Day #075: Surprise Yourself

You should encourage yourself to take some challenges, to step out of your comfort zones and tap into the courage you have hidden inside you. It is time to surprise yourself.

In doing so, you will learn that courage isn’t about being a hero or necessarily changing the world. It is about identifying that we are precious, we are important, that we have emotions and we have feelings and these both matter.

What this courage really is… is taking the step to identifying and acknowledging that we need to work on these things and it’s OK to ask for help.

Whether it be from the big man upstairs or a family member or a friend.

So I challenge you to take a moment today and identify where you are lacking.

Be vulnerable and have a chat with someone. It’s OK to ask for help!

Not sure how to challenge yourself? Try one of these beauties:

  • Call someone instead of texting them.
  • Wake up early and go for a run/jog/walk.
  • Volunteer for a work assignment you’re not totally sure you can do.
  • Take a class at the gym by yourself.
  • Ask for help when you need it.
  • Get lunch with a colleague you don’t know.
  • Be honest with someone close to you.
  • Get comfortable with your own silence.
  • Do something kind for someone you don’t know.
  • Apologize…
  • Make a to-do list for your future self.
  • Walk or bike to work instead of taking your usual route.
  • Make plans to meet your friends after work and catch up – even if you’ve been avoiding making plans for weeks.
  • Write down the things you want to change about yourself.
  • Let go of the anger, regret, tension and resentment that’s holding you back.

To be tested is good. The challenged life may be the best therapist. – Gail Sheehy