[Official]: 30 Days of Facing Your Fears Challenge

 Jordan Lejuwaan (@jordan)8 years, 8 months ago

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

November 14, 2012 at 6:05 pm
Em (473) (@emily) 8 years, 8 months ago ago

@abcdefgiulia, Yes, welcome!!

Day 4: I inserted a straight urinary catheter into a one-legged woman’s bladder all by myself!

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Anonymous (251) (@) 8 years, 8 months ago ago

Day 10: With thanks to @ijesuschrist I had the sensation of leaving my body for the first time, just by being high/tired and listening to music. Mind. Blown. Will definitely be doing it again!

Day 11: Started the clear out I’ve been putting off forever.

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Peter T. (14) (@petertaggart) 8 years, 8 months ago ago

Day 3: Got high before school

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VernalSoul (598) (@vernalsoul) 8 years, 8 months ago ago

@abcdefgiulia, You’re English is way better than many people I know who it is their first language. ;D

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FindYourGreatness (345)C (@jpete011) 8 years, 8 months ago ago

@petertaggart, is that somewhat normal for you or have you actually been afraid of and wanted to try that?

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Llewdik Lirpa (37) (@llewdiklirpa) 8 years, 8 months ago ago

I love this.
Thanks for presenting this challenge. I’ve gained an incredible surge of confidence and am learning about myself and letting go.

Well… The other night I watched Bride of Chucky – WHICH Chucky, the doll, has been my biggest fear/actual phobia status, since I first saw it when I was 5. That thing chased me in my nightmares and dreams for twenty years of my life and was the focal point for years of humiliation and fear and pain brought on by my family. I was teased and threatened with a doll relentlessly. I would hyperventilate when I would see the face. This whole experience of panic attacks and what felt like paralysis stemming from this glimpse of irrational fear.
All I had were fragments of an image and a voice and for the majority of my lifetime that was the monster that was coming to get me. That was it… a crappy little doll. And a laughable movie filled with bad acting and what looks like expensive puppetry. I actually enjoyed myself and found myself teaming with those guys. THAT was it.
I laugh at myself and love myself like a cute little kid. Silly rabbit. That was fun.
Thanks.

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Llewdik Lirpa (37) (@llewdiklirpa) 8 years, 8 months ago ago

@jordan, Good job :)
I was having a difficult time with shyness… like I couldn’t talk… so I started practicing freely speaking (journaling) in front of a camera and it really helped bring me out of my shell.
This challenge is so fulfilling. Thank you.

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Peter T. (14) (@petertaggart) 8 years, 8 months ago ago

@jpete011, I’ve been afraid of it but I kind of wanted to try it

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Jordan Lejuwaan (23,445)A (@jordan) 8 years, 8 months ago ago

Day 19: Work and research for RaveNectar that I’ve been putting off

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CaptDugan (22) (@captdugan) 8 years, 8 months ago ago

Day 3 (yesterday): Got away from my normal social scene, went out with a buddy of mine and shamelessly hit on girls. Hadn’t done this in a while.

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FindYourGreatness (345)C (@jpete011) 8 years, 8 months ago ago

-Did my first ever Skype interview for my website. Coming out soon, stay tuned.

-Hired a freelancer for the first time

-asked some ‘mentors’ for some feedback

-emailed a bunch of inspiring people I look up to to try to get in contact with

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Peter T. (14) (@petertaggart) 8 years, 8 months ago ago

Day 4: started working out

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CaptDugan (22) (@captdugan) 8 years, 8 months ago ago

Day 4: Been neglecting a certain group of friends and drifting away so i went by their house to catch up.

Day 5: knocked out some work I’ve been putting off.

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Peter T. (14) (@petertaggart) 8 years, 8 months ago ago

Day 5: started intermittent fasting 30-day challenge

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Jordan Lejuwaan (23,445)A (@jordan) 8 years, 8 months ago ago

Day 21: Started a routine of speaking my dreams out loud each morning

I had tried journaling before but writing it all down was a chore. It’s only been two days and my dream recall has already shot through the roof!

Day 22: Caught up on a TON of emails/messages from strangers that I had been putting off

Not a very exciting day, but progress nonetheless

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Eric (1,819)M (@blankey) 8 years, 8 months ago ago

Day 4: Spoke out in my sociology class about the monetary system and how that inherently creates individualism in our society.

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Anonymous (251) (@) 8 years, 8 months ago ago

Day 12: bought some craft supplies for projects I’ve been meaning to do forever.

Day 13: didn’t do anything in particular. Still carrying on with the de-cluttering, meditation and yoga though. Starting to see some habits forming :)

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Peter T. (14) (@petertaggart) 8 years, 8 months ago ago

Day 6: shamelessly hit on girls (something I’ve been afraid to do)

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Jordan Lejuwaan (23,445)A (@jordan) 8 years, 8 months ago ago

Day 23: Committed to a daily attempt at achieving a trance state for a minimum of one hour

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FindYourGreatness (345)C (@jpete011) 8 years, 8 months ago ago

Just got into the Joe Rogan comedy show after showing up w/out a ticket!
Now the test is to see if I can get a pic with him afterwards

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Anonymous (251) (@) 8 years, 8 months ago ago

Day 14: went clubbing and didn’t drink. Just danced. It was ace.

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Peter T. (14) (@petertaggart) 8 years, 8 months ago ago

Day 7: Started a weight-loss thing I read about in Ferriss’s Four-Hour-Body
Day 8: Attempted meditation

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FindYourGreatness (345)C (@jpete011) 8 years, 8 months ago ago

@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

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Jordan Lejuwaan (23,445)A (@jordan) 8 years, 8 months ago ago

Day 23: Putting together HE Weekly Newsletter (been a long time coming…)

Day 24: Going Polyphasic again w/ the Everyman cycle

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Anonymous (251) (@) 8 years, 8 months ago ago

I have failed a little at this the past few days. Need to commit to doing something tomorrow.

@jpete011, Yeah it was great. The worst thing was seeing people get so aggressive when I had a clear head. It kind of bummed me out.

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