[Official]: 30 Days of Facing Your Fears Challenge

2 years, 3 months ago

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

November 14, 2012 at 6:05 pm

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Profile photo of Dena Dena (@beandip888) 2 years, 2 months ago ago

Day 12: more organizing and simplifying… Only one room left to sort out.

Day 13. I met Bob Doty many years ago. I admired him very much for the service he provided to the community. He led a team of prison inmates on work release to maintain the local cemetery, shoveled snow from the driveways of local elderly, took care of his wife until she died from Alzheimer’s. He did this all very consistently with deep conviction. When my life got rough he called me many times to wish me well. I liked to visit with him and felt some comfort in knowing that someone was wishing me well. Today I started my new years resolution early by volunteering within my community. Bob passed away a few months ago and I want to help fill his shoes in the community. I think he would like that idea.

Profile photo of Padraig Padraig (@padraigw) 2 years, 2 months ago ago

Day 1
Well figured that this would be a good way to start off my 2013 year. So here it goes, today I wrote two blog posts that I have been putting off for about a week now, and am trying to have a rubberband around my wrist at all times for the anti-negative challenge. Every time I have a negative thought, simply snap myself…nothing like a bit of Pavlov to start the year out right!

Profile photo of Peter T. Peter T. (@petertaggart) 2 years, 2 months ago ago

Day 1 (again)
starting over
also made my first possibly bad decision of 2013 (actually the same decision as the last possibly bad decision of 2012) both turned out rather well

Profile photo of Kat Kat (@kcv213) 2 years, 2 months ago ago

Started this yesterday with the new year. Have a few rolling goals such as sober and no sex for two weeks so my only “highs” will be coming from within. Should be interesting. Bought a plane ticket for an event in April and will signing up for a voice lesson. Also, started a blog to talk about the experiences. Jump head first into 2013!!!

Profile photo of Bungo Bungo (@bungo441) 2 years, 2 months ago ago

Well, last year i ended a 11yr relationship, stopped smoking after about 15 years of inhaling a packet a day (sometimes more) and added a exercise regime of sorts to my daily routine.

A friend asked me just before New Years what my resolutions were, I considered all I managed to accomplish last year and thought i’m gonna give myself a pat on the back and a bit of a break this year. I’m not going to worry about anything much except sustaining what I have managed to gain for myself and learning to love myself.

This year is going to be about as much fun as I can safely handle, and never saying no to a new experience (…….obviously within reason that is!!) – BRING IT ON

Profile photo of PhenixRoy PhenixRoy (@untiltheend) 2 years, 2 months ago ago

Mine aren’t crazy, but I’m glad I did them. :)
Day 1: Stood up out of the back window of a pickup truck my friend was driving (think Perks of Being a Wallflower) not scary but I normally wouldn’t have done it.
Day 2: I been meaning to re-read Lord of the Rings put have put it off. Finally did it.
Plan for tomorrow: I was nervous to read and try the next chapter/ example of my meditation book. The author made a note about how meditation may change your life and I never read past that. Going to get this done!

Profile photo of Eric Eric M (@blankey) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

I have a challenge for myself that I think some of you may enjoy doing too. I call this a challenge because with this busy, stressful, school filled, job filled life we all live, it is hard to do this. And it is winter! We all want to stay inside! So I say, screw that! :)

Read about it here!


Profile photo of Alex Mayle Alex Mayle C (@alexmayle) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

Damn man, those pictures are amazing. Where do you live!?

Profile photo of Eric Eric M (@blankey) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

@alexmayle, I live in Washington. Great state, love it here! And thank you for the kind words mate. My dream is to be paid for my photography to help me travel and such. Only started less than a month ago, so maybe I do have a future in it, who knows.

Profile photo of Dena Dena (@beandip888) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

Days 14 -26. Wow. What a difference. I simplified by clearing out 15 rooms in my house! Including every drawer and closet. I put it off for a long time because it was a monumental undertaking with emotional ties It’s done now. I’m fixing up or replacing trim and doors. Windows are scheduled to be replaced in 6 weeks. Then it goes up for sale. It’s time for me to move on and start over. I live in only one of the 15 rooms so needless to say. I am downsizing. I hope a young couple buys my house and has a wonderful family and life here. 30 days to launch a life restart. :)

Profile photo of robinrobison robinrobison (@robinrobison) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

I know the rules are to do just ONE thing a day. but i can’t help it. i’m ambitious. so here’s Day One (Today) ::
1.Give up FB/lazy TV for the whole challenge. I’m gonna be doing a lot, so I need my time!
2.Start building the foundation for a fitness/lifestyle website. Extremely stoked for this!
3.Check out Couchsurfing. I’ll be uprooted in March, so might as well be prepared to travel.
4.Fill my Ipod with audio learning + awesome music. Not a minute wasted!
5. Start an integrity challenge…no lies, not even white lies for 30 days. period.
6. Donate all the stuff I have waiting in my closet
7. Begin a Vlog! More on this tomorrow.

Profile photo of Dani Dani (@get2glastonbury) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

Pretty Pumped! Staring the Epic Challenge today! Let’s see what the day brings!? Adventure & love to all <3

Profile photo of Dani Dani (@get2glastonbury) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

Day one went fabulously! So glad I found this guidance! I already feel better after day one! I’m going to try my hardest to keep it up daily! Infinite love to all the beautiful people attempting to make each day better! <3

Profile photo of Dani Dani (@get2glastonbury) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

This is wonderful! Day two went great! I did something I have been fearing for years but knew I shouldn’t be! I already feel like a stronger more put together person! I just want to keep going! I did a few things I’ve been putting off for the longest time! Loving this and the good vibes I bring to myself! Circles of love to all the beautiful people sending good vibes off!

Profile photo of Dani Dani (@get2glastonbury) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

Day Three was purely blissful! Everyone should try this! Free the mind and spirit and open up to new lights! Sending abundance of love out to all the beautiful people giving beautiful vibes!

Profile photo of Dani Dani (@get2glastonbury) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

Day Four! Did a few things I’ve been putitng off for pretty much an entire semester! Felt good! Felt great actually! This whole challenge is truly mind blowing and I am bless and grateful I found it! To all those considering or particpating, Dont Give Up! Blissful wonders through the soul! Just imagine who I will be by the end! Cannot wait! Keep the good vibes flowing! <3 for all

Profile photo of brent brent (@brentman) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

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

Daily Practices
-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

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