How To Change Your Life In Only 30 Days
You don’t have to be struck by lightening to have a life-changing experience.
Nor do you need to backpack through Nepal, quit your job to meditate in a cave or dedicate your life to helping orphans to make positive improvements in your life.
You can do it for free, without traveling anywhere and you can start right now.
All it requires from you is as little as 15 minutes a day for 30 days.
The 30-Day Challenge
You may have heard of the 30-Day Challenge – the internet is exploding with them.
If you haven’t, well the 30-Day Challenge is a method for making positive changes in your life by doing an activity every day for 30 days.
It can be anything from quitting smoking or limiting TV time to drinking more water or taking a walk outside.
Whatever it is, you challenge yourself to do it, no matter what, for 30 days. After 30 days, the activity becomes formed into a habit, one you can continue into the future.
Why It Works
The 30-Day Challenge uses discoveries in psychology and neuroscience that found the average time it takes people to form a habit is 21 days.
A habit is described as, “A recurrent, often unconscious pattern of behavior that is acquired through frequent repetition”.
And that’s exactly what you want when creating positive changes in your life that stick with you.
You also want to shake yourself up, get out of your everyday operating routines so you can have new experiences.
2 Types Of Challenges
There are two ways to do the 30-Day Challenge:
- The Habit Maker – For this style of 30-Day Challenge you will choose one thing and do it every day. By the end of 30 days you should’ve created an ingrained habit or broken a bad one.
- The Experience Creator – This style is the method to shake you up. You choose 30 different things and do a new one every day. It gets you doing things you wouldn’t normally do to expand your range of experiences – and enriching your life. You may learn you’re really good at playing the accordion and love it.
With slightly different goals, both methods of the 30-Day Challenge are still focused on changing your life for the better.
Ways To Stick With It
Motivation flags sometimes. You may get up one day and decide to throw your no sweets challenge out the window and smash a donut or three.
Yes, every day won’t be easy. So here’s some ways you can help yourself stay motivated:
- Bribe yourself – Set up a concrete reward like a present or activity that’s waiting for you at the end of 30 days. It’s amazing how much a bribe can motivate you.
- Enlist allies – Get a friend, coworkers or family members to do the challenge with you. Post your challenge online. There’s nothing more motivating that the fear of public failure and letting someone down – and plus, your friends aren’t going to let you slip.
- Set the goal – If you’ve only run to the refrigerator and back for the last 5 years, don’t plan to run a marathon. Set an achievable goal and set a goal that’s meaningful to you.
- Keep a calendar - Crossing off those days every day gives you concrete evidence you’re closer to your goal.
- Tell Yourself – Do a daily affirmation every morning. If you can’t think of one, try these.
So are you ready for the challenges? Which style are you going to choose?
Here’s a list of 50 3-Day Challenges:
- Stop smoking
- Take a walk outside
- Meditate for 10 – 15 minutes
- No sweets
- Drink 8 8oz glasses of water a day
- Read for fun
- Cook a new meal
- Listen to a song from a different music genre
- Compliment someone
- Play with your pet for at least 15 – 30 minutes
- Exercise for 20 – 30 minutes
- Tell nothing but the truth
- Keep a journal
- Declutter a room in your house
- Floss your teeth
- Donate old clothes
- No TV or only 1 hour a day
- No social media
- Make a DIY project
- Start a garden
- Think of one thing you’re grateful for
- Practice mindfulness for 10 – 15 minutes
- Learn to play a musical instrument
- Write a poem
- Learn about a foreign culture
- Listen to a podcast
- Watch a documentary
- No online shopping (unless for essentials)
- No caffeine
- Stretch every morning
- Eat only raw foods
- Practice yoga
- Learn a new word
- Read a poem
- Learn a new language
- Go outside and relax in nature
- Limit screen time (computer and phone)
- Play a solo sport
- Play a team sport
- Join a club or group
- Keep a dream diary
- Take a picture
- Draw, paint or learn how
- Do 50 sit-ups, pushups or both
- Write down one good or positive thought
- Smile at least once
- Listen to or watch a comedy routine
- Drink yerba mate or green tea
- Try a new hobby
- Face one fear (meeting someone new, bugs, small spaces)
Whichever way you decide to do your challenge and whatever you choose to do, stick with it.
You be amazed, and your life changed in both small and large ways after you finish your challenge.
And all it took you was 30 days.
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