For God did not give you a fearful spirit,
    The voice of Satan, refuse to hear it.
    To live free of fear is a challenging task,
    God will give you boldness if you’ll only ask.
    Declare God’s Word as you attack your fear,
    Ignore the devil’s taunts and jeers.
    Your fears you must identify,
    Do not allow life to pass you by
    Or let fear keep you in a little box
    That Satan turns the key to lock.
    Fear is designed to keep you still,
    Know that, for you, that’s not God’s will.
    Decide that fear will not control you,
    Whatever the Father says, you must do.
    Chase, capture, and wrestle fear to the ground,
    Every single stronghold, bring it down.
    Your heavenly Father will deliver, it’s true,
    When God gets done, Fear will fear you.

    Thanks again for all of the good info you share.
    Tracey L. Moore

  • Brett

    What appeals to me about this book…. First, I’ve listened to countless Ken Coleman interviews. He’s top notch at what he does and always draws out such great insight from the leaders and thinkers he talks to. I’d love to have some deeper content based on his insightful questions. Second, I’d love to have an anthology of clear answers to questions that I’m sure are distilled from hundreds of previous interviews with cutting edge leaders.

  • Lebogang

    I have sabotaged myself many a times throughout my life, in relationships as well as in my career at large. Now that I am older and know better, I find that it was the fear that I haboured in my heart that I allowed to rule my life. I allowed inactivity to direct the course of my life. I would benefit greatly from this book. Thank you.

  • Justin Buck

    Loved this post. When I am afraid, I remind myself that what I fear must eventually come to pass– with or without me. My philosophy is that the outcome will be good or bad, but it will be. Armed with this almost Stoic outlook, I give my best effort and influence the direction of the outcome as best I can.

  • nathan

    Fear is one thing that has slowed many things in my life. Aspirations and goals and dreams. I want to be able to over come my fears so that I may help other people overcome theirs. My dream is to be a public speaker and touch people’s lives. I want to help people over come their fears so that they can become great. Live the lives they always wanted. I feel this book can help me in achieving my own dreams and help others achieve theirs.

  • Bernard Haynes

    I believe this book will help through my on going battle with some of things that hinders my life’s journey. Fear is at the top of list. I have often allowed fear to hold me hostage from going after what’s possible for me to do. I have failed to take action repeatedly because of fear.

    • Jim Martin

      Bernard, I like the way you express what fear has done to you at times “I have often allowed fear to hold me hostage…” I have not thought of this in those terms but that is so true. Thanks.

      • Bernard Haynes

        No problem Jim.

  • Che Cowan

    I’m afraid I may not win one of these books

  • Justin Dernison

    I like books. This is random right?

  • Chad

    I went through a difficult time last year on fear. Just became paralyzed. Started memorizing scripture on fear and just prayed liked I never have before. The fear I envisioned NEVER HAPPENED. I heard that 95% of what you fear never happens. I also hear that “fear is temporary atheism.” I woul love to have this book for the next episode I go through.

    • Michele Cushatt

      Like you, I’ve found that speaking truths out loud eventually help curb the emotion and physical response behind fear. Even though I feel ridiculous talking to myself out loud, there’s something powerful about hearing yourself speak truth.

  • Nancy Wallace Schneider

    Fear is one of those “things” in life that is never really absent; it is always lurking for an open door. I consider it a life tension that requires my intentional management, which starts by living in truth and life. I know this yet … fear still gains power in my life. One of the reasons for this is isolation. I would like to receive a copy of this book to enlarge my community of fear truth-seekers and to find strength in the lessons learned from the author’s journey.

  • Gary Darnell

    Fear has ruled in my life for about 63 of my 66 years. I have finally changed the behavior I practiced so long and this book will take me farther in the right direction.

    • Michele Cushatt

      What practice(s), in particular, made the biggest difference, Gary?

  • Bill Meeks

    It is reassuring to know that I am not the only one that suffers from unreasonable fear. I am a Director in the company I work for and in my current role I have faced many fearful moments head-on. I wish I could say this practice has made it easier over time, but it hasn’t. Thanks for all you do Michael.

    • Jim Martin

      Bill, your willingness to face fearful moments head-on in spite of how difficult it continues to be is encouraging. Sometimes, I have thought that if I were facing these fears in the right way, surely this would become easier. Good to hear that you have moved ahead with facing your fears anyway.

  • MizLMP

    I am frozen in fear … at this moment. It’s been almost a year-long episode. And it’s so silly, I can’t believe I’m still stuck. It’s career-related and harks back to a one-on-one that rocked my day. Since then, I’ve been praying and persevering. Would love a copy of the book as a source of inspiration to help me step through my fear and panic.

  • Annette

    Daily I distance myself from fear and lead others to do the same. Yet, when I am not paying attention, there Fear is standing next to me again. I would like to renew my mind and become a continuous conqueror over fear.

  • Martha

    In the story of David and Goliath, shows very clear the effects of the fear, IF you are defeated by your fear, you will be his servant BUT if you

    1 Samuel 17: 8b-9 “choose you a man for you, and let him come down to me. If he be able to fight with me, and to kill me, then will we be your servants: but if I prevail against him, and kill him, then shall ye be our servants, and serve

    I would like to read this book to learn and to teach about this important topic for my life and others.

