2013 is gone, and 2014 is here. We're now 14 days into, what will certainly be, the best year yet. But it's up to you to decide why. Start thinking now about what you want to change/do/become for your February #30daychallenge.
Read and fill in the following sentence...
"I'm going to show 2014 who's boss! This is my year! To start it off right, for the entire month of February, I will _________ every day, for 30 days."
Now get your butt out there and do it. If you've set New Year's Resolutions, or a doing a 30 day challenge for January, keep going strong! Don't get behind! There is power in daily discipline to accomplish the things we set out to do. Likewise, there is a feeling of disappointment that comes when we don't follow through with our goals. 30 day challenges are designed, built and intended to make you feel like King of the World everyday, by breaking even the largest goals (lose 75 lbs by Summer) down into small, manageable, daily goals, like exercising everyday for 30 minutes for 30 days.
I've had interesting experiences with my own personal 30 day challenges the last few months. I have learned so much and grown as well. Rather than go on and on about what I've actually done in December and January and what I've learned (if you still want to hear it, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!), I thought I would boil down and distill what I've learned about 30 day challenges and what makes them successful. I guess my hope is that I can save you some of the learning curves I've gone through.
Steps to Change your life, in 30 days:
1) Get serious. Get excited. This will literally not work if you are not itching and begging to get up everyday just to check off your daily goal(s). The more you plan what you will do in advance, the better. Some challenges require serious time coordinating and can be difficult to do when you are trying to "squeeze" it in at the last minute.
2) Pick the right things to do. I guess I could combine this with the first one, but it is so important that I thought it deserved its own point. A 30 day challenge should push you further than what you are already doing. But it shouldn't be impossible. Something I've learned in the last few months is to start with a large goal, then break it up into smaller goals -- 30 day challenges? Also, make sure your goal requires DAILY action. For example, in December, I had a goal to finish a book I wanted to read -- The Lost Symbol. I didn't do that. Not even close. And the reason it didn't work is because it wasn't broken down into a daily goal. Try writing your challenges like this:
"I will _________ every day, for 30 days!"
3) Write it/them down. You are 1 Billion times more likely to be successful when you take the time to write down your challenges/goals, and refer back to that paper/document often. I like to write it in as many places I can: in my journal, in my phone, on my blog, AND on my bathroom mirror with a dry erase marker. Everyday as I get ready, I can look and see exactly what I'm set out to do that day.
4) Get support/motivation. This one is completely up to you. If you can't find a way to motivate your self, then nothing will change. And motivation isn't something I can just give you. To finish final preparations, think about the WHY, not the WHAT of 30 day challenges. Think about why you are doing all of this in the first place. Is it to be healthier and live longer? Is it so that you can save up enough money to buy your dream boat? Find your motivation, and chase that feeling like it stole your purse and your baby. Refer to that feeling often, when times get hard, or it becomes easy to not get up and get going.
Then, go watch this:
5) Have fun. You are about to have the time of your life. And the cool part is that you will be doing, for the most part, things that you have always been doing. The difference is that each day you will feel successful. Starting in small, little insignificant ways, and then more and more as you accomplish more and more each day, each month, and each year.
There is so much out there. So much to do and see and feel and learn. Get out there and make a difference in your life and in the life of others!
Happy Life Changing!