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The Ultimate Kitchen Hacks To Peel Almost Everything Effortlessly

The Ultimate Kitchen Hacks To Peel Almost Everything Effortlessly

To peel quickly is to save a few months of your life – and to quickly fill the hungry stomachs of the people you’re cooking for.

Peeling fruits, vegetables, and even meat (from their skin or scales, the case of fishes) takes a lot of skill, and a requirement if you’re looking to work in the culinary industry. To peel quickly is to prepare food with haste, and the less time you spend holding a knife, the less likely you are to hurt yourself. So, regardless if you’re a stay at home mom, an aspiring culinary master, or just someone looking to help out at Thanksgiving, here are some quick peeling hacks that will enable you to skin everything in less than a minute (or two):

Onions – it can make you cry

This spice is one of the most used in the world, and it is a regular in everyday cooking. Burgers, pizzas, salads and other home-cooked meals would be flavorless without it.

Regardless if you’re peeling a red, white or yellow onion, here’s a quick way to peel it WITHOUT having to cry:

1. Slicing Vertically

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    • First off, cut the onion vertically, and place the flat side of the halves on the chopping board.
    • Cut off the root and the unusable parts of the onion. Make sure not to cut off any good parts!
    • Peel the outer layer of each half with your hands.

    2. Heating it

    • Cut it vertically in half, and remove the unusable parts.
    • Stab it with a barbecue stick or a fork.
    • Preheat a teflon frying pan and hold the against the side of the frying pan.
    • Peel it with your hands (wait for it to cool off to bearable levels).

    Tips:

    • Wear swimming goggles if you’re slicing a large amount of onions. Doing so will prevent you from crying.
    • Refrigerate the onions before slicing them up, and do so when they’re still cold. This will slow down the release of the chemical responsible for making you cry.
    • Wrap your hands with plastic gloves to prevent them from smelling like onions.

    Garlic – good for the heart, hard to peel in the kitchen

    Like onions, garlic is one of the most widely used spice in the culinary field, which is why peeling it quickly is important: if you’re an aspiring cook or chef, you’re likely going to tackle garlic in every dish you make. Numerous studies have proven that it is good for the heart, but peeling can increase your blood pressure: other than peeling it the outer skin, you need to peel the cloves too. So, let’s cut to the chase and learn the best methods:

    The 20 Second Method

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      • Set the bulb against the counter, with the tip of the shoot facing up. Make sure the counter is firm and in good condition.
      • Strike the bulb with the heel of your palm – this will break off all of the bulbs easily.
      • Place the bulbs inside a metal or ceramic container. Close it tightly.
      • Shake the container like your life depended on it for 15 seconds.
      • Open the container and you’ll see fully or partially peeled cloves.

      This method is perfect if you’re peeling garlic en masse, like if you’re cooking for an army, for example.

      The Flat Knife Method

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        • After separating the cloves, put an unpeeled one on the surface of a chopping board. Hold a flat knife over it.
        • Quickly smash the surface of the knife with your palm. Don’t apply too much force: just do it swiftly and carefully.
        • Remove the rest of the peel by hand.

        Boiled eggs – peeling the hard shell

        Boiled eggs, regardless if they’re hard boiled or soft-boiled, are a mainstay in everyday cuisine. Rich in nutrients particularly protein, it is relatively simple and quick to make, compared to other egg-related dishes. However, peeling it can be quite a chore, especially if you’re in a rush. So, what is the quickest way to peel it?

        Blowing Method

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          • When the eggs are cool enough to handle, remove parts of the shell on the top and bottom of the egg.
          • Make sure the lower hole is larger than the one on top.
          • Blow the egg from the hole on the top, and the soft and edible interior will slide down effortlessly!

          Rather than putting salt, vinegar or baking soda on the water during the boiling process, just resort to this method. It takes less than 10 seconds: just make sure you’re the one eating the eggs though.

          Potato – peeling the thin, brown skin

          There are a ton of reasons why you would want to peel a potato quickly, though primary reasons are always for french fries and mashed potatoes. Although there’s a tutorial video which depicts a whole bag being peeled in under 60 seconds, handling a drill and a power hose at the same time can be dangerous, so there’s no way we’re going to recommend it.