  • coco speaks

    Loved this post on fear – can completely relate. But I’m also interested in hearing/learning from other Great Minds about issues they’ve encountered & how they overcame. This is the power of the word – to strengthen, encourage, inspire & teach others

  • Lee Ann Bower

    Wow! Awesome insight & blog post on this topic! Fear unfortunately plagues us all at one time or another throughout our lives, but through the Power of Jesus Christ, we can overcome! I would live receiving a free copy of this book! I work in Sales, and love the art of asking questions, questions that seem right, relevant, and that bring about revelation! Thank You Michael for always an inspiring word!

  • Mark Edward Clark

    I am a Catalyst Podcast junkie! I thoroughly enjoy the interviews that Ken Coleman brings to the ether waves. Great questions and interactions, always with poignant insights. If the interviews are any indication, the book will be entertaining and thought provoking. I would love to have a copy to refresh my catalog of timely illustrations..

  • Brian

    I have submitted to fear on many occasions and passed up
    some great opportunities. Only looking back later did I realize fear took
    control of my life and prevented me from growing or succeeding.

    • Michele Cushatt

      I’ve experienced the same, Brian. At the time, fear made me believe that walking away was the “right” choice. Only later did I see clearly enough to realize I’d been deceived by my own emotions.

  • Crissy Manwaring

    Fear prevents many people from striving to escape the “average” trap and becoming the truly spectacular version of themselves… myself included. The image of walking right into the face of my fears is a powerful one. The idea of this book appeals to me because an interview with a single question distills the experience and wisdom of a thought leader into one tidbit that I can take and apply to my own life.

  • Deanne

    I am currently between jobs, and hoping to make somewhat of a career change. Now and then I am blindsided by fear…about finances, finding a good job, just finding a job at all. This book looks as though it would be a very timely read for me as I continue my search for a meaningful job.

  • Katherine Jones

    As a Christian, I’m struck by how often fear is addressed in Scripture. “Do not be afraid…” We read it so often. God knows this is an inherent part of our human frailty. Probably not something we can fully conquer in our lifetime, but I’m all for finding ways to help me overcome. Thanks.

  • BeauAbernathy

    This is a book that will revolutionize the way most people see leadership. Instead of a canned approach to leadership with easy questions and predictable answers, I am looking for something more substantive and real.

  • Shannon

    Hmmm. My way of conquering fears gets the job done but not without lots of anxiety and hyperventilating (smile). If there’s another way to jump in the water, then I’m all ears.

  • Mike

    As a leader myself, I constantly am looking for places to learn. I do not want to lead in a bubble, but would rather gain insight from others. This book format seems to provide a way for me to gain specific insights from a leader and would be a very valuable resource.

  • Michael Stewart

    Ken was involved in Student Government when I was the Dean of Student Life @ Liberty University. It has been exciting to watch him grow since those days. I will never forget being @ Catalyst in 2009 when he was interviewing a young man who had grow up with the same Compassion sponsor since he was a child and then introducing him for the first time to that sponsor! Priceless! He is does a great job of interviewing and asking the questions people want answers too and I look forward to reading his book …

  • Todd Marsha

    I’m always looking for new sources of inspiration. I think it’s vital to always fill our minds with inspiring thoughts, images and stories that remind us of the power we all have if we just take action.

  • Fran Williams

    Fear is most times a learned experience. Yes, there are times that we should rightfully be afraid, like when our lives or health are endangered, but even then there are times that we are frozen in fear rather than acting appropriately to avoid the situation.
    Case in point, as I grew up for some reason I was never afraid of snakes and lizards. I had friends who were deathly afraid of them. One after one my friends told me of their first experience with one of the creatures and most of the time it was accompanied by an older adult showing inordinant fear in their presence.
    I on the other hand was shown the difference between “good” snakes and harmful ones, but fear was not modeled in relation to the animals. As a result I was more curious than afraid, more respectful than reactive.
    I know this is a small example, and there are things of which I am irrationally afraid. But I understand how your thoughts are correct on this.

  • Sandi Parsons

    I am intrigued and interested to hear these stories, I am looking to being encouraged by those who have gone before me! :)

  • tkaybake

    I battle with fear, I remember being afraid to take the plane trip to Russia 12 years ago to adopt our daughter who was almost 9 at the time. I think now to what I would have missed if I had given into that fear.

    • Michele Cushatt

      Beautiful story.

  • Todrick Moore

    Interviews are great ways to build confidence and inspiration. I personally love to use them to spark my own creativity, inspiration and confidence. They also help to know people through their view on life and how they handle the challenges it brings.

    I just spoke with my wife about fear today. I admitted to my lackluster way of trying hard to blog and showcase my graphic design skills. Sure enough as we spoke fear put a blanket over my mind and immediately I felt as if I could not move forward. If I never get the ball moving its the same as failure. I have to get the ball moving and move past my fear. Thank you for a timely post and a chance to win what I believe will be a great read.

  • facebook-1036881231

    Fear is at the heart of the division facing our country concerning gun control. Those without guns fear the destruction and waste of life permeated by those with guns. A vast majority of the country fears guns in the hands of irrational people and want universal background checks. Those with guns fear losing their guns, or the fear of tyranny, or they have some fear of mankind that requires them to seek violence as a solution. The NRA feeds on fear and pushes more guns as a solution to fear.

    If your book addresses a solution to fear concerning guns and their control then I would be interested in your book and the ideas of the contributors.

    • facebook-1036881231

      Because I don’t twitter I used the Facebook option. The linking replaced my identity with a link that only returns to this page. And it didn’t post on Facebook, which I will do manually. Not trying to hide from the author, Michael, or the great followers of this blog.

