[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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@jordan, nice photoshop
OT: I started my homework… yesterday. going to be a grueling 12 more hours today.
Yesterday I spoke my mind about politics. I don’t usually do this, despite my attitude on the internet. I tend to simply listen to people. But sometimes I want to say something – but fear the conflict that may ensue. I’m getting more confident in that regard.
Day 1 went on facebook, which I nearly always regret doing. Then I ended up connecting with a friend who moved away and had a conversation with quite a few interesting syncronicities.
I hope it’s not too late to start this, but to be fair I only discovered this today. I have been kind of heading towards this kind of thing for a while now. Long story short. Made a big mistake. Got into a bad relationship. Lost my self. Curled into a ball (which I have been in for 2 years now). Too scared to leave. So…I went skydiving last week! So much fun (I was terrified of going but so glad I did).
So anyway, day one started yesterday. Got over my social anxiety and went to my new workplace xmas party…and got too drunk.
Monday…I’m scared to go to work. That will be my mission. To turn up to work and take the teasing in good faith.
Today I made guacomole from scratch WITHOUT USING A RECIPE OF ANY KIND!!
it was very scary and i was worried about the outcome, but after some some chopped garlic salt pepper avocado jalapeno onion lime juice goodness, it turned out to be delicious
While I was doing the dishes, I got the idea to take out one of my old water pipes that I used to love and I gave it a thorough cleaning – it took some work, but now it looks like new.
I’m enjoying every day of this challenge
Day Three: Watch Alan Moore’s Latest Films and Started my Job Search:
@siantastic, that’s awesome. I’ve gone out a few nights now without drinking. It’s tough at first cause of all the peer pressure (and people get drinks just by habit every half hour or so!). But once I tried it, I realized how pointless alcohol really is. You don’t need it to have a good time, it’s just a programmed social habit
@phanci3 thank you for the kind words. I’m ok. Just going through something. I should have planned more social breaks instead of spending so many days alone with sad memories. I’m going to visit my niece and her kids today.
@brentman, Hey man, how’s it going so far?
I’m new here on the forum and I have to admit – I was pretty depressed couple of hours ago, when my sister reminded me of HE.
I had a lot of challenges since I moved to Paris three months ago for a student exchange program.. I had to do everything alone. Find my place, meet new people, do a lot of administration, take care of myself and apartment (never lived completely alone before). AND – I had to start speaking french, what was my biggest fear since I started to study it 3 years ago… I even went on a 5 day trip with a group of 9 french that I barely knew, just for challenge (which was great experience btw!). But I guess I just got used to my life here…I stopped feeling like my life is made of challenges, I stopped being excited about everything I see and everyone I meet.. and I just started to feel wrong… I started to be more demanding with people, what led me to my old i’m-too-sensitive-and-depressed-and-fucked-up self… but that’s a long story.
But I came here and realized – I can try to make them up, new challenges, every day. I don’t have to wait the life to bring them to me.. If this started to be my new ”comfort zone”, then I should just step out of it!
Sooo – I’m starting tomorrow. First challenge – Skype with Jordan.
(Skype used to be my 2nd biggest fear, also 3 months ago)
(but not anymore…if I talk to people I know)
(but I don’t know Jordan, so I’m really afraid. again)
P.S. sorry for my English, I never really learned it in school so…
Day 3: Cleaned my entire apt. along with laundry (give it a 2, was a HUGE mess)
so far I’ve posted something I was afraid to/insecure about, done something I’ve never done(died my hair), and now something I’ve been putting off
I’m thinking my next fear faced might involve my arachnophobia :)
Day 3: Started a 30 minute daily morning ritual. Committed to doing it every morning at least until the end of this challenge.
Here’s the video, which I found on this site: http://www.highexistence.com/videos/view/my-morning-ritual-how-to-be-productive-happy-healthy-everyday/
After taking up this challenge, there have been major changes in my behaviour and life. There is now a greater confidence about my abilities as well. I was postponing certain things and procrastinating a lot before. It has started vanishing. I am more proactive now.
Major changes which I have brought about in my regular schedule is that I have started to get up pretty early in the morning 5:00 am, doing Yoga, getting more focussed on work, staying off from the unwanted load of information. ( I have stopped being active on facebook. :-)) I am seeing a change from inside out. That’s all within 15 days of it. Thanks @jordan for starting this wonderful thread.
@jordan Datura, really? That’s not even a psychedelic — it’s a delerient. You’ll see shit that’s not there, have conversations that don’t actually exist. Is there a specific reason you want to try it? I’ve only read negative stories from people where they talked to imaginary people and ended up 3 days later in a hospital.
Maybe there’s some use that i’m not aware about and you can enlighten us? :)
Day 13: Comitting to a Raw Diet for 30 Days
I’ve been putting this experiment off for a while. People I respect swear by it, and I want to see what it does to my energy levels and mood.
@hstews, That’s totally worth that weak punishment! Congrats.
Day Three: Today was the day of facing something that made me uncomfortable and was about facing my fear. Even though I am 34 years old, I find it so hard to speak up to my father. So today I did not let him put me down and pick on me. Every comment he spoke I countered and refused to let him use me as his verbal and emotional punching bag. Even though it feels like I didn’t do much, it is a step in the right direction.
Day 11: Wrote script for my first YouTube video
I’ve known for a while that video is my next frontier for spreading HE-like material, and I’ve been putting it off because I hate being on video. By the end of this 30 day challenge, the first one will be done.