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How my big challenge boosted my confidence

Sometimes, when we take on a new challenge, especially if we are getting into an area where we are not too comfortable in the first place, we really do wonder at times if we will succeed. But how good it feels when we follow that little voice in our heart saying, "You can do it. Trust your own unconquerable spirit, and know that the people you need to help you will appear when you need them."

I bought a new computer five days ago. I didn't have much choice really. I put it off as long as I could, mind you, because computers are not my strong point. I'm an artistic kind of fellow, I suppose, more at home writing a poem than penetrating the mysteries that make a computer work.

But I'm here to say I'm so happy that computers do work and are part of my world. They make my world so much richer, fuller, and more interesting. Computers didn't exist when my dad was churning out stories for his newspaper on a battered old typewriter. But now they do exist. And they help me talk to you, and listen to you.

Life really does want us to expand our boundaries

My Dell was 10 years old and like an old dog, a beloved pet, it was getting harder and harder for it just to move at all. It was time for something new. But what to buy? What make, what model? Just trying to decide these questions was challenging enough. But that was just the beginning. There was a new version of Word to understand. A new version of Windows to comprehend. There were new programs to install. There were new versions of old programs to install. Many times I thought I had everything set up properly only to discover there was a whole big piece I hadn't even thought of yet. And so it went. And so it went.

But here's what I want to share with you. As I sit here this morning, writing my first post on my new computer, I'm filled with so much joy, because this challenge has boosted my confidence. I realize more strongly than ever before that life really does want us to expand our boundaries, regardless of our age. It wants us to keep creating a more fulfilling, happy life for ourselves and our world no matter what.

I'll be honest with you. Using this computer is like driving down the road in a Cadillac (not that I've ever done that, mind you) compared to riding in the back of a battered old pickup.

And so it comes down to this. Life is good. Life is very sweet. Life really does want to bless us, and lead us to a richer, more abundant life. But we have to play our part. We have to keep listening to the wisdom of our own heart. We have to keep going even though part of us might like to quit, or we wonder if we can really do this thing, or if it is really all worthwhile.

We have to be willing to change our mind

We have to be willing to change our mind every now and again. To accept a new direction, or new "facts on the ground." But most of all – we have to keep trusting our own unconquerable spirit.

I'm so happy to be sharing these few thoughts with you sitting at the wheel of a very elegant, very beautiful machine. My hat goes off to all those people, probably in many different parts of the world, who helped to make this beautiful computer possible. My hat goes off to all those gifted and kind people who, on the telephone for the most part, have helped me get my new computer set up and running properly.

What are your big challenges?

And my hat goes off to you. What are your big challenges? Whatever they are, my love is with you as you move forward with your life. May God bless you and keep you safe. I would love to hear any thoughts or experiences you may wish to share.

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Linda/Positive Spin March 6, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Hello Christopher,
I know exactly what you mean, about facing a new challenge. Like you, I have recently acquired a new computer which involved a whole new phase of learning for me. It’s a Mac, which is very different from my old Dell. But… I’m loving it with all its new features and I’m gradually feeling at home as I type.
Confidence comes from doing… that’s what I’ve discovered. It comes as a result of facing up to and actually ‘doing’ what scares us, Confidence comes after, not before action.
We never stop changing our minds , do we, and that’s a good thing…
My new challenge is to realise my mission for my blog, and I will, no doubt about it. But only if I take action. The confidence will follow…
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Christopher Foster March 7, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Hi Linda, thank you so much for sharing your own experience in this wild, wonderful world of computers. I’m very impressed that you reached out and bought a Mac, I do believe it is an excellent product, but I’m sure it will certainly take a fair bit of getting used to after your PC.

I absolutely love what you say about how confidence comes from doing. If we put our best into life confidence will grow naturally in us like a beautiful tree or flower. I do wish you the very best with your Mac, and you are absolutely right that you will realize what your mission is for your blog as you keep moving forward. The best of luck to you Linda, and stay strong.

