The ‘New You’ Challenge
Welcome to a really exciting new series that we hope might inspire daring and delight. 2021 is set to be a dynamic year for Edible Health as we have some exciting, soon-to-be-announced news to share. As a result, a ‘New Year’ has inspired us to think about exploring a ‘New You’, as well as a ‘New Us’!
But really, why wait for a calendar prompt? You could press go on this any time that suits.
So, why have we conjured up this series? We wanted to edge ourselves outside our comfort zones to see what we might be capable of when we try something unexpected… To lead life rather than have it lead us.
“Do one thing every day that scares you.”
This immortalised advice from Eleanor Roosevelt appears to be somewhat of a condensed misquote. She supposedly imparted something far more granular and insightful:
“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
What’s she saying here?
If you were to replace the word ‘horror’ with ‘challenge’, the advice becomes broader and possibly even more relevant. It’s saying that as humans, we grow and evolve when we take on challenges and overcome them. Very often these challenges might scare us, and they should! Otherwise, where does the challenge lie? How often do you hear people say that it was only through adversity they really learnt something, or they somehow become better? Because with challenge comes learning, and with learning comes growth.
By doing one thing that scares us, we’re not only showing ourselves that we can be resilient, adaptive or courageous, but that we can handle change. And if you want to put a really evolutionary bend on this, life can’t exist without change. Indeed, in keeping with our earlier American Presidential theme, in the words of Benjamin Franklin, “when you’ve finished changing, you’ve finished”.
So, what is this series all about?
We want to challenge and inspire ourselves to go outside the ordinary and discover things about ourselves we never knew were possible. We want to awaken dormant talent. We want to create opportunities that would never have otherwise been given oxygen. We want to dice things up a little, and test our mettle. And maybe you do, too?
This series is going to look in detail at themes or ideas that might be quiet thoughts in the farthest recesses of your mind. Ideas you once had to pursue, but talked yourself out of perhaps due to time, money, responsibility or a fear of failure. Some of these ideas might resonate with you, some of them may be completely alien. The hope is that they inspire you to challenge yourself in your own way, and that they lead you to some kind of positive outcome, whatever that might be.
What have you always wanted to try, but courage just didn’t seem on your side? What have you longed to do, but always logically talked yourself out of? Do you have a sneaking suspicion of being very good at something, but you’ve never pursued it just in case you were wrong?
We start the series with this bucket list of ‘New You’ ideas. In coming weeks and months, we will explore several of these with more focus. But remember, as the 13th century Persian poet Rumi said, “don't be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.”
- Start a new business
- Train for the World Memory Championships
- Start a sourdough culture and stick with it
- Learn a new language
- Learn how to play an instrument
- Become a wild water swimmer - in cold weather!
- Invest some money into crypto currency
- If you’re perimenopause or menopause, see it as a powerful opportunity
- Audition for a local play/musical
- Consider biohacking yourself
- Write a book
- Adopt a shelter animal
- Complete a wine course
- See a psychologist or a nutritional therapist
- Do a juice or water fast
- Explore functional medicine
Do any of these ideas scare you for all the right reasons? Do you have ideas that are not on this list? We’d love to hear from you and we’d be delighted to do what we can to help support you to pursue your ‘New You’. These are truly exciting times!
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