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We’ve all heard the saying “do one thing every day that scares you”, right? Come on, at the very least, I bet you’ve seen Baz Luhrmann’s version of Romeo and Juliet, with the song “Everybody’s Free” in there. I’ve never really given it too much thought, but it turns out there’s a heap of variations.

Always do what you are afraid to do. (1841) —Popularized by Ralph Waldo Emerson

To do what you are afraid to do is to guide your life by fear. How much better not to be afraid to do what you believe in doing! (circa 1881) —Jane Addams.

There’s so many slightly different quotes, but I think this one is the most fitting for me – You must do the thing you think you cannot do. (1960) —Eleanor Roosevelt

And so by that token – Within my 40 goals before I turn 40, I set myself 3 goals surrounding going up The Mount (Mount Maunganui, for you non locals). Going up The Mount has ALWAYS terrified me. Always. Even when I’m feeling quite fit, something about it does my head in.

I’ve even had times where I actually get the shits in the lead up to it, I’m so worried about it. The actual shits. I’m all about the honesty here.

Why? No fucking idea. All I know is it’s hard, and even as I get faster, it’s still fucking hard. But I’ve never once turned around and chickened out.

Always keep going. Even when it’s slow. Who am I kidding, it’s always slow.

So, it sucks, and I hate every minute going up. Then, I get to the top, and I feel like I can do anything. Anything is possible. I’m so amazing and strong and fit, and nothing is too hard.

Until next time. Then I get inside my own head too much again and stress out.

I’m making a mountain out of a…. well, a mountain. But there’s bigger mountains out there to conquer, so I need to get over this one.

I went again a couple of days ago, and it was hard. I don’t think I’ve been so puffed in years. But I did it. Wasn’t any faster, but I definitely recovered faster this time. But the biggest change was that even though I was nervous before hand, it wasn’t as bad, and I never once considered turning around and going back down.

So it actually was an improvement on last time.

When we try new things, or things that we’re scared of, it gives us a chance to grow. And when we conquer that scary thing, we can move on to the next scary new thing. And we grow some more.

What’s something scary that you need to do?

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