  • addarnell

    I’ve listened to Ken interview a lot of different people on the Catalyst podcast and have been encouraged many times by his insight and wisdom. I’m embarking on a new journey in my life and moving 21 hours away from my family, friends, and church to help plant a new church in Phoenix. I’m am so excited to begin this adventure! It’s only happening because for the past year I’ve heard Ken (and Brad) challenge their “listener’s” to be great and do things that matter. I’d love a copy of his book so I can continue learning from him and make this adventure really count.

  • Michele Cushatt

    If I had to pinpoint my single greatest struggle over the past several years, it would be fear. Somewhat embarrassing to admit it, but it’s true. Like you, the only way I’ve learned to overcome it is to face it head on. Dive right in. The fear of the unknown is far worse than navigating the known. What a great book concept. Thanks for sharing a selection here.

  • Ryan Hosley

    I have come to see fear as a powerful motivator and a lousy compass. Any resource that deals with fear from those who have the fruit of successful lives is a resource I’m hungry for. For me, for my family, for those I lead.

  • Amy Thedinga

    The phrase “life changing” in the subtitle definitely gets my attention. I am fascinated by the ability people have to make quality decisions and change their life. I am equally fascinated by the overwhelming majority that don’t – even though they are dissatisfied with their life the way it is. I would like to have a copy of this book so I can learn from those who have gained mastery in areas where I would like to see change in my own life.

  • Peggy

    I love this story! I have recently been reading about how fear is irrational and is a battle we all fight in our minds. When everything rational tells us not to fear, we can choose to take that step into the fear and experience something we could not do otherwise. If it is failure we fear, we will learn from it and grow. If it is success we fear, we can also learn to handle that on the otherside (get over ourselves) and keep growing. One success is not final! Something bigger will be on the other side of the success.

  • Seth

    What a cool idea for a book. The post on fear hit the nail on the head. I can’t wait to get this book and see what other wisdom can be gleaned from it. Thanks for sharing Michael!

  • Karen Davis

    If this excerpt is any indication, this book is going to be a great read! I enjoy Robert’s blog and often come away inspired or challenged. I’ve also been introduced to amazing leaders and thinkers via his interviews and I look forward to the “life-changing answers” in this book!

  • DrMatt

    I love this post, and it sounds like a great book. That has been the most effective way for me to overcome my fears as well, just step into it. I first discovered this back in high school I think. Glad to see that someone is teaching others out there to do the same!

  • Bo Barron, CCIM

    I remember in the movie First Knight, Lancelot made it through the Gauntlet when no other person had ever been able to do so. King Arthur asked him how he did it. His answer is so appropriate to this discussion. He said, “Fear causes many to pause when they need to press forward.” Or something like that.

    I love the idea of this book. It shares wisdom in bite-sized chunks that readers can digest and implement quickly. I hope to read it soon!

  • Wayne Owens

    I once worked at a ship yard where the PresidentCEO of the company made it a regular habit of walking through the yard and speaking with men he employed. When asked why he would do this, he said that he had long come to the realization that he was not smart enough to think through everything, solve all the problems, or find every solution. His thinking was that he only had one mind of his own, but he had a shipyard full of brains at his disposal. It has always impressed upon me that multiple brains are always better than one. So the opportunity to read advice from such a large variety of successful people is very appealing.

    • Jim Martin

      What a great story, Wayne! Thanks.

  • kimanzi constable

    This is a great story and so true about fear. Sounds like a great book.

  • Carolyn O’Connor

    As someone who loves learning and asking questions, a book on questions posed to different people is quite interesting to me. For that reason, I would love to read the questions he posed as well as the answers returned. Assuming he didn’t ask the exact same question to everyone, this could be a great learning opportunity for anyone who wants to grow and expand their things.

  • Nina Love

    I love to read and learn from other leaders about the obstacles they have overcome as well as lessons learned. Fear often comes from the “not knowing.” By reading and learning from others experiences, I will know potentially know what to expect and therefore, minimizes the fear! As a coach and leader I love to share the books I read with my teams. So not only will the book make a difference in my life, but I will look to pay it forward to others as well.

  • Karen Morti Charles

    I’m sure the answers from those interviewed will be meaningful to the reader. But it is the format that draws me to this book. It is intriguing to think of designing one question to draw something valuable from a specific person. I am so curious to see what questions are asked!

  • Tess The Bold Life

    Love the story of fear and your family at Disney. Who can’t relate to a time when they turned back due to fear and then turned around again to face it. I would love a copy of your book. I have a blog on helping others work through fear.

  • Julie Sunne

    Fear in my life largely manifests itself as procrastination. I may move into the face of my fear, but I do so with hesitation, throwing any manner of obstacles in my way. This manifestation of fear can be nearly as damaging as completely avoiding events and items that trigger fear.

  • JViola79

    Fear has held me back at various times of my life. It can disguise itself so well too :) I would love to conquer it in my life & achieve more. Thank you for the opportunity!

  • Terry Hadaway

    One Question sounds like a great book because it employs a simple educational strategy that many presenters overlook—adults only remember the last point made. If people are only going to remember one thing, why not ask only one question?

    Fear lives at the entrance to greatness. If we press on, we pursue our potential. If we turn back, we relive our pasts. Too many people turn back when they encounter fear. I know I’ve done it. However, I’m determined to live the words I write. If I’m not going to live my why, why did I write the book?

  • Scott

    I am 62 and in the last two years I have had to face fears like never before. Michael’s words, “to step into it—right into the middle of it—and do the thing that you are afraid to do.” are so true and it if I may add to that:
    We step into it knowing this is a key part of Gods work in our life. This is designed by God not to destroy us but strength us that we grow in so many aspects of our life.
    The words of a song that my son sang years ago, even today still gives me the courage spoken of here.
    “In Jesus name we press on”!

