The very first women who signed up for the #52DareChallenge are in their eighth week (which feels like both a blink and a life-time ago since this thing got rolling.)
That’s eight different dares.
If you’re one of these women, you might have gotten behind on some. As in, you had good intentions, but then life got in the way.
On one hand, I want to set you up for success. I want this to be a no-brainer, easy-as-pie, you-can-do-it challenge. That part of me has been eyeing the dares – and their order, in particular – and considering some swaps and changes the next go-round.
But you see, I am also behind on a couple of dares.
Yes, ME! The creator, chief cheerleader, darer herself. B-E-H-I-N-D!
And so, while I could re-arrange this to my fancy or your fancy or someone else’s fancy – and make this more considering, less doing – this is life.
We get behind. We drop balls. We set out with enthusiasm and a vision and get sidetracked, or discouraged, or sometimes even give up altogether.
And so, I want to offer you this.
It doesn’t matter right now what your track record is – whether it’s with these dares or some other area of your life. It doesn’t matter how perfectly well you’ve accomplished what you set out to do.
Because in the grand scheme of life, I believe what matters more is how you pick yourself up, dust yourself off and come eye-to-eye with your exhaustion, insecurity, fear or anything else that showed up and got in the way – and CARRY ON.
It’s the encouragement we give ourselves, the forgiveness for all the faltering, and willingness to start where we are at, that makes all the difference.
And it does.
So perhaps shifting the order of a few dares will help those following behind you. But there is a bigger brave here for you.
It’s the brave of showing up every day to your imperfect, unfinished life – and giving yourself a heart-felt (not a just-pick-your-head-up) pep-talk, rather than a shaming. It’s making conscious choices about how you’ll proceed forward – rather than focusing on what you should be doing. Sometimes, brave is honoring your choice not to do something, whether it’s a dare or otherwise.
It’s about embracing the spirit of adventure in your life – and finding out what’s here for you, at every turn.
So take the learning and insight, whatever it may be, with you – along with an extra dose of self love. And leave anything else that is not serving you (like judgement or blame or whatever it may be) behind.
And carry on…