Committing to a 30-day challenge is a great way of getting you on course to meet a personal goal. It can help you form new habits.
Accepting a challenge changes your level of accountability, so instead of saying, “I’m gonna try to do _______________,” you make a more specific commitment.
I’m going to do 20 pushups or walk 20 sit-ups a day for 30 days.
Or I’m going to eat out no more than one meal a week for a month.
- make it official and sign up for an online or in-person challenge
- put your word or money on the line
- tell friends and family
- get a buddy to join you
- or you can keep it to yourself
So what is something you want to accomplish? Would you like to be more organized, dependable, kind, considerate, happy, relaxed, or frugal?
Maybe you want to drink more water, eat healthier food, exercise, read more, or save money.
Committing to a short-term challenge is a great place to start.
When I first started working out, I had a hard time being consistent. Life always seemed to get in the way.
Signing up for an event, like a 5k, 10k, half marathon, or obstacle course race, helped me stay more committed. And signing up and training with a friend really helped too.
If there’s something you want, something you struggle doing consistently, a short term challenge can help you improve your habits.
We are what we repeatedly do. ~ Aristotle
What will it be? A mental challenge? Physical? Financial?
Pick one. Then set yourself up to rise to the occasion.
Make it something you’re willing to work for.
(See What do you want an how bad do you want it? to help you decide what you want.)
Need some ideas? Click here for 100 30 day challenge ideas to turn your life around.
I’ve signed up for a challenge: National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).
People from all over the world participate in this focused effort to write a novel of at least 50,000 words (a short novel, but still a novel.) in the month of November. That’s an average of 1,667 words a day.
That’s what I’m doing.
I invite you to pick a challenge and post it in the comments.
It doesn’t have to be big, it just has to be something you’re willing to focus on the change.