  • Matt Morrison

    Struggling with this in a huge way in my own life. Im dealing with an anxiety disorder that keeps trying to take over me. Ive learned this same thing to be true though. If I give up and stop pursuing what Im called to do, Ill quite simply implode. Great thoughts here!

  • Tom Schones

    The subconscious mind controls is responsible for 95-98% of the mind’s activity and 1,000,000 times more powerful than the conscious mind. Fear resides in the subconscious mind, so if we can learn how to manage our subconscious mind and overcome our fear we will experience true freedom.

  • Shane Mackintosh

    Just looking at the people Ken has interviewed for this book is enough to want it. The 3 areas of the book that all questions fall within should provide a wealth of information especially as I’m starting to build a new business and my own personal platform.

  • Abby Hatch

    Love the idea for this book! Reminds me of the power of the TED talks – intentionally distilling wisdom so it can be rapidly absorbed. The book would fit in beautifully with my morning and evening habits of personal development and inspiration. …And as I battle fear to get my dissertation finished this week, LOVED Ken’s question and Michael’s answer. Thank you both!

  • Mark Savage

    I just today dealt with the incapacitation of fear. This book seems like it could be enlightening to me!

  • Courtney Caudle White

    Thank you Ken and Michael. Your authenticity is so contagious. I appreciate those of us who are willing to tackle fear head-on. As a professional counselor, I see firsthand how debilitating anxiety and fear can be. But as much as I empathize with others as I see fear operating in their own lives, I’m troubled by fear’s paralyzing effects in my own life. I have a quote in my office that says, “Do the thing you fear and fear subsides.” Thanks again for the inspiration to push through when fear of failing arises and likewise, the fear of success and/or the criticism or praise that comes with threatens to keep us silent. Blessings.

  • Jeannie Kinney

    Any book you recommend has to be very good. I would love to learn more from leaders. I know that the times I felt fear in my decisions, things didn’t go the way I had hoped. Thank you!

  • Sandra Cremers

    I always have been a shy, stay at home girl. Overcoming fear of people, opportunities, and situations are my downfalls. I get discouraged and easily give up too often. I have overcome some of the people and situation fears by determination, but still need to look ahead and go forward in life, which does get scarey for me. I need that little push and I believe this book will help me to overcome and move forward and keep fighting for my goals in life and get over some of the little things that keep me from moving ahead. Self help books help me, which enable me to help others and pay it forward. I want to be an example and help others to overcome and pay it forward.

  • Sherry Langland

    Fear can sometimes immobilize me and I think this book can help me.

  • Micki

    I love the idea of hearing from so many different people on a variety of topics all in one place. I love hearing new perspectives and this seems to be a great way to do it. I couldn’t agree more on the answer you gave to the question about fear, Michael, great insight, as always.

  • Denise McConnell

    I have to continually remind myself to lean into my fear. I have big dreams and wonder why I am not realizing more of them. When I hear about how others overcome their fear it helps me to recognize my fears and dear to lean into them. I have never been disappointed with the outcome when I lean into my fear and get to the other side. The following scripture usually helps me to go for it Hebrews 12:2b “…For the joy set before him he endured the cross, “. Often my fear looks like a cross and my automatic reaction is to reject it.

  • Ruth Chapman

    Ken Coleman’s excerpt from his new book describing how his son dealt with fear of a ride at Disney was easy to relate to. I think most of us have fears that we have to get past if we want to move forward with our dreams. Fear is an obstacle, but it is not final nor is it fatal. HIs post makes me want to learn more about what he has to say and how others are conquering fear.

  • Ruth Chapman

    Just in case I didn’t make it clear, the reason I’d like a copy of Ken Coleman’s new book is because it covers a relevant subject in a compelling manner, judging by the excerpt.

  • RightJAB

    I’m plagued by fear to move forward and it’s hard to shake, so I lvoed your comment. But as a reporter and writer, I love the idea of picking someon’s brain and listening to their ideas and expertise.

  • RightJAB


    Wow…I should have checked my spelling!
    Meant to say:
    I’m plagued by fear to move forward and it’s hard to shake,
    so I loved your comment. But as a reporter and writer, I love the idea
    of picking someone’s brain and listening to their ideas and expertise.

  • Taylor McCown

    Would love a copy of Ken’s new book as I am a big fan and loyal listener of the Catalyst and Ken Coleman Show podcasts. Really enjoy Ken’s interview style and the wisdom he is able to glean from top leaders in all fields through the interview process. Would love to have a copy of this book to continue to learn from top leaders as Ken pinpoints one key question for each of them.

  • Chris Fontana

    “Fear is the opposite of Faith”…don’t know where I heard that quote originally, but I love it…looking forward to reading this book.

  • Jesse Mook

    I have seen in my life that fear in it’s many forms have kept me from moving forward. Sometimes that fear of success can stop progress, because what if more will be expected of me and I can not live up to that new standard. Or, what if I fail and lose the comfort and safety of what I know. With out jumping in with both feet, we (I) get the worst of both worlds. Looking forward to seeing how others have overcame these thoughts and fought either great odds, or just great mental barriers to overcome.


  • Andy Sikora

    I am a fan of learning in any capacity – but lately I have really been drawn to the lessons learned from the lives of others. I really enjoy hearing not just principles but the places they’ve come from.

