Authenticity, Inspiration & Insights, Mindfulness, Motivational, Self-Development

Inspiration & Insights – “What Would You Do If You Weren’t Afraid?”

Spencer Johnson, M.D. Afraid Quote

“What would you do if you weren’t afraid?” – Spencer Johnson, M.D.

I love this quote from Dr. Spencer Johnson’s book, “Who Moved My Cheese?”—a thought-provoking, parable-style story that has helped millions deal with change in their lives.

It’s one of my favorite books, so I was beyond excited when I found out there was a “Who Moved My Cheese? for Teens” edition!

In fact, I planned an inaugural “Lanier Family Summer Book Club,” which seemed like the perfect vehicle to share the book with my family (a plan that was dashed by both my teens AND our schedule, unfortunately)! 😉

While we haven’t yet read the book as a family, I singled out one of the more insightful quotes from the book to share with them:


Spencer Johnson, M.D. Afraid Quote

It’s an excellent question, and we should ask it of ourselves often.

Dealing With Fear of Change

Dealing with change can be stressful. Without being fully aware of it, we can allow fear to linger in the background of our minds like static—pervasive and fixed.

Asking ourselves, “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?” helps us to acknowledge that fear may be playing a part in our decisions (or indecisions).

It prompts us to be mindful—gently forcing us to cut through any hesitancy or uncertainty we may be feeling.

Exploring the question, “What would you do if you weren’t afraid,” gives us the freedom to side-step those fears, by focusing on what we really want to achieve.

So, I’ll ask… What would YOU do if you weren’t afraid?

Enjoy your weekend!

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About drdayolanier

Hi. I’m Dayo Lanier (affectionately known as Dr. Dayo to the students I’ve worked with), and I’m a pediatrician, turned writer (of articles and songs). On Reserved Rebel, I lend my introverted, ADHD, multipotentialite, Coach’s wife, Christian mom, arts & science perspective (along with a background in medicine), to offer encouragement, insights, and information on a variety of topics, ranging from health & wellness, creativity & music, education, parenting and self-development. The Reserved Rebel Mission: Encouragement to honor your differences, embrace unconventionality, live authentically, and create a balanced life.
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