          The hot and cold water method

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            • Use a knife to slice the potato skin lengthwise. Be sure not to cut the insides – only the skin.
            • Put it in a pot of boiling water for at least 10-20 seconds.
            • After which, use a ladle to transfer the potato into a put filled with COLD water.
            • Let it stay for at least 10 seconds.
            • Peel the potato/es using your hands with ease. You can easily peel a dozen of them within five minutes!

            Ginger – a fragrant, healthy but hard to peel spice

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              Peeling ginger can be frustrating, considering that it is bumpy and if you use a knife, you have the tendency to lose half of it if you’re not careful. Surprisingly, the best way to peel it is by using a spoon. Here’s a YouTube video showing how. Simple, right? No need to use a knife now!

              Tomatoes – peeling them for pasta, sauces or salads

                This fruit is a mainstay in almost every kitchen around the world. It may be stir fried, used as a sauce or even eaten raw, like in salads with lettuce and assorted vegetables. Although you may not need to peel it, some people don’t want their tomatoes with skins attached. Here’s how to peel it:

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                Hot and cold water method

                • After removing all of the inedible parts of the fruit, cut a shallow X on the bottom of it, or slice it thinly (be careful not to cut the red, juicy flesh).
                • Prepare a pot of boiling water and put the tomato inside it.
                • After 30 seconds or if you see signs of peeling, immediately remove the fruit from the scalding hot water via a ladle.
                • Prepare a pot of ice cold water and submerge the fruit for at least 30 seconds.
                • Remove the skin effortlessly. This hack applies to all types of tomatoes, from roma to cherry.

                Oranges – peeling them is irritatingly hard

                Arguably one of the most consumed fruit around the world, this citrus is filled with vitamin C and fiber: consuming one everyday – whether in raw or in juice form – will work wonders for your health in the long run. However, peeling it takes a lot of time, and it’s likely to put you in a fit of rage during the whole process. However, what if we told you that you’ve been peeling them wrong (especially if you’ve been doing so with your hands) in your whole life?

                The right method to peel oranges

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                  • First off, get a knife and form a groove in the center of the fruit. Be sure not to reach the fleshy and juicy insides.
                  • Insert thumb inside the groove and immediately remove the peel.
                  • Voila, a peeled orange.

                  Carrots – peeling them like a pro

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                    Unlike other vegetables, peeling a carrot is relatively easy – all you need is either a paring knife or a vegetable peeler. Getting the skin off is relatively easy, and anyone can peel it in less than two minutes. But did you know that there’s a quicker and easier way to peel them?

                    Doing it like a chef

                    • First off, get a double bladed vegetable peeler. Hold the carrot with the point side down on a 45 degree angle.
                    • Peel the carrot downward, starting from the middle.
                    • After you’ve reached the tip, rotate and start peeling upward.
                    • When you’ve reached the top, rotate and peel downward again.
                    • Repeat the last two steps and you’ll have a peeled carrot in less than 20 seconds.

                    Apples – peeling dozens in less than five minutes

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                      Although you should never peel apples due to its skin containing a ton of important nutrients, you need to do so if you’re making apple pie. If you’re running a restaurant or bakeshop and you need to peel a box of apples in half an hour, here’s a foolproof method:

                      The drill method

                      • First off, get a handheld, battery operated drill. Be sure that the drill tip is new, clean, disinfected, sterilized (if you’re going to go that far) and free of rust.
                      • Thrust the drill tip into the core of the apple. Insert it through the top.
                      • As soon as the apple is securely in place, turn on the drill.
                      • Hold a vegetable peeler against the hold you’ll see the skin get peeled off effortlessly.

                      By doing this, it takes three seconds to peel a single apple. However, be sure to have a large working surface since it can get a bit messy.

                      Grapes – skinning them effortlessly

                      There’s no shortcut to peeling grapes – you still have to skin them individually. However, removing the skin can be quite a chore, considering that parts of it may remain. Here’s how to avoid situations like these:

                      • Prepare a pot of boiling water. Put the grapes in a handheld strainer and submerge them in it.
                      • After four seconds. transfer the grapes into the pot containing ice water. Let them stay of 10 seconds.
                      • Peel the skin off with minimal effort.