  • Joshua Lee Henry

    Learning to conquer fear is perhaps one of the most courageous skills, anyone can accomplish. Facing fear is essential for leaders.

  • Joe Lalonde

    Ken Coleman has been an inspiration to me since discovering him at Catalyst a few years ago. I’d love to get a copy of his book because I’m sure he’s gathered the insights of some of the best leaders in the world. Hearing what they have to say can be life changing.

  • Kyle Musser

    I find that one of the best ways to overcome fear is to find inspiration in some one else’s story. Whatever the obstacle or fear that’s holding you back, from personal experience there are always others that had to endure much more adversity that ourselves. Looking for outside influences can provide a nice sense of perspective and inspire you to make the leap toward conquering your fears. Lil video I was watching earlier tonight :)

  • Elizabeth Lecavalier

    This makes me think of the following quote : “Fear is static that prevents me from hearing myself.” by Samuel Butler. I think that the problem is typically not fear itself but our own reaction to fear. One must learn how to approach fear and deal with it as we live a life worth living for, full of purpose and meaning. Fear prevents us from seeing things clearly.

  • Amy Evans

    As the Communications Director for an up and coming model school I often ponder the importance of the questions we ask in framing the ideas we have. I find this true at our school, in the field of education, in our work and in life in general. Our perceptions and our actions start with the questions we ask. Mr. Coleman’s book, “One Question” appeals to me both for the questions he chooses to ask and for the timely and powerful answers I believe it will contain. I would love a copy of the book to gain wisdom both from the questions and the answers within. I would also love a copy because building a library of uplifting, inspiring and meaningful works to share with others is a passion of mine. I believe it is powerful to explore great ideas, even more powerful to share them, and invaluable to be able to introduce others to those ideas straight from the great minds who conceived them.

  • Mark Anthony Intas

    Everyone faces fear especially those in leadership. But real courage is not the absence of fear, it is simply facing it even though you lack courage.

  • Heidi Jensen

    God is challenging me to new things, bringing to fruition some long held dreams which had some fears attached to them. At this time, I feel like there is excitement in stepping out in faith rather than dreaming with fear…would love copy of the book to continue feeding the faith and excitement with examples of others who have overcome!

  • Adam Rico

    There is something in us that defaults to fear when we encounter the unknown. It has been so helpful to me to know that people like Michael experience fear just like I do, yet can still accomplish great things. It gives me a lot of hope and confidence that I can do the same despite my fears.

  • bjmg

    One Question? I think one answer can be the answer that helps me take a step through fear. It sounds inspirational and motivating.

  • JLynne

    I was an aid worker for a few years and was in some situations where I felt my health or safety was in danger, or that of my close friends. I felt fear, to a certain extent, in those situations. But in those moments of crisis, there is no “fear is only in your mind” – it’s smack-dab-right-in-your-face! You’ve got to keep your head about you, depend on the training and preparation you’ve had, and act confidently and immediately. Out of necessity, you face it head on, and what’s cool is that that fear doesn’t persist. After the fact, it’s gone. When it’s dealt with, the fear is over. It’s funny what I fear now, working for a consulting company back in North America. I fear being criticized, negative feedback, not able to produce the exact results I want to. Not exactly the same level of crisis-worthiness! I have to remind myself: what’s the worst that could happen if these fears actually came true? And, why not treat them with immediate action? Face them courageously…they may not be comparatively “crisis worthy” – but they can certainly be debilitating mentally…and from experience I know that facing them head on makes the fear disappear!
    I am currently studying a book called Axiom with a group of young leaders from my church. I am interested in learning about additional anecdotal leadership insights from the book “One Question” to be exposed to other fantastic leaders and collective wisdom. Not only for my own interest, but also to share with others on the journey too. Reflecting on fear today has been a great start!

  • tematapuna

    Fear is something that I have to work through everyday before I go to work. I am so sure that I may fail that I have to practice or rehearse in my mind a positive response. I try hard to visualise my response to possible scenarios that arise in the work place and then I get on with another day of work – mostly quickly and with ease. It seems that fear is opportunistic in taking control if you let it, and most fear breaks up if you face it. I find preparation for those negative things that could occur – gives me a sense of fortitude.

  • johnvonhof

    We are bombarded on all sides by the media, TV, radio, the Internet – wherever we turn. Every day. We cannot hide from these intrusions into our personal lives. Often we long for common sense, for quiet. One Question presents us with respected people who are asked a single question on a specific topic. Thirty-six topics about succeeding, surviving, and sustaining. These 36 encompass our daily lives. They define who we are when no one is looking, when we are down, when we need direction, when we look for answers to make us better people in our families and work and play. I look forward to reading One Question in my quiet moments. I’ll start with Gratitude.

  • Matt Crawford

    I’d like to give a copy of this book to my brother.

  • Roger Nielsen

    Fear-Even as a gang member and gang leader I lived in fear. I feared what people would say, think, or do to me. It wasn’t until after giving my life to Christ that perfect love casted out fear. Once I was asked to pray for about 300 inmates and about 10 heard. Afterwards the Bible study leader shared 2 Timothy 1:7 with me, For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.
    Now as part of the John Maxwell Team and a safety supervisor in the petro chemical industry I’m asked to speak to hundreds of people I barely know and am reminded of 2 Timothy 1:7 still over 12 years later.

  • Ulrich Hoffmann

    It’s a smart answer. It’s a great topic. More than that, though, I personally enjoyed the concept of “one question” – it gives the question and answer far more resonance. Another example where “less is more”; I’ll keep it in mind!

