[Official]: 30 Days of Facing Your Fears Challenge
Rules: Each day you must do one of the following (not all three) :
- Something you fear
- Something you’ve been putting off
- Something you’ve never done before
We’ll use this thread as a record for what you do each day. That will end up serving as a giant repository of options for other people looking for inspiration on what to do each day.
I started doing this 6 days ago and it’s been the most enlivening experiment I’ve ever tried.
Format: Day 1: Put out a call for HighExistence Interns
Of course feel free to share any thoughts about your experience that day
My last 7 days:
Day 1: Something illegal (that wasn’t the goal, I’m just not being specific haha)
Day 2: Interview on live radio
Day 3: 25C-NBOME (new and not well tested designer drug that allowed for insanely vivid past-life regression through eye gazing)
4) Pitched a guest post to TechCrunch.com (huge tech blog) about the futurism of 3-D printing
5) Finished that illegal activity
6) Datura (crazy psychedelic, do your research before touching this one)
7) Put out a request for HE interns
Fears could be anything: public speaking, being completely honest with someone about something, bungie jumping, having a vulnerable conversation, meditating for an exorbitant amount of time, forcing yourself to love people you’ve had trouble loving in the past, etc.
Thanks to @jpete011 for serendipitously posting about this
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Day 10: Sleeping outside in the woods. Alone.
My friend suggested this one and I was immediately not feeling it, which is why I had to do it. About to head out there now. If I never publish another post on HE, you know what happened to me :p
Day 8: Practiced speaking on camera
This may not sound scary to you, and it’s not necessarily ‘scary’ to me, but I dread it. I know I can reach more people with videos in addition to writing articles, so being good on camera is something I know I need to do. Today I made some really big strides :)
I skyped with Jordan yesterday on his day of service and he pretty much inspired me to start this today. http://www.highexistence.com/day-of-service/
I highly suggest signing up for a 30 min meeting with him–he’s got a lot of great advice to offer and is a seriously cool and enlightened dude! You’ll be glad you did.
For mine, I’m going to incorporate a number of daily practices in hopes of developing long-term, beneficial habits. I also brainstormed a list of things I can refer to in case I’m not spontaneous faced with a ‘fear’ that I can attack! Feel free to suggest anything you tried that turned out awesome or a positive habit you might’ve developed that I could include!
My 30 Days of Fear
January 20, 2013
-20 minutes of meditation
-60oz of water
-physical activity (break a sweat everyday)
-write 1,000 words
-work on my business (even just ideas for it)
-come up with 10 ideas (about anything)
-read at least 30 minutes
-wake up at least an hour earlier than I have to
-smile at everyone I see
I may add others, but trying to keep the list simple & short to make sure I actually stick to it
-visit a professor during office hours and just talk about something.
-give a presentation about something I really care about
-meet someone and find out more about them (beyond ‘how they’re doing’)
-cold e-mail someone I admire; ask for simple advice
-cold e-mail experts in social media management/marketing
-cold e-mail a popular blogger
-dedicate an entire afternoon to working on/improving my blog
-go for a run in below-zero weather (I live in Alaska)
-begin rubber-band snapping (Pavlov-like conditioning against negative thoughts)
-attempt to adjust to the everyman cycle (I’ve NEVER adjusted from my 6-8 hr ‘normal’ cycle)
-make a serious attempt at making a guest-post for another site/blog.
-meet via skype with someone successful on the internet that I admire
-begin working on an essay worth publishing
-sign up for an airlines credit card & begin planning a trip for April
-apply for various camps/programs to better myself
this is just what I have for now…will be thinking of others every day!
30 days from now I’ll be posting results, as well as insights on my blog.
Now excuse me it’s time to meditate then write 1,000 words
Day 3: Took a three hour drive north to visit an old friend. Part of my list contains spending time with people who are important in my life, but I can’t always find the time to see. Our time here is limited, making the most of it with good friends is well worth it.
Day 4: Started doing a daily photo challenge that will span for the next year. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. In a years time, I want to look back and see how much I’ve accomplished and have memories of time well spent.
Day 2: Told my sister that I had always been jealous of her and wished we have a better friendship
Day 3: Called in sick to work and soothed the soul with red wine, music and de-cluttering the house. Plus told a few people how I feel about them. Came clean to my boss re: my home situation.
I love this.
Thanks for presenting this challenge. I’ve gained an incredible surge of confidence and am learning about myself and letting go.
Well… The other night I watched Bride of Chucky – WHICH Chucky, the doll, has been my biggest fear/actual phobia status, since I first saw it when I was 5. That thing chased me in my nightmares and dreams for twenty years of my life and was the focal point for years of humiliation and fear and pain brought on by my family. I was teased and threatened with a doll relentlessly. I would hyperventilate when I would see the face. This whole experience of panic attacks and what felt like paralysis stemming from this glimpse of irrational fear.
All I had were fragments of an image and a voice and for the majority of my lifetime that was the monster that was coming to get me. That was it… a crappy little doll. And a laughable movie filled with bad acting and what looks like expensive puppetry. I actually enjoyed myself and found myself teaming with those guys. THAT was it.
I laugh at myself and love myself like a cute little kid. Silly rabbit. That was fun.
Day 19: in the early hours of this morning whilst attempting to astral project I had my very first epiphany experience. Things got crazy. I feel amazing, and I’m pretty sure lifes going to be a bit different now.
Still no cigarettes too. It’s kind of amazing what you can do when you decide it is so.
Day 8: Wrote a script for a 3 minute voice project I am planning on recording.
P.S. – Should be Day 9 today, but I took a day yesterday to visit my family. That was the only chance I had to see them this Christmas. Was well worth it!
Day 28: Day of Service
Sent direct emails to some people I look up to and would love to get in contact with.
I went to the gym but forgot my workout clothes. I went anyways and worked out in my work clothes, dress shoes and all.