                      Grapefruit – no need to use the serrated spoon

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                        Almost everybody would eat grapefruit the traditional way: via serrated spoon. However, this wastes 50% of the fruit, and is totally inefficient way of enjoying this sweet, orange like fruit.

                        • Cut slice the top and bottom parts of the grapefruit, enough to expose the flesh of the fruit.
                        • Start slicing off the peel, starting from the top and bottom. Carefully follow the curve of the fruit without sacrificing too much of the flesh.
                        • Enjoy the fleshy insides!

                        Lemons – life loves giving you this fruit

                        Whenever life gives you lemons, you make them useful and edible. This sweet/sour fruit can be used in a lot of ways: as a juice, a supplement to a drink (like in tea) and can be eaten raw as well. Section peeling it is very basic, but it can take you a bit of time to finish it. Anyway. here’s the quickest way to peel it:

                        The spiral peeling method

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                          • First off, cut both ends of the lemon (top and bottom) with a sharp chef’s knife.
                          • Hold the lemon with your less dominant hand. Get a paring knife and position it on the top end (the one you just cut).
                          • Cut the peel carefully in a spiral motion, from top to bottom. Don’t stop or cut off the spiraling peel until you’ve cut it all.

                          Instead of throwing the peel away, you can use it as a garnish, air freshener and even as a spice (lemon zest).

                          Pineapples – possibly the toughest fruit to peel

                          If you manage to peel a pineapple in less than a minute, then you’re obviously skilled with a knife – not everyone can do that. Although there’s this vendor who can peel and slice it in less than a minute (take notes and be amazed chefs). Be armed with an insanely sharp blade and do what he did.

                          Eggplants – quick tip

                          This fruit, though cooked as a vegetable, is pretty versatile and can be cooked in a lot of ways. This dark, purple fruit is consumed worldwide and can be found in almost any cuisine. Though you may elect to keep the skin intact, it is much softer (and tastier) if you remove the peel. Here’s a quick way to do so:

                          • First off, cut the cup and the stem with a sharp chef’s knife.
                          • Like how you peeled the carrot, hold the eggplant 45 degrees downward and start peeling. Use a vegetable peeler.

                          This method takes at least a minute – unless if you have really fast hands.

                          Mangoes – peeling it in under 10 seconds

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                            Possibly one of the tastiest fruits out there, mangoes may be quite a chore to peel, considering that the fleshy insides are as fragile as human eyeballs. That being said, all you need to peel it is a chopping board, a knife and an empty glass. This takes less than 10 seconds to perform:

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                            • First off, slice the mango into three. Put aside the seed in the middle (eat it later) and place the two fleshy thirds in front of you.
                            • Take the empty glass and thrust it into the bottom part of one of the fleshy thirds.
                            • Thrust it all the way into the top and voila, a peeled mango!

                            Keep in mind though, things can get pretty messy, so be sure to do this on top of a chopping board with paper towels at the ready.

                            Coconuts – bashing the shell

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                              Removing a coconut from its shell is arguably one of the most frustrating things a man can ever experience. You can grind the meat off, but this takes a lot of time and effort. Although this does not fit the legal definition of peeling, this deserves a special mention:

                              • Put the coconut on the freezer for 12 hours or overnight.
                              • After which, place it on a hard surface and use and get a hammer.
                              • Lightly smash the coconut in order to put cracks on the shell. Once the pieces fall off, you’ll notice that the meat does not stick to the shell.
                              • Remove the remnants of the shell and all you’ll have is the circular ball of coconut meat.

                              This process takes 30 seconds (12 hours and 30 seconds if you count the time in the freezer), and it’s much more productive and effortless than resorting to other methods. If you need to see a video showing it, here’s a link.

                              Avocado – removing the skin

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                                This fruit can be used to make shakes, consumed raw or as a dip. A single fruit contains a 14 grams of dietary fiber and ample amounts of protein, iron, and vitamins A and C. So, if you’re in a hurry to make guacamole, here’s a quick way to peel it:

                                • First off, cut the avocado LENGTHWISE, rather than cutting it around the width (or the equator). Do NOT slice it in half since it will be impossible to remove the seed.
                                • Be sure to avoid slicing the seed or pit off. Go around it and you will be able to separate both halves with your fingers.
                                • Give the pit a soft whack with the knife, twist it and pull it out. It should come out without effort.
                                • Grab a spoon and scoop out the flesh.

