I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions. I think if you want to change something, change it today and don’t wait until the New Year.
– Georgina Bloomberg
I stopped making New Year’s Resolutions a long time ago. Instead, I do a monthly challenge.
The other day, I mentioned I was going to do two more challenges as we enter a new calendar month.
If you’re new to taking on a challenge idea, I suggest you begin your 30 day challenge at the first day of the month or on Monday for a 7 day challenge.
That way, tracking progress toward the end date is easy.
Of course, you can start any day of the month. There’s no constraint. No hard rules.
Also, it doesn’t matter what challenges each of us takes on.
What matters is you choose one that’ll improve your life and commit to it for 7, 10 or 30 days straight.
A monthly challenge is hands down my favourite way of improving myself. I’ll take them any day over New Year’s Resolutions.
A 30-Day is More Achievable Than a Year
How many times have you felt like a loser at the end of the year?
Your new year starts with tons of ambitious goals you want to achieve by the year-end.
More than half of them were unfulfilled goals from the previous year because, well, things didn’t work out as you had planned (again).
They’ll likely be on your Next Year’s Resolutions list yet again.
You know the feeling, right?
But when you start a monthly challenge, you only have to look back 30 days.
Not happy with your progress in the past 30 days? You can start afresh fairly quickly, pick yourself up and say:
Come on, it’s only a month – let’s do it!
And you get to work the following month (or the following day), not the following year.
Monthly Tracking is Far More Effective
….. for our focus and productivity.
It’s also more fun.
You can replace your current challenges or add a new one at the beginning of the month.
And by reviewing how each challenge helps you improve yourself regularly, you get more motivated to follow it through than otherwise.
Tracking progress regularly and celebrating a small win (or several small wins) is a cornerstone to achieving goals.
I have a Google calendar print out where I can see every day and draw 5 stars each day I complete the challenge.
Nothing makes you more motivated than seeing your calendar filled with stars after stars!
You Learn to Make Good Choices
Every time you think about challenges to take on and commit to them, you make a conscious decision.
You’re attuned to thinking about the areas of your life that need improving.
You become self-aware and make wise choices with your time and energy.
At the end of each month, you feel happier and more fulfilled.
Coasting through life is no longer you.
With each challenge idea, living proactively and intentionally is where you’re at.
Have I convinced you why it’s time to forget New Year’s Resolutions and instead write down Challenge Ideas?
Below are 23 challenge ideas to get you started.
23 Challenge Ideas
If you’re wondering why 23 ideas, not 100+ ideas, you know what happens with too many choices.
You suffer from the paradox of choice.
So you end up doing nothing.
I don’t want to write 100+ ideas for the sake of writing them.
Instead, I thought I’d list challenges I’ve done myself. Some have become my daily routines since.
None of the ideas below are overwhelming. Plus, they’re very flexible.
Some of them may not be for you, but that’s okay.
You can come up with your own challenge ideas that you’ve been thinking about taking on.
Also, there’s no hard rule.
For example, you can do fasting for 1 day or 7 days.
Every idea on the below is doable and beneficial.
Let’s get to it.
1. Wake up at 5 am
2. Make your bed first thing in the morning
3. Set a bedtime and stick to it.
4. Write a journal
5. Write down all your expenses
6. Read one chapter of a non-fiction book a day
7. Play the piano for 30 minutes (replace the piano with a musical instrument you want to learn)
8. Research and add one book to your reading list
9. Drink half a gallon (2 litres) water
10. Give up alcohol
11. Cook a meal
12. Give up coffee
13. Do fasting
14. Go without sugar
15. Skip watching TV
16. Take a power walk for 30 minutes without your phone
17. Say one thing you’re grateful for every time you brush your teeth
18. Stand in front of the mirror in the morning, smile and say:
It’s going to be a great day!
19. Be the first to smile and say hello
20. Do 100 squats
21. Do 100 jumping jacks
22. Do the stomach vacuum (you can do it anywhere, sitting or standing)
23. Do a tree post for 30 seconds to 1 minute for each leg.
If you want to improve your life, a 30 Day Challenge is a must-do.
A 30 Day Challenge will ensure continuous improvement and enable you to live intentionally and consciously.
You’ll also strengthen your self-discipline muscle by doing the challenge every day and seeing it through for a full month!
Imagine doing something amazing for your life for 30 days straight. That’s the magic of taking on challenges.
Even tiny improvement each day compounds day after day and creates a better version of you.
♣ Since this post, I’ve posted 100 30-Day Challenge Ideas, most of which I’ve attempted. I’m building the list to keep pushing boundaries. I invite you to join in!
• 100 30-Day Challenge Ideas that will Change Your Life
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