Ignite Your Soul

Do Something to Amaze Yourself

You’ve been working so hard this whole year. Now it’s time to prove to yourself just how amazing you are. Find something that scares you a bit, and do it this week.

Often, we need to do things outside of our comfort zone in order to grow. But we don’t because we’re afraid.

Remember, courage isn’t the absence of fear. It’s feeling the fear and doing it anyway.

Plan to Write A Novel

Did you know you could write a book in November with National Novel Writing Month (NANOWRIMO).

It doesn’t have to be a novel. You could write a memoir, or you could share some knowledge or experiences that you have.

The key is to schedule writing time every day. You should have it be when it’s a good time and not when you’ll feel stressed. The last thing you want to do is tell yourself “Oh, I’ll write twice as much tomorrow.”

Like with most goals, consistency really does give you momentum.

Then plan out what you want to say. You can create a big outline and work on a different section each day. By the end of next month, you’ll have a book you can publish.

Or not. The important thing is that you did this to amaze yourself.

Did you know that’s how I write these blogs? I come up with the different headings, and then set a timer for myself.

Plan A Big Party

Even if you don’t have a lot of money, you could plan a big get together. There’s something so fun about getting a lot of people together just for the fun of it.

Have a potluck where everyone brings a small dish if you don’t have much money. And if you don’t have a lot of space, find a local park where you could meet for free.

You will want to get some activities planned like Frisbee or three legged races. Or maybe your group would enjoy playing a game of tag for fun.

Just focus on taking a chance and putting together something bigger than you have before to amaze yourself.

Repair a Vehicle

Maybe you want to start small and learn to repair a bicycle. There’s quite a lot that you can learn including repairing a punctured tyre. You can also learn how to put the chain back on if it falls off of the gear. Then you can move on to bicycle maintenance and learn how to grease everything up as well as replace brakes.

You could then learn how to change the oil in a scooter or a car.

That doesn’t mean you always have to. Sometimes it’s nice to bring the vehicle into a garage and let it be someone else’s responsibility. But the key here is to learn something unusual that would impress yourself.

Ask for Something Big

What may seem big to you may see small to someone else. So don’t be afraid to ask.

Spend some time figuring out what would make a big difference in your life, but seems really scary right now. You’d love to take that next step, but something is holding you back.

Do you want to ask your manager for a raise?

Is there a favor you’d like to ask someone?

Maybe you’re always the person to host a holiday meal. Ask someone else if they could host it, and say you’ll be happy to help bring something.

Learn to Do A Magic Trick

Now, I’m not saying you have to become the next David Copperfield. But how much fun is it to make a coin or a crayon appear from the ear of a toddler? They think it’s real magic.

Now imagine you learned how to do a simple magic trick that you could perform in front of your friends?

It’s unexpected and brings delight to the group.

You can also learn how to twirl a pen or shuffle cards with a flourish.

Another fun trick is to learn to juggle. It only takes about ten minutes to learn, and it’s something you can practice while waiting on hold on the phone if you have a headset.

Other Fun Little Things

There are many other little things you can do that will delight you and impress others. Plus you never know when some of these skills may come in handy.

  • Play a song on a harmonica
  • Say the alphabet backwards
  • Tie a tie
  • Pick a lock
  • Memorize a long poem that you love

Want more ideas?

  • Learn a foreign language
  • Take a class in cooking, music, art or something else you think you can’t do
  • Sign up to be an extra in a local community theatre play
  • Volunteer to teach something

Learn to Say You’re Welcome

How often does someone thank you and you brush it off with “Oh, it was nothing.” What if you smiled and just said “You’re welcome.”

Would you amaze yourself if you could just sit back and enjoy being appreciated?

Step into that circle of excellence and appreciate being appreciated.

If someone wants to give, then someone else has to receive. Be open to receiving the other person’s gratitude. It makes them feel better as well.

My Final Thoughts

Why would you want to do something to amaze yourself? It builds up your self-confidence and gives you a feeling of winning at something.

You also become a positive role model for the other people in your life.

And maybe it opens the eyes to those around you that you’re a special and important person. They probably already know that. But sometimes we tend to forget that those around us are living and breathing people who are in a continual state of growing.

So take some time to break out of your routine. You can always go back to it afterwards. Just try something today that you’ve never done before.

You may find that you enjoyed yourself, and are ready to try more things that seem scary as first.

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