March 1st 2017

This challenge was inspired by seeing numerous incredible friends posting about their resolutions for the 40 days of Lent. Instead of giving something up for 40 days (I'd given up chocolate numerous times before), I decided to take on a different kind of challenge. I announced to my Facebook network that I would be taking up the challenge of living more outside of my comfort zone by doing something that made me genuinely uncomfortable every day. I called it '40 DAYS OF FACING FEAR' (copyright pending).

From my original Facebook post:

For the last few years I have been working within the field of leadership development (which is a specialised area of learning and development/human resources management). I have been privileged to work with some very senior public sector leaders and experts in the fields of leadership development, coaching and facilitation. Through these experiences I have learned an incredible amount about developing others and heard first hand the regrets and sage advice of senior leaders. REGRETS such as 'I wish I had known this 20 years ago' and sage advice such as 'learn and practise this stuff now so you don't get to my age and wake up one day overweight, tired and unhappy with where you are' and 'take more risks when you are younger and have few commitments tying you down'.

When I spoke at the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards programme earlier this year, I spoke about being authentic and how LIVING OUTSIDE ONE's COMFORT ZONE can lead to the greatest learning and growth. I also spoke about how, with all of the content that my team and I teach to leaders, that I like to personally try out the material to see what is the most effective and/or life changing. Rather than 'preaching' about developing as a leader, I wish to really live/breathe/BE the leader I wish I could have.

Speaking at the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) 2017 about authenticity, leading oneself first and doing things outside one's comfort zone

Speaking at the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) 2017 about authenticity, leading oneself first and doing things outside one's comfort zone

So, this is the first part of a personal leadership development experiment: '40 DAYS OF FACING FEAR'. I will be getting up, dressing up and showing up every day with this challenge (even when my natural introverted tendencies wants me to go back to reading a book in the sun or go to a yoga class). The first step(s) are done: publishing this and buying the domain name and website for 'Jen Y Insights' (where I intend to publish about this experiment, and more). Watch this space! I can't really back out now...

WHAT'S NEXT? One uncomfortable step at a time! Ideas I've thought of are: trying a new gym class, going along to a Toastmasters session, asking out a guy if I have a crush on him... If you have ANY IDEAS, please let me know! I can't guarantee that I'll do everything (anything to do with needles is out of the question...) but I'm certainly open to suggestions!

Sending so much love and gratitude <3