Today I decided to tackle a Fear Challenge. Do you think you can do it?
It sounds pretty simple:
Go in to Starbucks.
Ask for a 10% discount.
Why is it a fear challenge? Try it for yourself and you’ll see.
Here’s a link to the video of my experience.
Now before I get in to that, I want to quickly mention some more developments on the podcast.
What inspired me to take action
I have been polishing up on my listening skills while I’m busy at work I usually have my earbuds in listening to an array of podcasts.
One particularly good channel that I came across recently was this very informative and funny guy, Pat Flynn. Pat hosts a show called the ‘Smart Passive Income’ and he offers tonnes of great content and plenty of inspiring guests.
Episode 71 happened to be one that I clicked on, mainly because of all the comments. At the time of this post, he has close to 600 comments, on a single post! Of course it had me intrigued as to how he got so many people involved.
The guest for this podcast is a guy who has been through plenty of ups and downs, he was one of the original staff at Facebook, and since then has gone on to create several successful businesses. Listening to him talk you can hear his passion and willingness to share his experiences, which is what I like the most about this whole podcast idea.
Sharing information and learning from others
Anyone can isolate themselves from the world, go be the lone wolf and try to go about things their own way. And that is completely fine if you choose to do that. Of course you can learn and try new things that way – but I think that it will be a long and lonely process.
Alternatively, I find that learning from others by sharing your thoughts, feelings, experiences and anything else that comes to mind in an honest and compassionate way, that one can grow and connect on a much deeper level than if you were to go it alone.
Putting yourself out there & getting out of your comfort zone
When starting off something new, I find it extremely daunting.
Wether it’s a new project and I’m staring at a blank piece of paper. A new blog post and I’m watching that cursor blip on and off again. Meeting new people in a large group. Just about anything that you aren’t used to seems so frightening.
But is it really that scary? Or is it just that little voice in our head that scares us more.
I find that by identifying with that voice, rather than trying to suppress it, I can almost communicate with it. I try and ask myself, why does that scare me?
Is it really that bad?
What can I do to overcome that fear?
Usually the answer is staring us right in the face.
Starbucks Discount Challenge
I mentioned at the start of this post that I worked up the courage to do a ‘fear challenge’:
Go in to Starbucks and ask for a discount.
Now it might sound silly, and you’re probably saying, “what does that have to do with being afraid?”
Well I’ll tell you my experience.
When I first heard the challenge, I thought that it sounded simple.
Then the more that I thought about it, the more I started to put it off. Telling myself that I would go later in the day, or maybe I’m too busy today because I have to go to the gym and that I wouldn’t be able to fit it in.
Now let me sidestep for a tiny bit here.
After hearing this challenge I contacted Noah, the challenge setter, and emailed him with my great plans about thinking about possibly launching a podcast next month, which I mentioned in several posts over the last few days.
Almost instantly he replied.
“Why don’t you start today.”
That email just about blew me away.
I launched in to a barrage of ‘considerations’ (excuses) that I had in my head as to why I couldn’t such as lack of equipment, not having a website ready, no branding, no content yet etc etc etc.
‘Record it on your phone. Send it to 3 friends. Hit me back tomorrow’.
When you put it like that –I’d be mad not to!
So, I thought, let’s do this!
And What a fantastic day it turned in to!
Not only did I take action and overcome the nagging voice telling me not to do it, take the easy way out, ‘you’re gonna fail’! – I actually walked in, asked, and received a 10% discount at Starbucks!!!
The savings are not even what matters, the feelings that I got before, during and afterwards are exhilirating and I feel like it’s set my mood for the rest of the day.
Rather than making excuses about not doing it, I’m going to make the decision to do it and then I’m gonna do it!
Furthermore, rather than waiting a month to launch my podcast, Ren and I got our butts in to gear, hooked up the mic after work, and we RECORDED OUR FIRST EPISODE!!!
For now it’s going to stay between friends and family so we can get feedback about what work’s and what needs improving.
If you would like to listen to the first few episodes and help us out with some feedback, leave a comment below and we can get in touch.
So we are going to stick to our initial ‘launch date’ – but in the mean time, there’ no harm in getting started, right now, today. So do it!