                                Cucumbers – peeling and seeding it

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                                  Although they may be eaten with seeds, its always best de-seed the cucumber before eating or cooking it. That being said, here’s the easiest and quickest method to do both at the same time:

                                  • Cut both ends of the cucumber (top and bottom).
                                  • Slice it in half lengthwise.
                                  • Remove the seeds with a spoon.
                                  • Use either a paring knife or a vegetable peeler to scrape off the skin. Be sure to point it away from you!

                                  Shrimp – peeling the shell off

                                  Seafood is a favorite in coastal areas and a mainstay in Cajun cuisine. Peeling shrimps can be bothersome, considering the degree of difficulty. It is best to remove the shell after it is cooked, considering that it makes it – and the dish – taste better with the shell intact. The fastest way to do so is via a two tined cooking fork. Here’s how:

                                  • First off, pull off the head or chop it off.
                                  • Get the two tined fork and put one of the tines directly on the vein.
                                  • Hold the shrimp in place and push it into the vein cavity.
                                  • Pull the shell via the shrimp’s rear. It will come off effortlessly.

                                  Salmon – skinning it

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                                    One of the major challenges of every sashimi and seafood chef is skinning a salmon, which is never an easy task unless if you’re Gordon Ramsey. It looks so simple, yet seasoned chefs have had a tough time slicing it. Although we don’t expect you to skin it like he did, here’s a step by step process:

                                    • After deboning the salmon, place the fillet with the skin under it on a chopping board. You may want to sprinkle salt on the tail to prevent it from slipping.
                                    • Hold the tail firmly. Cut between the flesh and the skin in the opposite direction from the tail end.
                                    • While holding the end, continue to cut until you’ve fully separated the flesh from the skin.

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                                    13 Tips to Face Your Fears, Grow with Them and Enjoy the Ride

                                    13 Tips to Face Your Fears, Grow with Them and Enjoy the Ride

                                    Fear. I spend my life talking about fear — fighting fears, fixing fears and understanding fears. And yet I doubt I get 10 calls a year from people saying “Mandie can you help me fix my fear?”

                                    Why is this so critically important to you?

                                    The realization for me is that fear is not the fundamental driving force in your life it’s what regardless of whether I’m talking to a doctor, a teacher, a CEO’s, a senior citizens or teenager – every single one of those conversations has a direct correlation with your world.

                                    Fear can range from the overwhelming desire to look away or stop in your tracks to literally fleeing your country and the life you knew. In this article, I will share you with 13 tips to face your fears and enjoy the ride.

                                    1. Know That Fear Is Real, but Can Be Overcome

                                    Right now around the world people are facing fear — real fear. Fear that I pray my children and I will never experience. Does that lessen my fears or your fears in your relativity safe 21st century life?

                                    When I look at the world we all live in, I find that fear like so many other emotions can mean so many different things to so many different people:

                                    • The child who has to be physically dragged to their first day of school.
                                    • The man facing the judge.
                                    • The woman with her hand poised over the buttons over her phone because she has to walk down a dark corridor late at night alone.
                                    • The man as the surgeon says “count backwards from 10 Mr Smith.”
                                    • The woman that’s told “We are sorry, we can’t help you.”
                                    • The man that faces the empty circle of a gun and prays for his very existence.

                                    These and a million more (Portrayed in every kind of movie, book or song you could imagine) are what make us human. We face fear and somehow move forward or are stopped in our tracks.

                                    Like the rabbit in the headlights of the car that veers off through the field away from the tyres of the car or stays still praying for salvation. Like someone will save them. Sound familiar?

                                    Fear is huge. Fear is everywhere and yet fear can be overcome, controlled and can even be a power for good.

                                    2. Accept Your Fear

                                    Firstly if you aren’t facing the barrel of the gun, atrocities that make the news or impeding death, that’s a good start. However it doesn’t mean your fear is any less real.

