Hunting the Fear Bear

Written by Jim M. Allen

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"I saw a bear," she sniffled between tears and pointed downrepparttar path. "There's a bear down there."

Now, to teenage boys looking for adventure,repparttar 131336 thought of catching a bear was, well, almost unbearable. Without saying anything, I ran back torepparttar 131337 tent to look for anything even remotely useful to bear-catching. The best I could do was a fishing pole and an old Army blanket. I raced back to where Michelle and Shane were waiting. "Okay," I said, "show us where this bear is."

We walked, slowly but every so stoicly downrepparttar 131338 road to whererepparttar 131339 bear was waiting.

The narrow path curved and angled up. Shane and I stepped carefully, attuned to every sound. Just atrepparttar 131340 top ofrepparttar 131341 hill Michelle whispered, "THERE!" and pointed to a thicket of blackberry bushes.

Shane and I peered intorepparttar 131342 thicket. Something was in there, that's for sure, but we couldn't tell what. We were not, however, going to go through all of this without having *some* story to talk about so we quickly formulated a plan: Shane would takerepparttar 131343 fishing rod and I would takerepparttar 131344 blanket. We'd approach from two different sides ofrepparttar 131345 bear quickly, to surprise him, and I'd coverrepparttar 131346 bear withrepparttar 131347 blanket and Shane would beatrepparttar 131348 poor animal down.

It sounded good. And it worked. Yes, our little plan worked. We had captured our prey!

Unfortunately, our prey turned out to be a gnarled old tree stump that, we had to admit, looked like a small bear when viewed from justrepparttar 131349 right spot alongrepparttar 131350 path. Of course, we gave my poor sister endless grief for being afraid of a "little old stump."

We didn't catch a bear that day but we still took something from that adventure. We tookrepparttar 131351 lesson that much of what we fear doen't really exist, and if it does exist, it's probably worse in our imagination than in reality. We learned that instead of running scared just tackle your fears head-on and you can overcome them. And we still have a great bear-hunting story to tell.

Jim Allen is a professional life & business coach. For more ideas, subscribe to his free bi-weekly ezine, THE BIG IDEA, by sending a blank email to:

Stop Doing It All!

Written by Jim M. Allen

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Get inrepparttar habit of saying "no" to requests for your time more than you say "yes" and soon you'll have a lot more time to give.

If you can't say "no" then get as much time to work onrepparttar 131335 project as you possibly can (and give yourself plenty of time to get it done).


Many people tell me that they have "too many" ideas: they can't get anything done because they keep getting new ideas to work on.

The problem isn'trepparttar 131336 number of ideas, it's that they're trying to work on all of them atrepparttar 131337 same time. (See #2.)

You just can't do that, not if you want to get anything done. So, keep coming up with great ideas, but write them down and save them for later while you work on one idea/project at a time.


Whether it's work or a just a fun project, you improve your chances of success when you share some ofrepparttar 131338 workload with others.

Sorepparttar 131339 next time you find yourself trying to do it all, remember these few ideas and do a little less... You may just find that you actually get a lot more done inrepparttar 131340 process!

Jim Allen is a professional life & business coach. For more ideas, subscribe to his free bi-weekly ezine, THE BIG IDEA, by sending a blank email to:

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