My 12 Labours

In an attempt to change your life, how many life hacks have actually been transformative?

Have you ever considered doing something that terrifies you?

The kind of thing you might put off for months or years (or the rest of your life). The kind of thing that you would love to do but is probably too hard or just not-your-kind-of-thing.

I reckon that anything on that list is the kind of thing that would probably transform you. If you’ve ever done something that you would consider brave, you might know what I mean.

There are a heap of “one day” things on our lists

Stuff we wish we would do if…if what? What are you waiting for? Permission? Give it to yourself.

What you avoid, you’re stuck with.

Unused creativity is not benign and doesn’t just disappear. It lives within us until it’s expressed, neglected to death, or suffocated by resentment and fear.
— Brené Brown

A while back, I tried my hand at standup comedy. It was terrifying. And the terror was realised. I watched a joke go out into a crowd of 300 and received tumbleweeds in return. And you know what? Nothing else the world can conjure up seems scary after that.

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
— Eleanor Roosevelt

If you’re waiting until you feel like it, that’s never going to happen either.

What your life might be like if you found a way to gracefully face your mountain?

Photo by Dingzeyu Li on Unsplash

This is the journey I’ll be on this year. Feel free to join.

  1. Think of 12 things that terrify you
  2. Confront one per month in some way
  3. Tell people about it to make sure you follow through

(If none of this feels like it’s within your reach, then I heavily recommend this fearsetting exercise. If not now, when?)

An individual develops courage by doing courageous acts. — Aristotle

Hercules completed 12 labours to atone for doing some terrible things he had done when he was insane. He also did it to earn immortality. I’m not Hercules. My 12 labours this year will not be for immortality or atonement. They will be for me.

It’s going to be an amazing year.

And next year will be even better.

If you want to join me, use #my12labours, or get in touch (and I’ll keep you accountable).

In a future blog, I’ll update you on the full list and the first labour.