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Elke March 6, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Hello again!
I am relocating back home with my little boy to South Africa. I cannot say that I am experiencing any fear or apprehensions, as I have absolute faith in that I shall be going where I need to go at this stage of my life. I sense that I am guided and am still pleasantly surprised about all the wonderful wishes that come true along the way! My cousin congratulated me on being so brave after an 11-year absence. Yet I see no brave actions, I am simply following what makes perfect sense to me and feels right. There is almost a calm about me, despite all the very exciting and supposed stressful things I am dealing with. I am not returning to the same place I left, which is wonderful!
It appears that your blog strikes a chord wherever I’m at! How wonderful is that?!
Regards
Elke

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Christopher Foster March 7, 2012 at 3:14 pm

Hi Elke, it’s lovely to hear from you again. Your words are beautiful. There is a hand of grace upon each one of us, and all we have to do, as you illustrate so beautifully, is to listen to the wisdom that is speaking to us every moment in the sacred spaces of our heart.

I wish you and your little boy a wonderful new life in South Africa, and I’m absolutely sure that this calm of which you speak will never let you down. Blessings to you. And I’m so happy that my blog works for you wherever you happen to be geographically.

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Ciara March 6, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Hi Christopher thank you for sharing some more pearls of wisdom. I have a big challenge coming up to promote my new book which will be released in April. Part of me is not looking forward to the publicity surrounding the launch but the other part (the real me) is very excited! One of my favorite quotes of all times comes from Robin Sharma and is very appropriate for this post “On the other side of fear lies your freedom” Time to embrace the fear!
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Christopher Foster March 7, 2012 at 6:27 pm

Congratulations on your new book Ciara. That’s great news. Everything is going to work out beautifully. It is interesting how with any creative endeavor fear tends to intrude, isn’t ity? I enjoyed the quote from Robin Sharma very much. Sums it all up beautifully. Good luck and God bless.

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Angela Artemis/Poweredbyintuition March 6, 2012 at 4:54 pm

Chris,
Great article. I’m so glad you bought a new computer too. I’m sure you’re going to be spitting out articles and books faster than ever before now!
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Christopher Foster March 7, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Hey, thanks Angela. I appreciate the encouragement very much. It was a real pleasure to hear from you and may I say I appreciate my connection with you immensely. Congratulations on your recent book, how well you’ve been doing.

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Ann alka WorkingBoomer March 7, 2012 at 9:42 am

What a great blog. I can really relate. I had my first experience visiting a computer store last year. I was amazed at all the features and how they have changed since I purchased my first one. Little by little, I am learning to do more on the computer. Keep up the great writing!

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Christopher Foster March 7, 2012 at 6:13 pm

How nice to hear from you Ann, thank you so much for your kind comment. Little by little is right, I’m hoping (as far as my new computer is concerned) that it’s true that the tortoise really does win the race. When it comes to learning new computer stuff I’m definitely a bit of a tortoise.

Every good wish and thanks again for your comment.

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Marv and Jo March 7, 2012 at 8:04 pm

Hi Chris,

What an amazing article. I really connected with your message about life wanting us to expand our boundaries. My wife and I found our own joy when we decided to let go of the things that we didn’t feel excited about and move forward in the direction that our hearts told us.

Now we travel the world, and like you we continue to spread a message of hope and the promise of a fulfilling life by sharing the lessons we continue to learn throughout our journey through life.

Thanks so much for shining bright throughout your own journey!
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Christopher Foster March 8, 2012 at 8:26 pm

A pure pleasure to hear from you Marv and Jo. What an inspiring journey you are on together. I absolutely love the title and theme and content of your blog, and I am so thankful you took time to comment here. All the very best to you both. “Intrepid motion” indeed.

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Nadeja Gerasimow March 9, 2012 at 7:44 am

Hi Chris, I remember when I first learned how to operate a computer that would digitize patterns, in the clothing industry…it blew me away!!! I was in awe of what our minds can do…there is no limit to what we can learn. From then on I never feared any computer:):)! Congratulations, and has been said before…”Live long and prosper”.
In Love, Nadeja

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Christopher Foster March 9, 2012 at 11:40 am

Oh my Nadeja. A computer that could digitize clothing patterns. Now that sounds a bit scary to me without any doubt. I’m kind of glad you handled that one and not me:-) Thank you so much for your comment and I send you blessings and love from Colorado.

