Stop Avoiding Stuff
25 Microskills to Face Your Fears and Do It Anyway
by Matthew S Boone; Jennifer A. Gregg; Lisa Coyne
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Pub Date 03 Dec 2020 | Archive Date 01 Nov 2020
New Harbinger Publications, Inc., New Harbinger
To fear is to be human. But fear can also keep us stuck living lives that are stale, stagnant, or downright miserable. Stop Avoiding Stuff offers 25 "microskills" to help readers identify how their fears are holding them back. Drawing on proven-effective acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), readers will learn how to get comfortable with discomfort, do the very things that scare them, and use values-based action to live their very best lives.
Afraid? Do it anyway! The 25 microskills in this little book will help you stand up to your fears, so you can live the life you really want.To fear is to be human. But fear can also keep us stuck living lives that are stale, stagnant, or downright miserable. Fear leads us down paths that feel more safe, but that deep down we know are wrong for us. The good news is that you can stand up to your fears and change your life for the better. If you're ready to stop avoiding stuff and say yes to opportunity, the easy-to-implement strategies in this book will help you break the avoidance habits that have been keeping you in a rut.Drawing on evidence-based acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), this accessible guide offers 25 microskills to help you face your fears so you can live a truly courageous and meaningful life. With this book, you'll learn: ·Why you avoid stuff ·Tips to increase self-awareness in moments of fear ·Strategies for untangling from distressing thoughts ·How to hold the inevitable pain and discomfort of life lightly ·Ways to connect with your values and take action We are hardwired to avoid, control, and escape the stuff that makes us uncomfortable. But if you're ready to stop living scared, the tips and tools in this little book will help you pivot back to what really matters to you.
“By breaking down effective strategies into simple-to-digest, bite-size pieces, this is a book that will really help you take small steps toward a life that matters to you. The authors bring a wonderful combination of authenticity and expertise. It is clear they wouldn’t ask you to do anything that they themselves are not willing to do, and it’s great to know these ideas have a good scientific foundation behind them too.”
—Ben Sedley, PhD, clinical psychologist, and author of Stuff That Sucks
“If you’re like me and your attention span is shrinking, this is the perfect book for you. ‘Teeny Tiny Practices?’ ‘Microskills?’ Yes, please! Using helpful examples and relatable personal experiences, the authors provide the scaffolding to understand the ‘why’ behind each bite-size acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) practice. Stop Avoiding Stuff is easy to digest, practical, and really fun to read. If you want to live a mightier life, I highly recommend this book!”
—Jill A. Stoddard, PhD, author of Be Mighty
“Stop Avoiding Stuff is the perfect balance of skills, wisdom, authenticity, and humor. I fell in love with this book. I saw myself—all too well—in Jen, Lisa, and Matt’s personal examples. As I read this book, I saw subtle ways and areas where I avoid stuff, and found compassionate microskills to help move me closer toward a life guided by values rather than dictated by old fears.”
—Aisling Leonard-Curtin, CPsychol, PsSI, chartered psychologist with The Psychological Society of Ireland; peer-reviewed ACT trainer; and coauthor of the #1 best seller, The Power of Small
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