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Sending Out Guest Posts For The First Time

As I wrote about in the post last week, this year is the year of going all the way. That means we’re conquering as many fears and hesitations as we can, as quick as possible.

Last week I tackled guest posting. I’d been hesitant to do it the entire time I’ve been running Following the Rules, and had been putting it off.

This week though, I submitted posts to four blogs.

Wolverine is a beast

That was easy

I didn’t want to do it at first, but after some guidance and gentle nudging from my friend Alexander Heyne of Modern Health Monk, finally sent the first one off Monday, and kept sending posts for the rest of the week.

Just two days after starting, my first ever guest post went live.

It wasn’t as hard as I thought it’d be, and now I’m not hesitant about sending more out in the future, I could even see myself making it a regular part of my routine: writing one guest post and one regular post each week.

Sending out a post a week is something I thought would be impossible or too hard before starting this challenge.

With that fear out of the way, it’s time to do something a little more spiritual.

The fear I’m conquering this week?

“I’ll never be able to get into meditation”

Meditation’s good for keeping a stable mind, but I’ve never been able to sit still long enough to feel the benefits of it.

Some of my friends can sit for hours just staring at a candle, and when they tell me the benefits: a clear mind, more focus, and better perspective on life, it sounds awesome, but I’ve never been able to sit still for hours or make it a regular enough habit to feel the effects.

But that’s going to change.

The goal is to start with five minutes of meditation today, and then double it each day, until I’ve mediated for every day this week.

So Sunday I’ll do 5, Monday 10, Tuesday 15, up to 35 minutes of mediation this Saturday.

The hardest part will be making time in my schedule to do it, especially this early in the year, but my hope is to break through this fear, feel some of the effects of mediation, and then know if it works for me or not by the end of the week.

I’ll be using the app Buddhify 2 to lead the meditations, and help keep me on track.

How did you do last week — did you conquer any fears? And, what will you conquer this week? Leave a comment and let me know.

-Alex

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