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Do Something You’re Afraid Of

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It’s Fabulous Friday where we celebrate ourselves or at least remember to.

When we’re afraid of doing something because of the possibility of failure, we don’t honor the incredible people that we are-capable of just about anything.

So today, I ask you to consider doing something you’re afraid of.  And diabetes will seem a little easier.  At least that’s what I have experienced this summer.

You know that movie with Jim Carrey where he says “yes” to everything and it changes his life?  Well, I kind of did that this summer.  I responded affirmative to everything that came up.  Did I overschedule myself a few times?  Yeah.  Did I freak out over some of what I was attempting?  Oh yeah.

But, it was so worth it.

Of course, I don’t mean trying something dangerous.  For me, it meant public speaking, doing more health coaching, participating in as many diabetes related projects as were offered to me even if they made me uncomfortable or seemed difficult.

Part of my fear was not having much downtime and having to multi-task.  But I learned I could mentally get myself to accomplish routines that would have killed my non-housewifey self a year ago.  I did treat myself to ice cream during times of panic, I’ll admit.  I did watch all 11 seasons of Frasier on Netflix (this was therapy because the incessant laughter the show gave me relaxed me and kept me sane-I swear!)  Yet, I realized by working almost every hour of every day that I had only been afraid of a little discomfort and no more.

Something I’ve also been doing that I’ve been afraid of is getting rid of a lot of my possessions.  The funny thing about that is the thought of doing it is what hurts.  Actually doing it feels totally liberating!

For the first time since I can remember, I’m looking forward to Fall and Winter.  This is a big deal for me because I struggle with cold weather and the emotional and traditional Holidays.  But, now I’m all sunshiny about it and I don’t recognize myself.

Doing something we’re afraid of sparks something really great in our minds.  It gives us a feeling of immense relief, “Oh, it wasn’t that bad!” and a major sense of accomplishment “OMG I did it!” and my favorite part, it gives us a feeling of wanting to push further and raise our personal bars to a new level.  Essentially, doing things that scare us help us dream big.  And if dreaming big turns into actionable steps…well, monumental joys await.

So I encourage you all to try something you’re afraid of.  Even if it seems insignificant.  If you’re afraid of it, it matters.  Try it.  It eases anxiety and paranoia that we people with diabetes tend to have extra amounts of.  And the confidence boost and feeling that anything is possible will lift your spirits.  And maybe you’ll get a renewed strength and motivation about your diabetes management.  I know I did.

What have you done lately that you’re afraid of?  Share in comments!

Tim Ferriss and The 4 Hour Body

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I don’t think I’ve ever said I’m a fan of anyone’s work…so here goes my first: I’m a HUGE fan of Timothy Ferriss’s work since his 4 Hour Work Week book came out several years ago.  He coined the phrase, “lifestyle design” and he has a lot of fun testing assumptions and finding out that a lot of what we’re lead to believe in our society just isn’t absolute truth-like that we must get a degree, be slaves to a job, and then retire when we’re old.  I’ve been inspired by a lot of what is in the book and would recommend it to anyone.  Tim just published The 4 Hour Body which I’m especially excited about.  He has made himself a human guinea pig for years and done something wonderful in the process: taken detailed notes about all of it.  This obsessive note taking along with connections to lots of intelligent people has produced some awesome and useful conclusions which he talks about in the book. 

It’s a book that is not to be taken as seriously as your doctor’s orders and yet I would encourage anyone to keep an open mind while reading, at the least-you’ll find him very amusing.  Since not everyone will buy the book…watch him here on The View as he explains his major discoveries featured in the book: (the first minute or two of the show is a bit explicit and not for children as he talks about sex and fertility, however the fertility info is pretty interesting as is the info about how a man can increase his testosterone levels.  Personally, I’m going to try the easy ice pack trick right away.  I’ll keep you posted! :)

 

By the way…was Barbara Walters in a bad mood or is it just me?

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