Today started like any other day. Except within a few minutes of waking that nagging voice in my head asked me again “why haven’t you jumped on the Facebook 30 day plank challenge”?
When the challenge started 7 days ago, I wasn’t in the right frame of mind. Well, I was actually boycotting Facebook for a while. Too much of one thing is not good. As the days ticked by my inner voice became stronger and louder. Why wasn’t I doing the challenge? I knew it would be good for me and my health. It would get me out of my comfort zone. I felt good about getting back online so a few days ago I decided I would do the challenge. Tossing my fears aside, I was ready to jump in.
I had everything set up to go. All I had to do was hit “Live”. Before I did that, I wanted to check my audio first. A few months ago I had recorded a periscope episode and didn’t realize my audio wasn’t working. I was a little embarrassed that I talked for a good 5 minutes with no sound, so I made a decision to stop broadcasting until I got a new phone. I missed going live at first but the days flew by and life got busy so I put purchasing a new phone on the back burner.
Occasionally I would wonder why my audio would work some of the time on my phone, which brings me to this point. Determined to find out why I started to think about the times the audio did work and quickly realized that the audio only worked when my phone camera was in the default mode, seeing objects in front of me. The times where I clicked the reverse camera is when I did not have any audio with my video. AHA!
Determination got me to where I was this morning. In front of a floor mirror with my camera in the default mode. I was nervous, I didn’t think I could a 20 second plank. I didn’t want to fail in front of anyone who was watching. I had to believe in myself, believing that I could do the plank and if I failed it didn’t matter. I was going to give it my all. And I did. It was tough and my legs started to shake towards the end of 20 seconds but I did it. I talked my way through it and it made me stronger physically and mentally.
The other thing that happened after my live broadcast was something I hadn’t expected. My determination to put myself out there, to show up and be accountable made me feel not only fulfilled but extremely motivated as well. Doing something for yourself, especially pushing yourself out of your comfort zone, can be empowering. If you take control and seize every opportunity on a daily basis, you will shape who you are through the power of your choices.
I challenge you to do something that will bring you out of your comfort zone. It doesn’t have to be a live broadcast. It can be something as little as saying hello to everyone you pass on the street. Just do something that will bring you joy and fulfillment. You will quickly see a change in your habits and your mood. Doing something every day is better than only doing that something every once in a while. So why not start today and make it a challenge to keep it going for 10, 20 or 30 days. Studies show that after 30 days of doing the same thing it becomes a habit. That goes for good and bad habits. Be determined to fill your life with what you love. Make it a habit, or a challenge!
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