                                    We are quick to say “I can’t moan, my life is not as bad as X.” While in theory, that’s honorable your appreciation of Mr. or Mrs. X’s horrific life won’t change anything directly. So accept your fear is relative to you.

                                    And here’s what can be done.

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                                    3. Get Some Perspective

                                    I found myself asking anyone that would answer “what is your worst fear”. The answer that intrigued me the most came from my daughter (15 years old and she usually has a copy of Fight the Fear – my book – in her school bag so she can help someone else be as positive and confident as her. No matter what life throws up.)

                                    And her fear, surprised me — heights. I pointed out that we live in a sprawling bungalow (one storey) and the highest she goes is two storeys’ at school! She laughed but added, fear isn’t like that Mum. I know it’s not a real fear, but it’s like when you stand on a chair and feel unsafe.

                                    That girl will go far. Because she truly gets fear.

                                    We know something is scary and yet we still do it. Why? Because we have a perspective to the fear. When you lose perspective, it can feel too big, and too scary.

                                    So look around you to get some perspective on your fear:

                                    • Are you really at risk?
                                    • Will this kill you?
                                    • Which leads us on to..
                                    • If the worse was to happen what would it be?

                                    4. Hold a Hand

                                    As a coach, it is my job to holds someone’s metaphorical hand and help them face a fear.

                                    Like the child petrified of the thunder storm or the teen that can’t get back in a car again after failing their test, your job as a parent is to reassure, encourage, enable and motivate someone to face something that ideally they never would choose to again.

                                    We know many of our fears aren’t real. However, it is only when someone guides us with love, respect, lack of judgement and safety are we able to get through fear. And trust me, you can get through your fears. I’ve seen it so many times.

                                    Ask yourself:

                                    • If the worse were to happen, what would that be?
                                    • Could that really happen?
                                    • If the worse did happen, how would you recover?
                                    • If the worse were to happen, what would you need to do next?

                                    By seeing fear as not the end destination but part of being human, you can see through it’s wily evil ways and move forward.

                                    5. Know Whose Hand You Hold Either Physically or Emotionally

                                    This helps with fears for the rest of your life.

                                    Think of someone you can always rely on (and ideally you won’t just answer yourself because that adds a lot of pressure to your existence!) And you will find that you’ve already found a way to get through fear.

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                                    The beauty of this is that it means that fear becomes part of life not something to be feared and shied away from.

                                    It means you know you can turn to your friend, partner, colleague, parent, sibling and say “Right I need to deal with this, and I’m going to need you to help me.”

                                    For one moment, think about it from the other person’s view point. When we get to help other people we feel valued, loved, respected and lots of other positive emotions and we get a good dose of positive chemicals setting off in our bodies too.

                                    Your fear, and your determination to fight it, helped someone else too. Now that’s cool right?

                                    6. Understand That There Are Some Things Fear Will Never Touch

                                    I like to find role models in life — people who have faced heroism, history changing moments, war, atrocities, miracles, life saving inventions.

                                    Not everyone was looking for greatness, however they all found it. And one of my favourite books to date is written about Alistair Urquhart, the forgotten highlander. If this doesn’t get turned into a film in the future, then no man’s story is likely to.

                                    Alistair went through the most horrific experiences in the 2nd world war. If you think of one of the awful things that happened back then in our world, Alistair went through at least 3 of them! Asked afterwards how did you cope? He talked about how whatever they did to his body, no matter how they starved, tortured, threatened or mocked him, they couldn’t have his mind. In his mind he was free.

                                    Of all the people’s voices I’ve heard in my head over the years, this is one of those statements that reminds me anything is possible if you have faith and hope.

                                    Look for the things in life that fear can’t touch. They will create confidence and faith for the future, whatever you face. And they will give you a sense of why being you is awesome.

                                    Of all the billions of people on this planet, no one will have an answer identical to yours!

                                    7. Process Your Fears to Carry on with Life

                                    Being brave is not about sticking your chest out and smiling regardless of what hell you endure. It is about finding a way to emotionally process your fears to be able to keep going.

                                    I have a tool kit of things I can rely on – tools, strategies, techniques. They include people to hug or talk to, music. hobbies, walks on the beach and even my favourite food. It sounds mad but at the times where I have questioned “how will I get through this?” I’ve found immense joy in doing the most unlikely of thing that makes me smile.