  • Milan Kramolis

    It seems appropriate for me in my stage of life to hear from people who are “the leading” voices of my time, because I can learn most from them now.

    I listen regularly to Ken on Catalyst Podcast and I really like him and his views so the book seems like great stuff to read.

  • Jim Watson

    What appeals most to me about the book “One Question” is the simplicity.
    The book offers wisdom on simple terms – through the answer to a single question.
    The simplicity factor makes wisdom more accessible to more people.

  • Stephen E. Garner

    I love this statement, “fear can protect us from danger—but it can also keep us from life’s great adventures.” Facing our fears is a key to understanding who God made us to be. Many people wander through life because of their unwillingness to face the fears before them with courage.

  • tony

    I welcome any book by someone who knows a good deal about overcoming and facing fears! As a father, husband, blogger, and teacher there are plenty of things I could fear–and some things I do fear. I think Ken’s story about his son is a great analogy to life: when we face our fears, the experiences that follow can be rich and full of joy. My children and I LOVE Kali River Rapids at Disneyworld, too!

  • Chris Burton

    I love to learn wisdom from people “who have been there”, who have faced difficulties and either failed and learned, or else overcame those difficulties. That is why the book “One Question” appeals to me! It is also why I love to read history. So many of those we remember as great failed often, and they had to overcome fear and persevere before they found success.

  • Aniekan Joshua Whyte

    The interesting thing about ‘Fear’ is that it’s nothing to do with reasoning but as The Bible calls it… It’s a spirit. And recently Diana and I have been enlightened to this truth and Gods Spirit has been revealing areas fear had creeped in and He also has been dealing with us on how to keep fear out of our lives.

    When any thought comes to our minds of anything that’s different from what we see in Him, we simply reject it and replace it with what God has said – I mean we’ll be saying sometimes loud “I refuse to fear”.

    Thoughts of how will you do this and that will not happen as planned etc, and our first response is I refuse to fear. The Spirit of God has also been showing us how to cast our cares on Him and leave it there. S when a thought about the issue or thing comes up, we resist it first, replace it with what God has said and redirect the thought to Him Who now has the cares

    Fear comes to steal, kill and destroy – resist it and replace it with what God has said about you or the situation and be persistent

  • Tim Hart

    I love the broad spectrum of leaders that he’s interviewing.

  • Heather C Button

    I need to remember that. My husband keeps saying, you’re not doing it right unless you’re afraid. This sounds true.
    A short story of my brother, who used to come into my parents bedroom nightly, saying there was a monster under his bed. One night my mom asked him, “what does the monster sound like?” He replied. “Hrrrrr, Hrrrr, Hrrrr.” My mom said. “Next time you hear the monster, see if it’s Smokey the cat on your bed.” The next night, he stayed in bed. My mom is still proud of him for facing his fear.

  • Robinson Marang’a

    Fear is the hallmark of procrastination and a giant we daily.
    I am a mid-level manager tasked with making decisions affecting the entire organization.
    Often, I delay decisions and even resort to propaganda as a way of garnering employee opinion on an expected decision. Too often I panic when solving abrupt problems afraid that the decision might be wrong or portray me as incompetent to the superiors.
    I believe Coleman’s work provides me with the necessary skills to face this giant

  • Tacicia Bryan

    I really enjoyed this post. Although we can laugh at a child’s fear, sometimes we fall into the same trap. I think this book would be very helpful to me. Thank you for the offer. Wow. The book really covers a good range of successful people.

  • Vicki Cato

    The title sounds intriguing. I would like to read the book. The post about fear relates to me and writing. I am unpublished

  • Phil Poma

    When I turned 40 a lot of unexpected worries started to surface. Broad life-related questions like, am I on the right path or am I the person I really want to be? Being able to read and learn from others has been a tremendous help in sorting these questions out. I hope in reading Ken’s book I can gain more wisdom and insight to apply in my life.

  • Tom Cadwallader

    There is a larger lesson here. All emotions are pathways to growth. Everytime we feel love, joy, surprise, anger, sadness and fear, we should wake up and ask what is going on, what can we learn? Then walk into the emotion. We will also remember the lesson or “story” better when we feel it as well as know it.

  • Thomas Smith

    Having been a pastor of the same church for over 30 years, it is important to me to remain fresh and benefit from the insight and experience of others. This book sounds like it would offer that. Having dealt with the perpetual enemy of fear, both personally, as well as an adversary that hinders the potential of others, I think this chapter and others would prove profitable.

  • Emma K

    I love his illustration of how his son overcame fear. It reminds me that I need to face my fears. If the rest of Ken Coleman’s book is as good as this part I will definitely need to get it. As a young leader, I am trying to learn everything I can to make me a better leader.

  • samiesof

    It simply cuts to the chase and reveals the one fear most of us live with, the never considered fear…are we living on earth and making an impact or just simply passing through.

  • Ricky Sant

    What appeals to me about this book is the various strategies that are used to confront fear. I am currently facing some fearful situations in my life right now and I would like a copy so I can learn to step into the fear, not back away from it. I don’t want fear to get the best of me or my family.

  • Lynn Maupin

    Being an intentional leader is my passion. It is also something we have to learn, we are not born with the answers. In order for us to develop ourselves as Godly leaders and then pay it forward by being mentors for other intentional leaders, we need books like “One Question” to help us develop. I would love the opportunity to add this book to my collection of christian leadership books I have already read and applied. Being able to talk about fear in a Godly manner would be a great leadership tool to add to the toolbox.

