GIVEAWAY! Motivation Monday: How To Conquer HUGE Fears or Dreams

By June 14, 2010General

Today is Motivation Monday! Tell us in the comments if you’ve taken action and get a chance to win today’s giveaway which is a CD from Austin based worship group, Taylor Wise. I actually have several copies of the CD to give away today, so you have a really good chance of winning!

Get all the details at the end of the post …

How To Do Hard Things

In the past 7 days I’ve faced and conquered a couple of my biggest fears. I hate heights and I’m a self professed germ freak. Yet this week I slid down a giant zipline and ran a crazy race that had obstacles like a huge cargo net climb, mud pits, more mud pits, giant dirt hills and even more mud pits.

But don’t think I’m impressive (crazy might be a better word). It was all involuntary. Mostly.

All I did was sign up to walk the kids to the zipline at camp. (My pastor’s uber cool wife was the other counselor and she asked the instructors if we could do the zipline after the kids. Could I say no?) And I made sure to stay in touch with a super inspiring runner friend of mine. (Who talked me into doing this crazy race with her. Once I agreed, I couldn’t back out on her even after I saw the video at the end of this post.)

Basically, I got myself in “the flow.”

Get In The Flow

If you want to accomplish something big, something intimidating or something outright scary, the first step is to put yourself in “the flow.”

Think of it like a river. Someday you dream of going down the rapids, but for now, you’ll just float peacefully in a tube way up stream. It doesn’t seem scary, but it’s ever so gradually moving you towards your dream and helping you acclimate easily along the way.

Example
Maybe you’re not ready to really start an exercise routine, but it’s something you want to do. To get yourself in the flow to exercise you can:

  • Read workout blogs.
  • Subscribe to an exercise magazine.
  • Ask your friends who go to the gym about their workout routine.
  • Buy some weights and put them where you’ll see them often.
  • Watch a workout dvd every day.
  • Find a workout forum for moms and chat often.

Notice that none of these actions actually require you to move. At all. You could complete every single one of these things from the cozy comfort of your couch.

But…

It is human nature to conform to our surroundings. So surround yourself with what you want to be or do. I haven’t done a scientific study, but I imagine that if you do some or all of the above regulary, after a couple weeks, you’ll have a hard time NOT starting an exercise routine.

Motivation Monday Details

For those of you who are new, here’s how Motivation Monday works:
Anyone who takes some sort of action can enter to win. Your action might be:

  • getting up early, reading your Bible
  • going on a date with your kids
  • creating a mission statement
  • exercising
  • creating a meal plan
  • Writing a goal

It can be any action that improves who you are as a believer or a mother.

How To Enter

To enter the giveaway, you would do one (or all) of these:
1. Leave a comment and say, “I took action this week!”
2. Leave another comment telling us what action you took.
3. Follow @Inspired2Action on Twitter or Facebook and tell us there about the action you took.
4. Blog about your action and share the link below.

Action Begets Action

Why do I want you to Twitter, Facebook, Blog or Comment about the actions you taken in the past couple of weeks? …because action begets action. The things you’ve done WILL inspire others. And, well, that’s kind of what this blog is all about.

Bye Bye Germ-o-phobia
So here’s one of the obstacles from the race. I may have shrieked when I first saw it.

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