Challenge #3: Applying to be a Convenience Store Model – Social Skydiving in Japan

You can read more about this social skydiving/rejection therapy experiment here.

Have you ever considered the untapped job market potential for being a convenience store model in Japan? Well I have too. Or so was the premise of this challenge…

For my third challenge of social skydiving, I walked into a Family Mart convenience store in Japan, and tried to apply to be a convenience store “model.”

I don’t know if such a thing exists or not, but I thought it would be a ridiculous thing to ask. And it was.

The thing that made this challenge particularly tough was my lack of motivation to do it. I had missed a couple of weeks of doing challenges and my motivation was quite low.

In fact, looking forward to doing this challenge after work was like looking forward to getting teeth drilled. In one way, I knew it was the right thing to do, because it was part of my goals for challenging fears and improving. But the bit of fear that existed actually put me off to doing it.

It felt really satisfying to challenge that feeling.

Another interesting element was that after doing that Happy Birthday in McDonald’s video, I honestly felt like I had set the bar really high to what would count as a challenge. This made me want to put off doing any new challenges until I could do something good.

What I had forgotten was that what’s more important than doing something really well, is keeping that momentum going. No matter how small that momentum it is.

It’s much better to get out and do something than nothing. In the case of social skydiving, as long as you are going + .001 outside your comfort-zone, you are not only expanding your comfort-zone, but you are also maintaining the important habit of keeping the process going.

I was really happy to pull that lawn mower chain and get things started again.

That’s all for today.

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