A few months ago, I felt like I was stuck in a rut, so I decided to step out of my comfort zone and try something new for 30 days. The idea is actually pretty simple. Think about something you’ve always wanted to add to your life and try it for the next 30 days.
It turns out 30 days is just about the right amount of time to add a new habit or subtract a habit — like watching the news — from your life.
There are a few things I learned while doing these 30-day challenges. The first was, instead of the months flying by, forgotten, the time was much more memorable. I also figured out that if you really want something badly enough, you can do anything for 30 days. Have you ever wanted to write a novel? It turns out, all you have to do is write 1,667 words a day for a month. So I did.
By the way, the secret is not to go to sleep until you’ve written your words for the day. You might be sleep-deprived, but you’ll finish your novel. Now is my book the next great contemporary novel? No. I wrote it in a month. It’s terrible.
But for the rest of my life, if I meet Wole Soyinka at a literary party, I don’t have to say, “I’m a content creator. No, no, if I want to, I can say, “I’m a novelist.”
So here’s one last thing I’d like to mention. I learned that when I made small, sustainable changes, things I could keep doing, they were more likely to stick. There’s nothing wrong with big, crazy challenges. In fact, they’re a ton of fun. But they’re less likely to stick. When I gave up alcohol for 30 days, day 31 looked like this.
So here’s my question to you: What are you waiting for? I guarantee you the next 30 days are going to pass whether you like it or not, so why not think about something you have always wanted to try and give it a shot! For the next 30 days.
Here is a couple of challenges I saw online.
1. Take a photo a day on your way to work.
2. Give a compliment a day.
3. Speak to someone new every day.
4. Keep a thought journal.
5. Write your dreams down every morning for 30 days.
6. Give up alcohol for a month.
7. Give up TV for a month.
8. Listen to a new song every day.
9. Spend five minutes focusing on your breath every day.
10. Take time out each day to watch your thoughts play out like a film — observing without judgement.
11. Be totally honest — so no lying for 30 days (harder than you think).
12. Draw or paint a picture a day.
13. Learn something new every day.
14. Teach others something new every day.
15. Think of your worst habit, you’ve been meaning to ditch and give it up for 30 days.
16. Drink eight glasses of water a day.
17. Ditch the news for a month and instead seek out an interesting article to read every day.
18. Spend five minutes a day repeating a positive affirmation you’ve set yourself.
19. Keep a laughter journal. Write down one thing a day that made you really laugh hard.
20. Go for a 15-minute run every day
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