At the beginning of these challenges I often hear things like this: “You’re crazy.” “Why would you do that?” “You’re going to do what?”
I’ve gotten really good at deflecting. I smile and nod and sometimes agree. I explain to them about my blog and my quest for self improvement. But I have another, sometimes even more important, reason why I do my 30 Days that I don’t usually share.
It’s because I love love love a challenge. I love pushing my limits. Trying something new. And I really love proving myself to myself that I am totally strong, capable, and amazing. I do a lot of what I do for the feeling of accomplishment, for knowing that I’m better off right now than I was 30 Days ago. And that adrenaline rush I get at the beginning of any 30 Days I feel times 10 by the end of the month. I’m proud of myself. I love knowing that I did something that other people couldn’t.
T.S. Eliot understand when he says:
“If you’re not in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?” – T.S. Eliot
Never, ever be afraid to jump in, even if things look scary or hard. The harder moments define us and make us grow. And when you face those moments, seek them out even, they loose their strength. And being in over your head doesn’t feel quite so scary the next time around.
Do you know how tall you are? It’s a good question to ask yourself when you’re thinking about your 30 Days and setting your goals. Really challenge yourself. Really push yourself. Proof your own strength. Show me how tall you are. Prove to everyone that you are stronger than anyone thought. Because you really are.
And I know, that even if I’m standing on my tip toes by the end of any month, I’m better off than I was on the first. And that makes me excited about my next 30 Days.