30-Day Challenge – If I Weren’t Afraid

In just two days, it will be January 1st, 2014. I’m proposing a challenge to help you open up to some new possibilities in your life. Check it out below.

January 2014: 30-Day Challenge

An exercise I am borrowing from Sonia Choquette, good vibe expert.

Every morning when you wake up, look in the bathroom mirror and say out loud, “If I weren’t afraid, I would (fill in the blank).” Repeat the phrase, “If I weren’t afraid . . . (fill in the blank)” over and over again for three minutes. Don’t think about it, just let the first thing that comes to you finish the sentence, “If I weren’t afraid, I’d . . . ”

For example (off the top of my head as I write this post):

If I weren’t afraid, I would hike the Pacific Coast trail.
If I weren’t afraid, I’d quit my job.
If I weren’t afraid, I’d visit Cuba.
If I weren’t afraid, I’d travel the world on a sailboat.

If I weren’t afraid, I’d ask for breakfast in bed.
If I weren’t afraid, I’d build a permaculture garden.

You get the picture. It doesn’t have to be huge, just fill in the blank with the first thing that pops into your head.

Do this first thing upon waking, before you look at emails or your phone. Do it when you wake up in the morning because you have to go to the bathroom. It’s best to do when you are in a semi-dreamy state, or before anyone else distracts your day. Three minutes, whatever comes to your head.

Now, pick one thing and do it. If they all seem too huge, break it down. Take the first thing from my list – If I weren’t afraid, I would hike the Pacific Coast trail. If you haven’t hiked in a while, then go for a walk around the block. Start building up to it. Research the trail. Get a hiking buddy. (I live in the desert, so chances are I couldn’t just fly off to Northern California and go . . . but I could prepare).

Or, If I weren’t afraid, I’d build a permaculture garden. So you rent, and you own no property. Get a flower pot and plant something. Start somewhere.

After 30 days, notice what has changed in your life.

“If I weren’t afraid . . . ”

Go!

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I’d love to hear how it goes. Feel free to comment.

Holly

self-portrait in NY light (c) Holly Troy 2013