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Corinne Rodrigues March 9, 2012 at 10:02 am

Hi Christopher – congratulations on the new computer and I’m so glad you’re enjoying it. My big challenge in the recent past has been moving to Wordpress and getting all my posts and comments to move with me. It’s taking time but I’m enjoying working things out – so much to learn.
Isn’t it wonderful that life can be a continuous process of learning and growing if we allow it to be so?
Love to you and JoAnn from both of us.
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Christopher Foster March 9, 2012 at 11:29 am

So nice to hear from you again Corinne, and share something of your own journey getting set up at Wordpress. I do wish you all the very best with your own changes, yes, attitude is everything isn’t it? And most of all thanks for your love and JoAnn and me send our love right back to you and your loved ones. Good to share this one life with you.

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Zinedine March 10, 2012 at 4:50 am

Challenges and games were always pushing me over my limits!
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Noch Noch | be me. be natural. March 10, 2012 at 6:43 am

I loved that story. It’s those little things, once we put our minds to it, we can do it. My challenge was building my blog actually. It was daunting, when I first researched establishing my own domain and wordpress etc. But once I decided to do it, I had a blog! 🙂
Noch Noch
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Christopher Foster March 11, 2012 at 4:21 pm

You are living an inspiring life Noch. I feel deeply the privilege of knowing you, the mysterious magic that brought us into contact with each other across the (many) miles. Be well and thank you for your comment.

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Jocelyn Kline March 10, 2012 at 9:18 pm

I am 58. A year ago I realized I did not have a plan for my life. I am single and discovered that it is important to have a plan. I have always loved knitting . It is one of my passions. I worked it into my ‘plan’.

Last August I opened a small yarn shop. I didn’t take the time to write a business plan so I took some of my hard earned money to buy some stock and pay the rent. I also have a full time job with decent pay and good benefits. I worked full time and part time at my shop. The rest of my plan was to work this for a year and reassess the business.

I actually ended up reassessing my job and decided it was time to retire and grow my business. I find I am so much stronger than I ever thought I was. This little shop full of yarn gives me so much happiness and security. I have found many new friends and so much support from people I don’t even know.

Sometimes I feel like I don’t know what I did to deserve this but then I realize it is because of the decisions I’ve made. I can say truthfully… I am very happy and proud of my ‘plan’.

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Christopher Foster March 12, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Jocelyn, what a beautiful story. Thank you so much for sharing it. What a great plan. You trusted the wisdom of your own heart and it all worked out didn’t it. Hey. I’m working on a plan of my own, can I consult you sometime if I get a bit stuck:-)?

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Linda/Positive Spin March 11, 2012 at 5:49 am

This comment has inspired me and reassure me that writing is my way to go. I love my blog and all my writing projects but I sometimes wonder if I’m being selfish spending so much time on them. Your story tells me otherwise!
I’d love to visit your shop and meet you, Jocelyn, but I imagine you are across the pond from me. Meanwhile, thanks for the smile you’ve brought me today, as spring emerges here in the UK.
Warm wishes,
Linda
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Evan Griffith March 17, 2012 at 8:49 am

Christopher —

I’m late to this post . . . but immediately had to run over to your Support button and make a donation. I was waiting for your book to come out, but can’t wait any longer to say in the most emphatic way (a donation) how much each of your posts means to me. Something as commonplace as upgrading to a new computer , in your hands, is transformed into this beautiful nugget:

“Life really does want us to expand our boundaries.”

Thank you again you Happy Seeker!

Evan
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Christopher Foster March 17, 2012 at 7:43 pm

I hardly know how to thank you Evan. This is so very kind and generous of you.

I want you to know that as happens once in awhile, I was feeling just a tad discouraged yesterday for some reason about my blog. I will have been at it three years this May. I thought to myself, is it economically viable for me, is it really worthwhile, is there a path forward. And so on.

Then I woke up this morning with an email about your donation and my heart really sang.

Keep doing my best. Trust life (as we have discussed). And leave the rest to God. Thank you friend. A privilege to know you.

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Karen March 31, 2012 at 9:08 pm

Improving your self confidence may be one of the most difficult things you ever do, but remember, it’s not impossible. It seems we all have this little voice in our heads that at times, tells us we’re not good enough, or we’ve had a few experiences that ended up less than favorable when we put ourselves out there.
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