  • Gina Quarles

    Fear lies within all of us. It is part of the human experience. I love reading how others diminish this very real feeling. After my near death auto accident last January and to date still recovering. I faced more fear as I fought like a warrior for my life and children. Being rendered helpless in a halo with a broken neck and leg, I had to face many fears and still do to this date. I find when we look them in the face and see the fear for what it really is, and we pull every ounce of strength from within to take that scary step we heal. I faced my fear. I had to. My recovery is short of a miracle.The only thing I could do was go to my gift of writing. I am editing a manuscript and will soon be publish. By sharing my most intimate fears in the form of the written word, my goal is to show others how strong and brave we really can be when we have a purpose. I feel GOD spared me to use me as an example and to bring hope, encouragement, and inspiration to others. I created a website for this person and if it helps one person, I have done my job. Daily I must pray for endurance, and discipline to not let myself get caught up in fear. That fear being my future. my new identity, some PTSD, and a pressing on if you will. I seek books to gain wisdom and others insights of how they have conquered fear. I feel we are all in this together and admire others who are able to share their private thoughts and or experiences.

  • Mary Catherine George

    Love the discussion of fear – I think it is interesting that once we frame fear by the presence of seeing how someone else either steps into the circumstance which frightens us or by recognizing I am afraid and do it anyway. I perform improvisation – not just any improvisation but I am an opera singer who makes up songs and duets and whole operas all improvised. I had always done this as part of a group and made the decision to perform a solo show. I normally am at ease jumping into my fear when I perform with a group but alone – it was all me – sink or swim – no script – no plan – just me an audience and audience suggestions. I even started my show late I was so frightened I wouldn’t have any ideas or that the audience suggestions would stump me and so and so on.. Fear can have a strong voice inside my adult head. Once I stepped on to the stage – BOOM – the fear dissolved and the FUN began. That has always been the key for me – just take one step in the direction of my fear. and I know I will be surprised. I have to encourage myself every time with this saying – Thank you again for sharing – Mary Catherine – would love a book!! Love this blog

  • Jim Nasipak

    This was an excellent piece about fear. Fear can be that item that causes a person the become immobile in what they are trying to accomplish. To fulfill a dream or vision, to realize growth or to live a life they want to live. I find myself gripped by fear each day I look to start a new venture. I am trying to work through the fear that draws me into a state of doing nothing to a state of starting. The fear of rejection and failure is difficult to overcome but can lead to great ideas never being realized. This book would be a great resource as I battle through my fear.

  • Jon Stolpe

    I’m a big fan of Ken and Brad Lomenick, and I’m a regular listener to The Catalyst Podcast and The Ken Coleman Show Podcast. I’d love to read Ken’s new book!

  • Will Laohoo

    I think fear can really keep us from the best opportunities God puts in front of us if we allow it. There are many different fears that people struggle with, and succumbing to that fear can keep us from really making a difference.

    One fear that I personally struggle with is the fear of rejection. This fear is most prevalent when it comes to sharing my faith in Christ with others. Because I’m afraid to alienate my friends and possibly be rejected by them, I shy away from what might possibly be the most important conversation I could have with them.

    Of course, there are also all the other natural fears that you mentioned, such as the fear of not having enough and fear of what the future might bring. I’ve come to realize that it’s a fear that may always be there that I just need to learn to work with.

    I would love to get a copy of this book to see what other people have done in their attempts to defeat the power of fear in their lives.

  • Barry Gray

    Really inspired by your piece on Fear and basically I’m at a crossroads. Call it mid-life or needing to re invent the wheel so to speak . After losing sight in one eye and having a couple of hip replacements after one got infected, old doubts and fears have resurfaced but my faith in Christ is my fortress against it and you can’t beat personal testimonies re life experience. Would love a copy if possible.God Bless Barry.

  • C. Crook

    I love Ken’s blog and am really interested in what he feels are the best and most inspiring answers.

  • Tom Mabie

    I’m intrigued! As I begin to launch into a new career of coaching, or a more refined focus following 30 years in ministry, I passionately desire to be a student of great questions. I believe that a great question unlocks insight into the heart and desire of another, giving them greater perspective. I would like a copy of this book because I would like to find out what questions Ken has come up with as he’s interviews these “leading voices” of today that result in life changing answers.

  • Katrina Holden Wilson

    When you only have the opportunity to ask one question – it is usually the one you need the answer to the most. This book presents a welcome opportunity to hear from leaders you respect and appreciate

  • Bosede Santos

    I’m in a season of my life where I’m determined to move forward despite my fears. Like Joyce Meyer puts it, I’m choosing to ‘do it afraid’. As long as one is alive, fear will attempt to dig its claws in and wind its tentacles around one, hindering destiny; that’s all it seeks to do. One must continue to stand strong as an Overcomer and push forward and press in. One owes oneself that, it’s the least one could do! Regrets of what could have been must be avoided, like you suggested, dig in the heels, grit the teeth and slam its back down. Fear is not bigger than God who is greater in us, with Him on our side, fear becomes irrelevant and surmountable. Every available tool/weapon, must be used in the offensive.

  • Joe Hentges

    One question, one answer…can cause the person to dig deep and be very insightful, open and honest. Reading the numerous responses from Ken’s interviews could help you change your life. It may be one simple answer that changes everything. I would like a copy of the book because I sounds like it could be truly inspirational.

  • Geales Goodwin

    This book appeals to me because I about to change careers and a HUGE thing that I know will hinder me is fear. I’d like to be able to take the leap of faith to change careers fearlessly to accomplish great things!

