[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 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 1: Started a mammoth art project I’ve been visualizing. It took a huge chunk of the day and made a dense mess, but it is well worth it. However that’s the easy stuff off the ole’ avoidance list. God help me conquer the things I don’t enjoy…
Immediately after reading this, I decided to text my girlfriend, exposing my vulnerability in the midst of a HORRIBLE power struggle we have got going on right now.
Something which I am a little scared of right about now.
But thanks Jordan, this is a great great great post of yours. They’re always very good.
Glad to see someone firmly pushing the boundaries. Inspirational
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!
Day 4 & 5: went out and took action in my sales, read the secret, and worked more on my goals. As for the fear part, I’m contacting my ex girlfriend who I hurt pretty bad in the break to see how she is doing 7 months later. She will either hate my guts or she will be cool and all will be amended. We shall see!
@jordan, You have only mentioned one out of the three requirements which you have done, what about the other two which you have mentioned? And under which category did these of yours fall into? I assume the ‘things you have never done before’.
I like the challenge though, but it will take me at least 30 days to think of 30 things I fear and which I can (realistically) do within 30 days. It will also take me at least 30 days to figure out 30 things that I have been putting off and which I can (realistically) do within 30 days. Doing 30 things you have never done before is quite vague to me. I can wear two different types of socks on one day, will that count as well? Not really a challenge in my opinion.
I think the biggest challenge is the 30 days of facing a different fear every day, and I am really curious about the types of fears everybody will come up with. I doubt I even have 30 things I am afraid of (I am not talking about things like ‘fighting a lion’ or whatever else absurd things one may come up with).
Day 6: picking back up after a few days of slacking
Took a night off from the normal crazy shenanigans to stay in an meditate/get centered. I miss how I felt when I was meditating and doing yoga several times a week.
Day 10: Went snowboarding in the mountains for the first time.
Day 11: Learned to carve on a snowboard.
I’m new to snowboarding. This trip to the mountains was only my 3rd time on a board and I have to say, at first, I was dreading it. I never used to like snowboarding, almost hated it in fact. The two times that I had went out last year were frustrating and difficult. Nothing but falling down and coming out sore, without any sense of accomplishment whatsoever. It honestly felt like it just wasn’t for me.
Stepping out of my comfort zone this year and going out to the mountains to try, at least one more time before giving up entirely, turned my viewpoint on the sport, and even some aspects of my life, right around. I can’t explain how incredible it felt to be up there. The fresh air, the way you would see the sun rising over the mountain top as you ride up a chairlift, the peace and quiet, it was beautiful.
The first day was definitely a bit frustrating, I will admit, but I just kept pushing, kept falling and kept getting right back up. By the time day two had hit I was already learning how to successfully carve on a board, something I’m told takes a lot of time and practice! But there I was, and I’ve never felt better.
Starting this challenge, I have to admit, the first nine days felt good, but never great. A lot of my first tasks were centered around breaking procrastination and getting things done that were piling up, but it wasn’t until I took on a challenge that forced me to step out of my comfort zone and go snowboarding on a mountain, even though I was dreading the experience initially, changed me. I see the value of this 30 day challenge in a whole new light. The happiness and fulfillment I was looking for was up there on that mountain, outside of my comfort zone, learning and experiencing something I probably never would have before.
If there’s one thing you can do during this challenge, I highly recommend doing something that doesn’t come natural, that does not feel comfortable in any way. Just go out it and do it, and you will understand what I am saying. It’s going to be hard and you’re not going to want to do it at first. If you have to, do what I did and find yourself someone, anyone who you can ask to keep you from turning back, to give you that push when you start to feel uncomfortable. Just do it. Live and learn from the experience to come.
After what I experienced up there, I can honestly say I will never forget how good that felt, flying down a run on my own for the first time, in control. I’m without a doubt, a snowboarder now. I will never give that up. I’m from western Canada, and I understand now why so many people here are in love with this sport. It’s so much more than that.
The greatest part about all of this is that the lessons I have learned from this experience are going to carry over into other aspects of my life where I feel like it’s time to step out of the comfort zone. That is perhaps the greatest reward of all. I’ve grown, and I owe it not only to those in my life who have supported and inspired me, but also this challenge as well. Thank you.
Ok.. I can do this. Today can be my Day 1: I tried a new 70 min. Moderate level yoga routine but didn’t complete it. I’ll keep trying each day for 30 days until I can do it. The instructor provides moderations for difficult tasks so theres no excuse. This will cover all bases. There are poses new to me. I fear that I might be too old to do this. I’ve been putting it off for a while by doing easy routines.