”Do one thing every day that scares you‘ – Eleanor Roosevelt
So, we are into February now and so far, 2017 is going better than 2016 – to say I wasn’t sad to say goodbye to last year would be an understatement. The perfect opportunity to put everything behind me and move forward.
I didn’t make new year resolutions as such so there are no I failed already stories here, but I did decide to make a conscious effort to break out of my bubble. Mainly this involves doing things that make me anxious, pushing the limits of my comfort zone. Not always big things, some are small like making a phone call, asking a question or expressing an opinion. With each little accomplishment comes a sense of satisfaction, a sense of achievement, and a little bit of self-confidence.
This is what I have learnt so far:
– Eating frogs first thing in the morning is a good thing. No, not actual frogs, I am a vegetarian and the idea of consuming frogs for breakfast is stomach churning, but rather do the tasks you don’t want to do first. Putting off that phone call? Make it before breakfast and enjoy the rest of your day.
– Say yes straight away and deal with the anxiety later. If you have been invited to something and don’t want to go – say yes without giving it a second thought (assuming you are available of course). That way you haven’t gained a new frog – an invitation that needs a response – and once committed, it is probably easier to go than it is to contact someone and give an excuse as to why you can’t.
– It is a small world and strangers are more friendly than you think. Get chatting as you never know what help and advice you may get.
– YouTube is an amazing source of information and you are more capable than you realise. OK, yes I admit I am a bit slow on the uptake with this one. I have never been a big YouTube fan, but if you want something done but don’t know how to do it- ask YouTube and give it a go. You never know, you may end up with a beautifully decorated hallway.