  • Matthew Trinetti

    Great story, thanks for sharing!

    The funny thing about fear, which I only recently learned, is that facing fear isn’t about removing the fear — it’s always seems to be there. It’s more about being able to act in spite of that fear — to deliberately look it in the face and choose to defy it.

    Fear was constantly rearing it’s ugly head while I was solo traveling for 7 months around Europe, in too many ways to list here. But I found one of the best ways to confront fear is to treat it like a game. Several months ago, I challenged readers on my blog to engage in “comfort challenges.” It’s endearing and touching to see how people actually went through with them. Anyone who wants to check it can read about the challenges here:

    • Matthew Trinetti

      Oh, and to answer the question: I think the concept of the book is great… simple but potentially very effective in its simplicity. I would love a copy of book because I would like to do a similar project, although using video vs. text/book. This will give me some ideas for questions, people, and themes.

  • Casey E. Palmer

    I’d like a copy of the book because I think we all need insights that’ll help us see our lives from a different perspective. I feel like this is the kind of book that’ll help with that.

  • Nathan Rust

    Fear is something I am constantly having to push through knowing that the end result will often be better than having run the other way! Not always successful but constantly progressing. Great post as always!

    • Jim Martin

      Good for you, Nathan, in continuing to push through your fear.

  • Mike McGinnis

    I started a project called one sentence, one word, where people would write down what they’d say to the entire world if they were on a platform in front of all 7+ billion and what one word they’d choose to define themselves. That project isn’t complete, but Ken’s is. I’d like a copy of this book because it’s my project (and my) mentor.

  • Patti

    I have been a vivtim of fear for a long time…..and recently decided, I am breaking FREE of FEAR! Wasted so much time….This book couldn’t come in a better time when I intend to make my life the best NOW!

  • Byron Sasha Jones

    It becomes more and more evident the more we learn from people like Ken and yourself Michael, that the enemy of fear is action. We simply need to ‘activate’ ourselves and our fear will go away. I would be most interested in reading Ken’s interviews with ‘activated’ human beings so that I too can, as we all do, follow the lead of those who’ve already forged the path. It is easier oftentimes to believe that you can do it when you know of someone else who has:-)

  • Denise Speer

    Just trying to improve…

  • Scott M

    deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure…” I try to remember this quote daily. Interview skills are critical to my job and I have learned over the years that you typically will get the answer you want ONLY if you ask the right question. I am always trying to develop my question-asking skills.

  • Betty

    just found your blog from a link in Xanadu’s newsletter about getting more control of your life by being more organized. Your blogpost about not letting fear paralyze your actions is coming at the right time since it is something I have to overcome and this book could only be another sign from the universe to further create good habits that will bring about a successful entrepreneur and leader.

    • Jim Martin

      Betty, so glad you read this post and that it connected with you the way it did. Sounds like wonderful timing.

  • TNeal

    In “Is This A Great Game or What?” Tim Kurkjian, who loves baseball, has a chapter on fear. He tells a story about sneaking over to 3rd base during a batting practice session for the thrill of fielding a Major League hit. As baseball bullets whizzed by him, he quickly crept back to the safety of the sidelines. He made the point that fear is a reality that all players face. Even the exceptional player doesn’t lack fear. But he overcomes it.

    • Jim Martin

      TNeal, thanks so much for sharing this great story. (Just looked at this book on Amazon!)

  • Adam

    Great post: what a awesome 1 question & reminder to continually jump into our fears. I’d like a copy of the book to hear more insights like this one.

  • Jim Martin

    I am reading this book right now. A really good book!

    I like his reminder about fear. Yes, fear can protect us from whatever might be dangerous. At the same time, it can keep us from experiencing some of life’s great adventures.

  • Josh Slaughter

    Would love to read this book and get the perspective from so many different great leaders.

  • Ava Oleson

    Reframing situations is one of the strategies I rely on to conquer fear. This requires mental flexibilty, a skill that can inspire a new perspective on a difficult situation. Most the time, obstacles can be a doorway to a new world of opportunities, and to strengthening our creative competencies. In the orientation I provide for our students who are starting their dissertation stage, I remind them to see their writing phase not as a huge mountain that paralyzes them with fear, but to frame it as an opportunity to give expression of their own voice – one sentence, one idea at a time! I remind them that Rick Warren’s book, “The Purpose Driven Church” was, in essence, his doctoral dissertation/project. I doubt when he started writing it, he realized the far reaching impact it would have. It’s all how you see it. That is reframing!

  • Chris Truett

    Awesome article. I am ever note clipping it for a great sermon illustration

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  • Chelsea Giles

    I have been afraid of failure my entire life! What intrigues me about this book is learning how other people have addressed issues and answered questions about tough situations in their life and how they’ve powered through! Thanks for the opportunity to get this book. :)

  • Ava Oleson

    When I think of what leaders need to ensure long term sustained impact – this book would be at the top of the list! What a gift this book is. Thank you, Ken, for taking on this writing project and the effort it took to complete it. I see a book like this as a work of art. I will definitely add it to my own personal library, and then I will make it a required reading for one of my classes I teach. Thank you so much!

  • Joseline Alosbaños

    I often had fears that I may not go up the next level (being a Manager). I’ve been there before and somewhat got burned.

    My boss told me that I am ready for the next level. She said just get rid of the fears. I said “how?” She said – don’t worry – you got the competence and if I feel I am not capable – just call her and she’ll guide me.

  • Michael Statom

    Great post. It is so true. It’s amazing how we can be gripped by irrational thoughts, even though we know the truth.

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