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Welcome to Day 14 of the IN AWE 21-Day Challenge! Today we spark inspiration, meaning and joy with JOYFUL AWAITING.

“Anticipation of pleasure is a pleasure in itself.Sylvia Townsend Warner

CHALLENGE: We all need something to look forward to. By starting a countdown today, you’ll unleash the power of joyful awaiting… and that enthusiasm will only increase as the days tick down!

INSPIRATION: Here’s a little snippet from Chapter 12 of IN AWE:

Research shows we get more enjoyment out of something after we’ve had time to anticipate it. One such example was noted by George Loewenstein, a professor in economics and psychology at Carnegie Mellon University and director of the Center for Behavioral and Decision Research. He performed a study asking respondents: If they could receive a kiss from anyone they wanted, would they rather have the kiss today or three days from now?

Which would you choose? Well, the vast majority of respondents chose three days from now. They wanted something to be excited about. They understood the promise of joyful awaiting.

Anticipation, it turns out, is one of the things that make life so rewarding.

ACTION: Pick a date or event in the fall and begin a countdown. How many days remain until then? Joyful awaiting can be more encouraging when shared with someone in your inner circle, too!

Comment here (on this post) to inspire me and all of us taking the IN AWE Challenge together as a community. As you may have heard by now, I’m randomly selecting one commenter each day to win a copy of IN AWE!*

My friends, today is your day! Live IN AWE.
John O’Leary

Did you know? 
The 21-Day IN AWE Challenge is inspired by John’s forthcoming book IN AWE. Preorder your copy + follow all the fun behind the scenes at ReadInAwe.com.


*One winner will be selected every day until publication 5/5/2020.

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  • Shawn

    I’m sure this won’t be a popular response as it never seems to get too many likes on Facebook and after all, isn’t that how we measure everything these days? ha! Here it goes… only 212 days left until Halloween!! There, I said it. The absolute best day of the year for me, as a kid, was always Halloween! I know, most would say, are you crazy?! What about Christmas? Don’t get me wrong, what kid doesn’t love Christmas? But, Halloween.. a day when you could be anyone you wanted, no matter how crazy and instead of judgement or discerning looks, the neighbors actually encouraged you, smiled at you and gave you candy!! Yep, for me, it’s Halloween.

    • John O'Leary

      Ha! Shawn I have your back on Halloween man – a great way to live like a kid for a night!
      We’d like to send you a copy of IN AWE once it’s released in May. Please send an email over to brian@johnolearyinspires.com and include the best address to send to. Thanks!

  • Marie-Josée

    In 9 weeks, it will be our last car payment!! Woohoo!

  • Deanna

    Joyful Awaiting
    In exactly 126 days, is our hometown’s 15th annual trail run, at our local ski resort. My husband and I have been participating in this 10k, the last 6 years (I didn’t last year, because I had sprained my ankle. But, I volunteered to help.) So this year, I am looking forward on starting at 9200 feet and ascending to 11,819 feet. It’s a brutal trail run, but the accomplishment is so rewarding. Happy training for my husband and me.

  • Jill

    Going sturgeon fishing this August. I am SO excited. This happens in 5 months and 1.5 days from now. I look forward to this August trip each year. It’s warm, the beer is cold and the company is second to none. The campground is empty and we’re always in the sturgeon! Cheers to another best day! #inawe

  • Joy

    Joyfully Awaiting my 60th B~day, Nov 15! Planned a birthday trip after your challenge to have planned anticipation! Looking forward to it! Happy Happy Joy Joy

  • Judy

    Going to New York in September to see our son, daughter-in-law, and three grandchildren.

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