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                                    It may be a short lived moment of happiness. However, it reminded that nothing stays the same and I can find away.

                                    One client told me that it was crazy when it felt like their world was falling around their ears to run a bath to the brim (you don’t waste water) get the best bath oils, light too many candles, lock the door and drink a glass of bubbly (champagne is only for special occasions.)

                                    Did that moment fix the disaster that my clients life felt? No, however it gave them a moment of calm and the brain is far quicker to find solutions, resolve and motivation to keep going when you do that.

                                    It may feel like madness to do something you love, however it can be a powerful way to help you find solutions to the fears you face in life.

                                    8. Assume the Worse

                                    If you read the statement from the client above. Notice how they assumed it was wrong to fill the bath up to the top? How bubbly is only for special occasions?

                                    Think how naughty they felt to be doing something that was not allowed?

                                    • Think about what age it may have made them feel?
                                    • Think about how they feel about champagne?
                                    • What special moments it’s been a part of in their lives?

                                    And you can see how the assumptions they made about their “right” to have these things was not healthy.

                                    When I drag the assumptions out of people’s words for them to see, they are often struck by how negative the words make them feel.

                                    Don’t assume your words aren’t impacting on you. You can go through fear and actually enjoy the ride when you take the time to understand how you are letting words get to you.

                                    9. Take a Fear That Feels Insurmountable Right Now.

                                    If you were to repeat it to me out loud, what would you say?

                                    Would you have blame on yourself in there? Would you assume others can do it and it’s just you? Would you feel small, unsuccessful, useless, unworthy?

                                    Usually, when you do this exercise, you are able to spot the untruths that run wild in your head convincing you that you are doomed. And rarely when we are faced with our assumptions is there is a lot of evidence to them.

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                                    10. You Are Not Defined by Your Fear

                                    One fear does not define your life – be mindful of that. It is likely to lead you to thinking of all the times you’ve succeeded and bring a moment of calm, confidence and faith back to you.

                                    11. Go with Fear

                                    When you learn to go with fear, you could find yourself actually having fun, no seriously – having fun.

                                    I have a few amazing clients I’m working with right now who would describe themselves as life long worriers, or pessimists. In the past that has served them well, enabling them to keep safe, steer clear of risks and even develop strategies in the event of disasters. However, now they find it’s becoming hard to break the cycle and they really want to because it’s holding them back.

                                    Notice how they’ve found their hidden fears and want to face them?

                                    One client said “I knew this was going to be tough, and I knew I couldn’t fight it alone and I knew you would be the one to help me.” Before I sat an incredibly successful, confident, capable business owner with a family and a social life to die for.

                                    However, I’ve learned that the most successful looking lives can hide things that impact on life, success, love, happiness and business.

                                    We didn’t start with the fear that they felt was holding them back, we broke the fear down, and found lots of little obstacles that had been deemed as “life” and “unchangeable” and “that’s just the way it is” by developing awareness to the little steps on the road to their obstacles to happiness and success they were able to tackle them in a different way.

                                    12. Discover Great Skills in Your Scary Moments

                                    And in that clients words “I came here to work with you to grow my company, and my own personal skills. I didn’t expect to get the children to be cleaning up after themselves and my partner being more attentive! It all feels a little magic.”

                                    The moral is that out of the scariest of moments, we can find great skills we didn’t know we had. Find better, healthier, happier ways to live and find ways to enjoy life more. (And have a bit of magic!)

                                    What a great place to be in ready for the next fear that thinks it’s going to get in the way of you, right?

                                    13. Own Your Fear

                                    Think back over these tips and come up with at least one example for each one. Write them down. Put them on your phone. Turn them into a piece of art. Turn them into a poem. Frame them. Go for a fast walk across the fields, beach, down town and repeat these things in your head to the sound of your feet on the ground.

                                    We rarely take the time to appreciate how far we have come, how much we can achieve or what we are capable of – by really owning the tips in this article you will have given your brain a big fat dose of “Damn right I can do this!” and the motivation and accountability to say “Let’s find a way” through any fear.

                                    You can’t help but feel good when you see that can you? And fear doesn’t stand a chance, does it?

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