Say YES…When Anxiety or Fear Tells You To Say NO.

Anxiety, Holding Me Back

As I have mentioned earlier, I have and still do struggle with anxiety. For me, I now see that some of it stems from insecurities and being too concerned with what others might think of me. Most of that starting in childhood with some not-so-nice people teasing me, playing mean tricks on or rejecting me. In hindsight I can now see it played a part in my being afraid to trust my own judgments or to trust others.

Over many years I have become much more comfortable in my own skin and have learned that I can trust myself more. It is one reason why I have a very…and I mean very…small circle of friends. I want to know you are trustworthy before I let you in.

But with that baggage and other unrecognized fears I now know, it has caused me to hold back a lot in my life. Say “NO” to participating in things I really could have enjoyed. Part of the purpose in my writing this blog, is for this to be a proactive way for me to purposefully, live fearlessly.

Making A Change

Lately, when I am asked to do something that would usually cause me trepidation, not because it is a bad or dangerous thing, but because of my stupid anxiety or fear, I remember this blog and my new goal to try to live life fearlessly. Doesn’t mean I don’t still feel the anxiety or fear…but this new awareness encourages me to go for it anyway. With or with out fear. I am sure you have heard the saying , “Courage is not the absence of fear, but is acting in spite of it.”

I hope that by saying YES to things that I would usually avoid or back away from simply because of my irrational fears, will be a trans-formative thing for me. I feel like it is already.  So I ask you to join me in this journey of saying YES to things that you would usually say NO to simply because of anxiety or fear.  Now, I am not talking about saying yes to everything. Nothing illegal, immoral, hurtful to yourself or others. I simply mean saying YES to things that you only say NO to because of anxiety or fear. Check out the verse below as inspiration and comfort in times of fear.

Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.


Think about some of the things you would usually say NO to but secretly you wish you could say YES and really enjoy it.  You can begin by simply sharing your feelings about something with others, if that is one area that you hold back. Try something new that you think might interest you. Whether you are anxious or fearful…try it anyway.  Live Fearlessly!


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5 thoughts on “Say YES…When Anxiety or Fear Tells You To Say NO.”

  1. I struggle daily with severe anxiety as well as acute bipolar depression. I have only just today stumbled upon your poignant and eloquently written blog. I feel I have found a kindred soul and must tell you that you have a new reader of your courageous “quest”. Please, please continue to share. 🤓
    On a side note; one of my favorite verses to read when I’m feeling wrongfully judged or rejected is Hebrews 12:1 Since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. ❤

  2. It is hard to overcome anxiety. I have had a hard time dealing with it most of my life, but I am learning to slowly but surely come out of my comfort zone. This is a great post!

  3. I love this post! Cheers to you for working through your anxiety and pushing to not allow it to control your life. I challenged myself, starting in my mid-twenties, to make major changes in my life and do all the things that I was only avoiding because of fear. It has led to some interesting twists and turns. All I can say is that I am a much happier person and I have fewer regrets about what I have done (or more importantly, not done) in the last decade than in the decade prior to that. Keep going. It gets easier!

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