Have you heard of Comfort Challenges or Rejection Therapy? Interested in joining me this year?
Day 3 of 30 — “30 Things About Me Experiment”
Embracing discomfort and authenticity by sharing more about me that you might not know!
For a while I’ve been fascinated by the idea of pushing outside of one’s comfort zone.
Years ago I read about this thing called a “Comfort Challenge,” and later found out about “Rejection Therapy.”
First: I want to know if you might be interested in joining me this year in overcoming certain discomforts and fears. (It would be awesome to get a few people together to do some fun Comfort Challenges as a group.)
Years ago, I started to get out of my comfort zone in little ways.
Doing things that made me weird and feel uncomfortable.
Even some mundane or unassuming things were ways for me to get out of my comfort zone:
Taking selfies with people I just met.
Sneakily putting clothespins with fun or encouraging messages on people.
Wearing facepaint for the first time at an event.
These few things were the earliest ways I was getting outside of my comfort zone.
Pictured is a woman I met at an event a couple of years ago, attending my sister’s competition.
Thousands of people in attendance.
She had a facepainting booth set up, so I got in line.
When it was my turn, she asked what I wanted:
“Whatever you want.”
I had essentially given someone I didn’t know free reign to paint anything they wanted on my face.
That night I experienced things I never had before:
People looking at me (the facepaint) with curiosity;
People talking about the facepainting in passing;
People looking SHYLY away from ME when I looked their way (ironic much?);
People starting up a conversation with me to ask about the facepainting;
It was strangely liberating being outside of my comfort zone.
After that event, I started to lean into the concept of Comfort Challenges and Rejection Therapy even more.
But I kept putting it on the backburner (i.e., I kept avoiding it) for a couple of years.
So this year I really want to dive into the concept of getting out of my comfort zone by doing really weird and uncomfortable things to get more comfortable being uncomfortable;
– Laying down on the ground in the middle of a busy place.
– Standing backwards in an elevator.
– Dress completely differently for a day/week.
– Ask random strangers for hugs.
– Approaching and complimenting someone who’s intimidating.
– Strike up a conversation with complete strangers.
– Ask someone to dance (not at a dance event).
– Take a new class; improv, acting, aerial, parkour, Toastmasters
– Ask for a discount.
– Invite someone to share a secret with one another.
I’ve got so many compiled now and want to challenge myself to follow through this year.
But, it would be really awesome to have a small group of people (especially local) to meet up with and do various Comfort Challenges and/or Rejection Therapy.
If you find yourself intrigued by the idea of Comfort Challenges or Rejection Therapy, have been wanting to do it for a while too, or want to join me this year, reach out and let me know!