How I Overcame Fear.

Via David Romanelli
on Feb 21, 2013
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As a kid, I had a terrible case of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

I wrote a whole chapter about it in my book.

>> When walking, if I didn’t jump up and kick my feet to my butt two times, I feared someone would die.

>> When playing tennis, if I didn’t touch my racket to the court two times, twice before my first serve, I feared my eyeballs would fall out.

>> When going to sleep at night, if I don’t actually see my wallet before I climb in bed, I fear that I will fall victim to identify theft.

Supposedly, five million Americans suffer from OCD. But judging from my Facebook post last week asking people to share their OCD ticks and habits, it must be more like 50 million Americans.

The amount of people who chimed in on Facebook with their OCD habits was mindboggling.

From turning off the lights two times, to neurotically making sure our yoga mats line up with the lines on the floor, we all seem to have weirdly obsessive tendencies.

On a sidenote, if you look at the list of celebrities with OCD, you’d think it was a prerequisite for stardom.

I believe OCD is fear getting its tentacles deep into our brains. We are all scared of something.

Fear pushes us into a defensive mode of living.

There comes a time in our lives when we have to start playing some offense, playing to win this game of life, instead of playing not to lose.

Anais Nin said, “People living deeply have no fear.”

So this is a shout out to my inner demons—and yours!

If you have been playing a little too much defense lately, then let’s get a rally going!

Let’s live with so much love that we simply overpower our fear.

Next time your OCD habits rear their ugly head…dig deeper.

If you have the wherewithal to call its name (and that’s a big if), love will come hurtling over the mountain pass, tumbling down the river, running across the desert.

As the Tao Te Ching says, “When heaven wants to protect someone, does it send an army? No, it protects her with love.”

Watch this video for some inspiration to go on offense today:


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Ed: Brianna Bemel


About David Romanelli

David "Yeah Dave" Romanelli has played a major role in pioneering the modernization of wellness in the United States. He believes wellness and feeling good is so much more than fancy yoga poses, green juice, and tight-fitting clothes. Dave launched his career fusing ancient wellness practices with modern passions like exotic chocolate, fine wine, and gourmet food by creating Yoga + Chocolate, Yoga + Wine, and Yoga for Foodies.  His work has been featured in The Wall Street JournalFood + Wine, Newsweek and The New York Times; and his debut book, Yeah Dave's Guide to Livin' the Moment reached #1 on the Amazon Self-Help Bestseller List. Dave's new book launches in Fall 2014 from Skyhorse Publishing. Check out his new show Yeah Dave! brought to you by Scripps Network, the people behind The Food Network, Travel Channel, HGTV, and more.  He is a current contributor to Health Magazine, Yoga Journal, and various other publications. Discover more about his journey on


One Response to “How I Overcame Fear.”

  1. Manasi says:

    I love the simplicity and yet powerful messages within this post. Thank you for this. 🙂