Simple 7 Challenges to Become Fearless This Yeararticle by Leila Dorari
If nothing else, people have always challenged themselves to be more bold, open-minded and fearless. That’s how people learned to fly and defeat the gravity, conquered the electricity or beat some deadly diseases. Without the dreams of great achievements, people wouldn’t be able to experience amazing and wonderful journeys.
Maybe 2018 is your year to try something new, dare to be fearless and explore where that will take you. Here are some simple challenges that will make you start the year bold.
1. Don’t wait for approval
If you are the kind of person who cares what others think, start changing that. There is time to ask for an opinion, and there are moments when approval of others is absolutely unnecessary. You may not fall under their standards, but you shouldn’t care if you do at all. We are all different and that variety is what makes the world amazing. Get a tattoo, jump off a plane or start using a razor instead of wax. Disapprovals are sometimes people’s projections of their own fears and have nothing to do with you. Don’t be afraid to give voice to your choices and even invite those disapproving individuals to tag along with you.
2. Go and do that hobby you wanted
We all have a hobby we wanted to try for a while now. However, time passed and we grew older, so the piano or ballet lessons seem inappropriate now. Nevertheless, is it really? There is a number of classes teaching all ages. You can’t be a professional ballet dancer, but you can have fun and stay in shape with the practice. Challenge yourself to learn the language you always wanted, take painting classes or learn how to ski. Finally dedicating yourself to the hobby you always wanted will give you an opportunity to broaden your experience and liberate yourself as a person.
3. Say goodbye to unwanted people
Unwanted people are those that make you feel bad. Some you can’t avoid, but there are those which you stay in touch with because you feel bad to stop communication. If there is someone who doesn’t agree with your personality, or always makes you feel down, then you should say goodbye to that person.
If you stayed long enough in touch with that person to suck the energy out of you, then you can freely say you tried everything to continue the relations. In the end, if someone doesn’t respect you, then they hardly will unless you change the rules of the game. Time is precious, and it can pass in the blink of an eye. So instead of wasting your time on unwanted people, choose to spend it with those who love you and care about you.
4. Try to beat one fear
This is the year when you will try to overcome one fear. Choose whichever one you want and go on this adventure. This means you will have to ask a professional help from the psychologist or psychiatrist. Work little by little to beat what scares you. It may take more than a year to do it, but it will help you to take control of your life and feel more confident. Moreover, have patience, because fears take time and stamina to defeat. But once they’re gone, you will start knowing a whole new side of yourself.
5. Make a big step in your life
If you always wanted to leave somewhere else, then try it. Let’s say you want to go to Australia and see what it’s like to live there. For the beginning, contact immigration lawyers to give you a hand with the legal issues, try to find the job or take advantage of learning with natives and engage in one of the general English courses. This will help you to fulfill the cultural, legal and financial aspects of leaving there. Then buy a ticket, pack your bags and go have an adventure. Remember, you can always come home if you feel like things are not going well. At least you tried and experienced the other country, its culture, and lifestyles.
6. Exercise, exercise, exercise
This is probably something you listen to every day, but it’s for a good reason. Exercising is proven to help live a healthy life and prevent some serious conditions which can show up later in life. The great thing about this is that going to the gym is not the only exercise programme in the world. Dance classes, yoga, tai chi or aerobics are only some of the types you can try. If you feel uncomfortable to go and exercise with a bunch of people, try smaller groups or do it at home. You can create your own gym, try some YouTube lessons or if finances allow it, hire a personal trainer. At least 30 minutes a day is enough exercise to keep you in moderate shape.
7. Make time to relax
Never underestimate the need to relax and rest. Being active is great, but sooner or later those batteries that keep you running will deplete and you will fall down from exhaustion. Plan some time during the day to have fun, hang out with your friends and always make room for your family. If you were a workaholic until today, then turn the page and start entering relaxation time in your planer. It’s not shameful to rest or have time for yourself, watching a TV show you love, meditating or reading a book. It’s a shame if you can’t make room for it.
Whatever you choose, even if it’s not in this article – good for you. Turn this year into the time of bold changes and new beginnings. In the end, it’s important how you feel and not what challenges you take so you would appear a certain way for others.