Month One’s goal was to write and publish a book in 30 days. Failed to finish, but still working on the book. It’s only a fail in terms of the timeframe.
Month Two’s goal is to develop a meditation practice. I am meditating every morning, but don’t seem to be getting any better at keeping my mind reigned in.
Month Three’s goal (next month) is to set off on a challenge to walk or run 1200 exercise miles in 2016. Thoughts on that? Total fear!
I’ve been sick for two weeks and other than a short one-mile walk with the dogs a week ago, I haven’t exercised at all. As the days pile up and I struggle to get through the basics of what has to be done each day, I’m beginning to feel a little panicky about the idea of trying to maintain an average four-mile/day, six days/week schedule starting January 1st. I wrote about “resistance” early on and I now know to identify this type of fear as simply resistance, but I must admit to feeling discouraged about the amount of fear I’m able to generate. I wake up in the morning with my head and chest congested, my body aching, and I think, What if I get sick after January 1st? How would I maintain my running/walking schedule? Two weeks of missed workouts is 48 missed miles!
Part of challenging myself to “366 Somedays” is the exploration of why we put off so many goals and desires to “someday”. There’s the excuses of lack of time, limited resources, other commitments, but I have realized perhaps the biggest reason, excuse, rationalization, whatever you want to call it, is FEAR. Fear of failing. Fear of embarrassment. Fear of “what if?” FEAR. I’ve also realized most of my FEAR comes from inside my head. I’m beginning to think perhaps the most substantial growth I’ll experience this year is learning to quiet the Voice of Fear inside my head. My goal can be summed up in a quote from Yanni: I don’t have a You Can’t Do This voice in my head.