When creating my list, I recognized that there were a few things I wanted to achieve that might invoke Fear and Anxiety. So I was thoughtful about how much I would push myself, making sure to balance out the list so that there were confidence builders along the way. Having friends and family in my corner also was a tremendous help. They played an integral role in the whole 30 before 30 process, but they were absolutely essential for these particular set of goals, especially when I was learning how to swim! And that definitely was the most daunting goal among these due to the scare I had as a kid. It was nice to form a new relationship with water, one of bliss and tranquility.
Interestingly enough, the thought of doing things by myself brought almost as much anxiety as being in the water once had. Being the first of my friends to arrive to an event- No WAY I'm going in there alone. If I wanted to see a movie, and no one else was free, I'd wait until the movie hit Redbox, instead of going to the movies solo. I pretty much avoided scenarios like these at all costs. Clearly, it was high time that I release myself from the notion that doing stuff alone would be uncomfortable or seem uncool. Taking advantage of a work trip in Florida, I enjoyed some "me time" at the beach. And I must say, I found it be quite zenful.
Performing at an open mic
Eating eggs over easy
Learning to swim
Going jet skiing
Enjoying being solo
All in all, I was stretched beyond my comfort zone and left feeling super accomplished. I did some things I had convinced myself would be terrible and they weren't. And I did some things I NEVER imagined I would do, or be able to do. And here I am on the other side. Empowered.
"The best things in life are on the other side of your maximum fear" - Will Smith.
What is something that has caused you Fear or Anxiety? What would it take for you to overcome/get to the other side.