We all feel fear. Yet we are often taught to ignore it, overcome it, push past it. But to what benefit? This is the essential question that guides Kristen Ulmer’s remarkable exploration of our most misunderstood emotion in The Art of Fear.

Once recognized as the best extreme skier in the world (an honor she held for twelve years), Ulmer knows fear well. In this conversation-changing book, she argues that fear is not here to cause us problems—and that in fact, the only true issue we face with fear is our misguided reaction to it (not the fear itself).

Rebuilding our relationship with fear from the ground up, Ulmer starts by exploring why we’ve come to view it as a negative. From here, she unpacks fear and shows it to be just one of 10,000 voices that make up our reality, here to help us come alive alongside joy, love, and gratitude. Introducing a mindfulness tool called “Shift,” Ulmer teaches readers how to experience fear in a more simple, authentic way, transforming our relationship with this emotion from that of a draining battle into one more in line with our true nature.

Influenced by Ulmer’s own complicated relationship with fear, over 15 years intently studying with a Zen Master and 15 years as a mindset facilitator, The Art of Fear will reconstruct the way we react to and experience fear—empowering us to easily and permanently address the underlying cause of our fear-based problems, and setting us on course to live a happier, more expansive future.

  • Sally Kempton

    The Art of Fear is an authentic, original, and deeply helpful guide for turning fear to your advantage. Drawing on a lifetime’s experience as a top-ranked extreme skier, Zen practitioner and sports coach, Kristen Ulmer offers us a manual for living with freedom and joy in the midst of all the competing voices that arise to derail us on the journey. This is a book that comes directly from a courageous heart, and should inspire you to live with the same radical courage!

    Sally Kempton
    Author of Meditation for the Love of It and Awakening Shakti
  • Michael Staenberg

    Read this book if you want to know the reason behind many of your struggles. It explains, simply, everything.

    Michael Staenberg
    Entrepreneur, The Staenberg Group
  • Dr. Andy Walsh

    Learning how to have an intimate relationship with fear is one of the best things you can do, and Kristen is masterful at teaching you how to do that.

    Dr. Andy Walsh
    Director of High Performance at Red Bull
  • Kate Maloney, PhD

    People have been avoiding or medicating away Fear and Anxiety for too long, and we need a more integrative approach. Finally, someone who is clear about this enormous and important subject, with great practical advice that is simply spot on. This book will turn the fear and anxiety world on their heads.

    Kate Maloney, PhD
    Conscious Living and Social Change Innovator
  • Christopher Sacca

    For years, I dangled my ski tips over the edge of cliffs. Kristen got me to actually jump. Whether on snow, in your career, or just life itself, no one owns fear better than Ulmer.

    Christopher Sacca
    Founder and Chairman, Lowercase Capital
  • David Ford

    I've worked with Kristen through her ski camps for several years. One thing I can guarantee is that whether you're a professional athlete, running a business or looking to live a more authentic life, Kristen will show you the path to championship performance.

    David Ford
    Hedge Fund Manager
  • Deb Rieman

    Who better than Kristen Ulmer to introduce us to our constant companion, Fear, and turn him from an enemy to a friend? But this book is about so much more as well - how to embrace every moment of life with open arms. Memorable!

    Deb Rieman
    Tech Entrepreneur
  • Bob Roll

    What to do about fear eluded me until I met Kristen. I now use her advice daily, especially when my life is intense and busy, to take the pit out of my stomach, do a better job at work and get much needed sleep. You are going to love this book.

    Bob Roll
    Former Pro Cyclist, Author, and TV Sports Commentator
  • Steven Kotler

    Everything you ever wanted to know about fear. Ulmer takes a radical approach to an age-old problem and delivers smart, exciting and extremely fresh ideas.

    Steven Kotler
    Best Selling Author of Stealing Fire and The Rise of Superman
  • Michael Finkel

    Beautifully blending practical, personal, and philosophical insights, Kristen Ulmer has expanded my mind and changed my life. Read “The Art of Fear” and you’ll always be scared again -- but only in the best possible way.

    Michael Finkel
    Best Selling Author of The Stranger In The Woods