February is challenging this year

by Julie Frayn on February 16, 2012 in  Bric-a-brac

Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.

~Bernice Johnson Reagon

For some reason, this February has brought challenges. Not the usual ones like finding enough hours to write, figuring out what to get my daughter (who turned 20 last week!) for her birthday, or remembering to moisturize. No, these are two additional challenges. Challenges by choice. What was I thinking?

The first is called Fab Ab February. For each day of the month, do the stated number of sit ups, pushups and planks. I have no idea where this got started, but a friend put out the challenge on facebook and I figured, hey, I can do that! When I get to the last day and have to struggle through 100 sit ups, we’ll see if the enthusiasm survives. Some people are posting before and after pictures. I will spare everyone THAT trauma and keep the visual results (if I see any) between me and my mirror.

The second is a more serious challenge. The Leap Challenge. It is designed and facilitated by a lovely gentleman, Geoffrey Webb, whose blog is dedicated to helping others “lead on purpose.” The idea of this challenge is to do one task every day during the month of February to prepare to achieve one big dream. Sounds easy, right? Wrong!

The first task was to write down 50 dreams. That’s five oh, people. As in Hawaii Five-0. But no beach. And, sadly, no Alex O’Loughlin. In the following days you are led through tasks that refine your list, set it against a timeline, and then you choose one dream to follow through with this year.

Then Geoffrey asks you some very personal things. Why this goal? What boundaries do your principles impose? What holds you back? What lies about yourself do you believe? Answering these has resulted in some personal surprises and a couple of epiphanies. And we’re only half way through!

I thought my chosen dream was mostly a vanity pursuit. After some unrestrained word vomit, I discovered that pursuing and ultimately achieving this dream will contribute in a huge way to my fight against anxiety and shyness. It is also tied to how I approach motherhood – do what makes you happy, push your limits, and of course – follow your dreams. As I commented to Geoff, talk about a leap!

I am fired up and want to push ahead with my goal. I look forward Geoff’s daily blog post and challenge task. On February 29th, it’s time to leap. To start the journey towards realizing, achieving this goal. How exciting is that?

I had planned to let you all know what that specific goal is.  I figured if I share, it will motivate me externally, give me people beyond myself to answer to. Until I got Leap task #11 “Choose who to tell.” Geoff cites a study that shows “…telling other people your goal actually decreases the probability that you’ll achieve it.” Ratsemfratsem dagnabbit. I tend to want to blab all when something excites me. But I will keep it to myself. For now….

As I progress through the challenge, I’ll keep you all posted (blog posted of course).

It’s not too late to join in the challenge. Is there a dream you want to achieve?  Of course there is! 

I highly recommend you check out The Leap Challenge.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Sean P. Farley February 19, 2012 at 11:58 pm

Great, now I want to know what the goal is. That’s ok, I do understand. I used to do that with writing, telling everyone I want “to be a writer,” said in such a lofty way that it would suddenly make me important when, in fact, writing is one of the more difficult things out there to do. But we persevere nonetheless, right? :) I’m SURE your goal will be a success!


Julie February 20, 2012 at 8:04 am

Do you peel the tape on your gifts and peek at them before Christmas morning too? 😀

I hope it will be successful, but instead of relying on hope like I do for the big lotto win that never happens, this one I’m taking actual, tangible steps towards. Yay!

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