Do Hard Things in 2018
As you probably have gathered from the title of this post, I recently read Alex and Brett Harris’s book, Do Hard Things. And WOW. What a good book! Every teenager should own a copy. It is life-changing!
I’ve never been one for having a “word of the year,” although I know it works fantastic for some people. However, reading Do Hard Things has challenged me to make doing hard things a priority in my life this year. So I have made it my 2018 motto of sorts.
One thing I learned by reading the book is that doing hard things is really about getting out of your comfort zone. I don’t know about you, but I love my comfort zone. It is safe and, well, comfortable! I don’t want to face my fears. I don’t want to risk embarrassment, failure, or looking like an idiot. But in order to really grow and mature and increase my potential, I have to be willing to get out of my comfort zone. This year, getting out of my comfort zone may look like…
- Talking on the phone
- Singing in a small group where people can actually hear my voice (*gulp*)
- Trying out for volleyball even if I’m not near as good as anyone else
- Getting a job where I may have to interact with different personalities
I am honestly petrified of each of those things. To some people, they may seem rather insignificant and easy. But to me, they’re scary and unknown. Especially talking on the phone. I dread talking on the phone! It’s one of my greatest fears. But seriously, how am I going to get anywhere in life if I can’t learn how to pick up a phone and converse with people in that way?
Ok. Now that I’ve confessed my petty fears, I’d like to ask you a question ;)
What is it in your life that petrifies you?
Maybe it’s the fear of heights, or standing up in front of people, or competing in an area that may make you vulnerable to teasing or laughing.
Whatever it is, you probably aren’t overly excited to admit it to others. But since I just told you about my own fear of talking on the phone… you should feel quite encouraged and able to confess your own fears :) And I would encourage you to do just that. Acknowledge your fears. Maybe even open up and share them with others so they don’t seem as significant. Then be ready and willing to face your fears.
Aside from facing your fears, I’d like to leave you with a challenge for 2018.
First, If you are a teen and have yet to read Do Hard Things, I would encourage you to go purchase a copy today. If you truly have a desire to live for the Lord, than the message of doing hard things should resonate well with you and will be a huge encouragement and challenge.
Second, I would challenge you to make do hard things a motto and priority in your life this year. I’d encourage you to make your own list of hard things you want to do and/or fears you wish to conquer this year. Here is a list of some of the “hard” things I personally want to do this year…
- Lead a group Bible study
- Mentor a younger girl
- Write a ludicrous amount of hymn arrangements (Instead of just aiming for a couple arrangements, I want to blow myself away with how much music I write this year)
- Expand my blog into more of a ministry
- Get a job/start a creative business
- Run a 5K
- Write a blog post that might step on toes
- Guest post on a larger blog
- Give up extra sugar for a whole month
- Consistently wake up at a reasonable time
Now I’d LOVE to hear from you! (Seriously. You really don’t know how much your comments mean to me!)
Have you ever read Do Hard Things?
Will you take me up on the challenge and strive to DO HARD THINGS this year?
What are some of the fears that hold you back?
What are some “hard things” you want to do in 2018?