Introducing The 30 Days of Truth Challenge

Right before the holidays, my friend and mentee Amber emailed myself along with our other two friends, asking us to participate in the 30 Days30truthdays1-300x297 of Truth blogging challenge. In short, you are given a prompt for each day and must answer it openly and honestly. Since I never say no to Amber, I figured why not try it out. I plan to incorporate multiple prompts into one post but will continue blogging about other topics. So this may take more than 30 days. Here goes nothing!

Day 01 → Something you hate about yourself.
Day 02 → Something you love about yourself.

I think it is too appropriate to put these prompts together since what I hate and love about myself are connected. I hate that I’m a constant over thinker. I cause myself too much stress wondering if the decision I made was right. I think it is my lack in self-confidence that leads to my continuous over thinking. I tend to feel like I’m always doing something wrong, disappointing someone and the list goes on. At work, I often contemplate if I did an assignment right and occasionally jump when my email goes off, afraid to look and see an irate email. Mind you, this has never happened so clearly it’s in my head. In my personal life, I wonder the wording of every text message, fearful I might aggravate my parents or friends. I honestly care too much about what other people think…because I am always trying to gain approval…thanks to a lack of self-confidence. Pretty full circle, right?

keep-calm-and-love-thyself-5Solution to the problem? Manage everyone’s expectations from the start of the job, conversation or whatever else. Accept the fact that I am good enough and whoever doesn’t think I am can take a hike. Realize nothing will ever be perfect. Figure out what triggers my lack of self-confidence. Have confidence in my decision-making skills since I’ve gotten myself this far without a real catastrophe. It’s a work in progress.

Now on a more positive note, what I love about myself. I love how much I care about people, projects and causes. I am invested in every single important person in my life.  If it or they matters to me, I give it 110 percent and will figure out a way to make it work. While there are times when I care too much, for the most part what I invest, I get back tenfold. When people see you are invested in them or their project, they tend to become equally as invested in you. Caring too much can lead to my over thinking but I wouldn’t change this part of my personality entirely. Like I said yesterday, 2013 is about balance for me. So, I am learning to balance my caring nature with the reality of caring too much and the negative things attached to that possibility.

A huge thank you to Amber for introducing me to the 30 days of truth blogging challenge. You should go check out her blog because it’s fantastic. Additionally, our other friend Lauren started her 30 days of truth challenge today too. Great minds think alike! The quote below sums it up.

“If I love you, I will carry for you all your pain, I will assume for you all your debts (in every definition of the word), I will protect you from your own insecurity, I will project upon you all sorts of good qualities that you have never actually cultivated in yourself and I will buy Christmas presents for your entire family. I will give you the sun and the rain, and if they are not available, I will give you a sun check and a rain check.” – Eat Pray Love

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6 thoughts on “Introducing The 30 Days of Truth Challenge

  1. Sarah Stackhouse January 3, 2013 at 4:49 pm Reply

    Love the honesty! I can definitely relate to the over-thinking!

    • alexcrispino January 3, 2013 at 5:09 pm Reply

      Thanks so much Sarah! Glad you liked it and can relate.

  2. jamielawlor716 January 4, 2013 at 9:19 am Reply

    I can totally relate to this post! I’m definitely an over-thinker myself and it’s become especially clear lately as an intern and always second guessing my work and wondering if I’m doing a good job. I love your solution to the problem and I’m going to try to take that advice myself! I like to think in passionate about everything I do as well! I love this 30 days of truth idea! 🙂

    • alexcrispino January 4, 2013 at 9:28 am Reply

      Thanks so much Jamie! I’m glad I’m not alone! I feel like a lot of people in PR are over thinkers simply because they want to make sure the decision is the right one. Let me know if my solutions helped you and if you found any other ways to help the over thinking problem. Thanks again!

  3. Joe Owens January 4, 2013 at 3:36 pm Reply

    I think in the end it may turn out to by “30 days of self-examination” which is a good by product. Being honest with yourself can sometimes be hard to do. With another holding you accountable it is more liekly to happen. I wish you well on your month long adventure.

  4. Alex Crispino January 4, 2013 at 3:44 pm Reply

    Thanks so much for reading Joe! I completely agree..it will absolutely be a journey of self-discovery!

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