23 Challenge Ideas (and Forget New Year’s Resolutions)

Incorporate New Year’s Resolutions into monthly challenges. And achieve something amazing today instead of waiting around till the New Year.

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 30-day challenge.

The other day, I mentioned I was going to do two more challenges as we enter a new calendar month.

New to taking on 30-day challenges?

Head over to this post where I’ve listed several benefits of taking 30-day challenges.

You’ll also find several reasons why you want to start today instead of waiting around till the New Year.

You can start your 30-day challenges any day of the month. And there’s no constraint. No hard rules.

Also, it doesn’t matter what challenges you take 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.

Here’s why.

A 30-Day Challenge to Change Your Life is Highly Achievable

Unlike New Year’s resolutions.

How many times have you felt like a loser at the end of the year glaring at your New Year’s resolutions?

You start a New Year with tons of ambitious goals you want to achieve by the year-end.

Come to the end of the year. You end up with half of your unfulfilled goals because, well, things didn’t work out as you had planned (again).

So, you put them back on your Next Year’s Resolutions list (again).

Bummer.

You know the feeling, right?

But when you start a monthly challenge, you only have to look back on 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 pronto, not the following year.

A 30-Day Challenge to Change Your Life is Effective in Tracking

Hence more fun.

You can replace your current challenges or add a new one at any given moment.

Effective tracking increases focus and productivity.

It allows you to celebrate a small win (or several small wins) which is a cornerstone to achieving goals.

The frequent performance review enables you to stay motivated and follow through.

And makes it that much easier to improve yourself than a yearly review of New Year’s Resolutions.

I have a Google calendar printout where I can see every day and draw 5 stars after completing the challenge.

I get a huge boost every time I see the calendar filled with 5 stars.

A 30-Day Challenge to Change Your Life Enables You to Make Good Choices

Every time you take on a self-improvement challenge idea, you do a quick survey of your life.

Which leads you to a conscious decision to improve your life.

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?

Not anymore!

Because a 30-day challenge enables you to live proactively and intentionally.

A 30-Day Challenge to Change Your Life Makes You Self-Confident

Achieving life-changing challenges ensures you overcome obstacles: self-doubt, laziness, or fear.

You learn that when you put your mind to it and give consistent effort day in and day out, you can achieve your goals.

That kind of self-confidence is the most powerful thing.

Because you’re ready for the inevitable life challenges ahead of you.

No matter what life throws at you, you embrace them and act proactively and positively.

You become healthier and bolder, feeling empowered, achieving your dreams and hopes.

You create the life you’ve always wanted.


Have I convinced you why it’s time to forget New Year’s Resolutions and 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 the challenges I’ve done myself. Some have become my daily routine since.

None of the ideas below is 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 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) of 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)

Stomach Vacuum Workout for Flat Abs

23. Do a tree post for 30 seconds to 1 minute for each leg.

Final Thoughts

If you want to improve your life, a 30 Day Challenge is a must-do.

A 30 Day Challenge ensures continuous improvement.

It enables you to live every day with intent.

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.

Incorporate New Year’s Resolutions into monthly challenges. And achieve something amazing today instead of waiting around till the New Year. 

♣ 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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