You might be surprised to hear that fear is a natural and necessary human emotion. It keeps you safe and stops you from taking unnecessary risks. But sometimes fear can get the upper hand and get in the way of achieving your goals. The good news is that you can learn to overcome your fears. It’s a skill that anyone can learn.  If your fears are holding you back, here are 6 of the best books to help you take back control.

  1. Daring Greatly

Brenè Brown is a world-renowned speaker and author. Her book Daring Greatly encourages readers to see explore their vulnerability and imperfection and recast them as strengths to be embraced.

Daring Greatly by Brenè Brown

  1. Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway

The premise of this book is to acknowledge that fear is inevitable. The only way forward is to look fear in the eye and keep going. Only by acting will your fear diminish. And over time your confidence and trust in your abilities will grow.

Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers

  1. The Big Leap


Gay Hendricks’ theory is that people have a kind of inner thermostat, which determines how much success, love, and creativity we allow ourselves. You reach a peak and then revert to a place of dissatisfaction and unhappiness. The key to continued happiness and success is to overcome your hidden fears and false beliefs.

The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks

  1. The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook

Bourne’s book is a practical self-help book with exercises and techniques to help you overcome fear. The book helps you to tackle negative self-talk, mindset and mistaken beliefs, as well as how to deal with panic attacks and specific fears like social anxiety and phobias.

The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook by Edmund J Bourne PhD

  1. The Confidence Gap

If self-doubt and fear of failure are holding you back from achieving your goals, The Confidence Gap can help you. Russ Harris draws on the techniques of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and mindfulness to encourage you to accept your fears and move on.

The Confidence Gap by Russ Harris

  1. Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting through the Storm

Thich Nhat Hanh is a world-renowned Buddhist monk, author, and teacher. His book advocates a mindful approach to overcoming fears by bringing them into awareness. You don’t have to be a Buddhist to benefit from the calm wisdom of this book.

Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm by Thich Nhat Hanh