Have you ever heard of the 30 day challenge? I first heard it on TedTalk around 2017 and I loved the idea! Here is the talk below:
His short lighthearted talk offers a new way to think about setting and achieving goals.
It is about saying: “I am willing to try. I am willing to push aside any natural thoughts or fears that you all may be judging my mistakes and critiquing my technique.” This life was never meant to compare our ourselves with others, but to connect with them. Our fears of perfection and judgment will fade as you develop your talents – whether you believe you’re talented in them or not. We are leaving legacies on every page of our lives. “Doubt not, fear not.”
I believe this idea so fully. Trying something new and continuing to practice it day by day is what makes life so enjoyable! The fact that life has SO much to offer us and we have the privilege to experience it all.
He mentions that small, sustainable changes are more likely to stick. You don’t need to choose some outrageous goal (although you very well could, because we can do anything in just 30 days!). But you can also keep it small and simple. The question Matt Cutts asks at the end of his talk is, “What are you waiting for?” He points out that the next 30 days are going to go by, whether you challenge yourself or not.
So here is my list of things I would like to try or subtract from my life for 30 days. Write down any that stick out to you!
- Take 10,000 steps a day
- Stretch every morning
- Write a thank you letter
- Read scriptures
- Wash my face
- Write down 3 things I’m grateful for
- Pray out loud
- Compliment my husband
- Call an old friend (not text)
- Meditate once a day
- Do yoga
- 30 minutes of exercise
- Be vegan
- Write a blog post
- Take a video
- Read in a book
- Take a picture a day
- No TV
- No sugar
- No caffeine
- Learn to Juggle
- Try a new instrument
- Learn 20 constellations
Keep a 30-day challenge journal and ask youse
- What was the hardest part of the challenge for you?
- Do you feel like participating in another challenge? Would you want to do them back-to-back, or would you rather take a break in between?
- Did you notice what Cutts did, that your month was more memorable?
- Would you do a challenge again? If so, would you add or subtract something this time?
- What is something you learned about yourself during the challenge that surprised you?
Comment below any that come to mind that you don’t see in this list. I would love to hear them!