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Freeing Yourself from Anxiety: The 4-Step Plan to Overcome Worry and Create the Life You Want by Tamar Chansky

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Chapter 14

HOW TO THINK YOUR WAY OUT OF PROCRASTINATION, PERFECTIONISM, FAILURE, AND CRITICISM

Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.

—MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.

HOW YOU GROW: UNDERSTANDING THE PROCESSES THAT SUPPORT GROWTH AND EXPANSION

Want to start something new? No. Yes. Well, maybe later. Anxiety and negative thinking lurch out of the uncertainty that comes from attempting anything new, be it a new relationship, a term paper, starting a family, taking on the care of an aging parent, or even a first day at the gym. Doubts rush in. Will it work, what could go wrong, should I do it? Things don’t feel great yet. Wait, ride it out. Even with positive things we think, Why don’t I feel happy now? Why isn’t this ...

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