(4) Reid Peterson: Friending Fear

Reid with the most amazing woman 2014Fear is arguably the thing that holds us back from living life in the way that we want to live. What do you do when fear consumes you?  Reid Peterson shares motivational words via his story of the time he was fired from his job, how it was the trigger for him to go into a downward spiral, and what he did (and is still doing) to transform his fear and get out.

Reid is the host of the Life Changing Stories podcast, an excellent husband, and the future Assistant Director of Public Programs at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Committed to personal development and the deeper meanings in life, Reid created the Life Changing Stories podcast to support others in taking steps necessary to create a better life.

Reid’s Story


Teachable Moments

  • Relationships have a big impact on the work you do.  Often, it’s less about what you do and more about who you do it with.
  • Getting too comfortable sometimes comes back to haunt you.  Being stretched (metaphorically) is healthy for it supports your growing and becoming something greater.
  • Too often, thoughts are limiting and the opposite of self-serving.  Working to be in better control of you own thoughts puts you in a position to make your life more enjoyable.

Pearls of Wisdom

  • It’s okay to feel down sometimes. There is good that comes as a result of that sadness, darkness, or even depression.
  • Exercise. Move your body. It changes your feeling state and helps you feel good about yourself.
  • Find the right fit. Keep learning more about who you are and the type of people who will support you as you grow.
  • Don’t do it alone. Find others who truly support you. There’s always someone who will show up in supporting you.

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Posted: July 16, 2014 By: Comment: 9


  1. reid,

    what a powerful story! thank you for sharing, i know this must have been difficult. i think your title is a great pearl of wisdom in itself. friending your fears is the best way to move forward and accepting new challenges so you can grow. i am so glad to be able to support you and have you support me too.


    1. Reid

      Neil, well said. “Friending your fears is the best way to move forward and accepting new challenges so you can grow.” I am also glad we can support one another.

  2. kim

    Thank you sooo much for your sharing. I saw the description of the podcast and knew I had to hear it. And everything you shared (especially about it seems that only in the darkest times do we truly let God into our lives, and also have the comfort in knowing that although my whole life I have “cursed” Him for taking my parents away at a young age ..and trust me I said some pretty terrible stuff.. and anytime something bad (or at least I thought at the time ) would happen to me I always thought God is punishing me. Well I am here to say that over the course of one year I have gone from a high paying job with benefits (12.5 years in government), living waayy beyond my means, taking people and things for granted to loosing that job whicch seemingly spiralled downward. As I had no choice but to walk away from my home (my childhood home) and pretty much all its contents of my stuff, my parents stuff. I filled a 10 ft truck with what I could and drove away. My mail is not forwarded, I have over 200,000 in creditors after me … my car is in repossession review. I pretty much am living “on the lamb” as no one has my location. Its only a matter of time before it all catches up with me..as I cant hide forever. I only hope I can bide myself enough time so I can file bankruptcy. I have in the first time in my life lived without credit cards…it has been 2 months of luving soly on cash. And that in and of itself is a wake-up call. To understand the true value of a dollar. It is way harder to part with the green than the easy swipe of plastic. I seriously could go on and on.. am I in the place I want to be ..no.but at the present moment I am where God wants me to be. And since I have made God the manager of my life and live relying on psalms 121..I can say yep their is a reason that God didn’t grant me the courage over the years when I had set out to end it all.. and I can say that had it not been for me completely losing everything that I would not have a relationship with God and be able to see and know that..”everything is going to be okay” (that is what my mom used to tell me and I frequently hear it whispered in my ear and feel the kiss upon my forehead) God Bless you and your family and thanks for sharing.
    ♡ Kimberly

    1. Reid

      Kimberly, thanks for your sharing! It sounds extremely challenging to live out the day to day realities of your situation. However, the beauty of it is is that you also sound like you’ve surrendered to what is. Sometimes that is our deepest Spiritual challenge. And once we surrender, we find ourselves serving our purpose (or in other words “doing what God has planned for us”). Blessings to you, stay in touch. I will hold the best of intentions for you. Things do work out. Believe that!

  3. Wow, what a story, Reid! My deepest sympathies for what you’ve gone through. I’m proud of you for the progress you’ve made, your willingness to accept help and move on. That in itself is impossible for many people. God is never powerless, and He owns the cattle on 1,000 hills. That’s one of my greatest challenges, letting Him manage my finances, not me {grin}. He doesn’t do it the way I’d like him to!! But I digress…! I was just given the book, Jesus Calling. It’s beautiful short daily messages written as tho from God. Have you read it? It’s a “must have,” IMHO. Thank you for your gut-wrenching honesty. I know stripping yourself bare for the world to see was not easy, but it will save somebody, I know…

    1. Reid

      Many thanks, Renae. I have not read Jesus Calling but it sounds like a great read.

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