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Hello <<First Name>>,

Have you let fear stop you from applying for a new job, making yourself vulnerable for a new relationship, traveling to a far off country?

You are not alone. 

But you don't have to let fear impede you from living the life you want.

One high-profile woman who was plagued by fear and waged a successful battle against it was First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. She talked about it at length in her book, "You Learn by Living: Eleven Keys for a More Fulfilling Life." 

"Painfully, step by step, I learned to stare down each of my fears, conquer it, attain the hard-earned courage to go on to the next," Eleanor wrote. "Only then was I really free."

Eleanor's tips for combating fear include doing that which you fear through self-discipline ("I do know that the discipline one imposes on oneself is the only sure bulwark one has against fear"), self-forgetting ("It's your attention to yourself that is so stultifying"), gratitude ("And I forgot to be afraid myself in my thankfulness"), maintaining an adventurous spirit ("A spirit of adventure and the desire for experience did more than anything to help me master my shyness") and trust in God ("If you can give [your children] a trust in God, they will have one sure way of meeting all the uncertainties of existence").

Eleanor's advice, "Do one thing every day that scares you," motivated entertainment blogger Noelle Hancock to tackle one fear every day for a year. She wrote about it in her book, "My Year With Eleanor: A Memoir."

How do you deal with fear? Please email me and let me know or share it on our Facebook page.

If you want to conquer your fears one by one, with a group of women doing the same, check out our Female Fear Fighters group (information below).

Here's to not letting fear keep you down.

Yours in service,

On Monday nights we are holding a group for Female Fear Fighters.

If you would like to reserve your spot in the group, please click HERE and you will be taken to the payment page for the upcoming session, Feb. 9.

What is the Female Fear Fighters (FFF) group about?

It is a group for women looking to face their fears and move past them by tackling them head-on through a multiple-week coaching course. FFF helps women bust through fears (from public speaking, to applying for a new job, to forming an intimate relationship) that are holding them back from living a life they love. FFF serves as an accountability group for its members.

The group meets every other week from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at 80 East 11th Street, Suite 517 (between University Place and Broadway). It is an open-ended group and costs $40 per session.

See what one current FFF member said about the group:

"Don't be held back any longer. I've taken Lauren's Female Fear Fighters series of workshops twice now, and it's helped me immeasurably. I can point to it in both instances as what has pushed me to the next level of action and willingness to do scary but extraordinary things. It's brilliant, and it's practical. 

In a safe, supportive environment, with like-minded, like-missioned women, Lauren's incisive exercises get straight to the core of what's holding us back. She then gives us various cognitive tools and processes to defang and reframe those unproductive thoughts, which in turn gives us the clarity and freedom to identify and commit to small but concrete, manageable actions to move past those (now not-quite-as-paralyzing) fears. 

Being accountable to (and more importantly, having the loving support of) my Female Fear Fighters group has enabled me to actually take action, follow through, and get moving on things I've always wanted to do but but off because of fear for way too long. It's simple, but somehow, with Lauren's incisiveness and guidance combined with the group's support, it's magic. I went from zero to near-hero (it's a process) in the areas of dating and pursuing my dream career in a surprisingly short amount of time due to Lauren's supportive, smart and pragmatic coaching in these workshops. I can't say enough about it. If you're ready and willing, Lauren and your fellow Female Fear Fighters will get you where you once only dreamed you could be, one manageable, doable action at a time. It's transformative. Thank you, Lauren!"

— Candice S., educator

Interested in the group? Click HERE to pay for the next session. Contact us to learn more, or check out our website at
Lauren Elkies Schram is a certified professional life and career coach with Connect the Dots Coaching. Lauren offers individual as well as custom group coaching to help people in transition achieve what they want in life. In addition, she specializes in life purpose coaching.
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