Step 5: Try something new

After lots of self torment, reflection, and asking the opinions of others I finally signed up for the Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic.

I’m just a bit nervous

Actually, honestly, I’m terrified (don’t worry, it’s the good kind). ;)

How can I be ‘good terrified’?

Well, I think I’m experiencing Eustress (i.e. positive stress). It’s the feeling you get when you challenge yourself to something scary, when you take a few steps just past your comfort zone, you look around, and you start to sweat a bit.

I’m terrified because I know I’m going to do something really challenging, and I’ve started mentally preparing. I have tons of nervous energy building up but, despite the fear, this is actually a good thing. Eustress is what pushes people to achieve goals, to climb mountains, to enter marathons, to win races. It’s our body’s way of helping us through pressure.

So, because I’m all eustressed out right now, I thought I’d make the next step correspond to what I’m doing.

Are you scared? Don’t worry, it’s a good thing… ;)

5

The Step:

Challenge yourself to try something new (something that scares you just a little).

How:

Day 1: Write down a short list of things you’ve wanted to try, but haven’t yet.
Day 2: Think it over and weigh your options
Day 3: Pick one that:

  • You can realistically achieve (or one you can train for).
  • Seems a little too big and/or scares you just a little

Day 4: Make the commitment to yourself. Choose a time, place, and/or training schedule. If the thing you’ve picked costs money, buy (or start saving towards) it this week.
Day 5: Announce your new activity to your friends and family.
Day 6: Start – even if you can only spend 5 minutes – do it!

Lastly, if you choose to do this step, let me know what you pick. I’d love to hear all about it. :)

P.S. If you’re just joining us, you can read all about 52 weeks, 52 steps.