Life gets boring when it stays the same.
When you become your routine; you forget who you are, what you like, and what you want to do in your life!
Why does this happen? How can you get your life back?
Well I found an interesting way to do just that! Plus you might find an adventure & self confidence along the way. Don’t we all need some of that :)
The formula for getting your life back
It’s easy to think of all the things you want in your life. The challenging part is making them come to pass. That’s where the 30 day challenge comes to save the day. This challenge is based on changing your habits every 30 days.
We all have bad habits that we want to conquer. To really change our lives; we have to focus on adding good habits too, like reading, exercising, socializing and more. It’s this simple:
- Stop your bad habit and completely eliminate it for 30 days OR
- Start your good habit and keep it going for 30 days
Trust me, this really works. If you stick with the change, the change will stick with you.
For the super brave readers, you can pull what I call a double whammy. The double whammy is a fight between good and evil. Sometimes it’s best to attack your bad habit, and build a good habit at the same time.
It works even better when you fight your bad habit with its natural opposite. For example, if you have a bad habit of eating out every day, fight back with a good habit of cooking at home!
Trying something new for 30 days
The 30 day challenge is a simple way to hack your habits and make positive changes in your life. To best illustrate the 30 day challenge in action, check out this short TED talk from challenge pioneer Matt Cutts:
As Matt said:
Its simple, think about something you have always wanted to add to your life and try it for the next 30 days. It turns out that 30 days is just about the right amount of time to add a new habit, or subtract a habit.
Lets talk real life examples of the 30 day challenge. Here’s how I switched it up:
I stopped watching TV every morning, and started reading instead. The extra TV time wasn’t adding anything special to my life. But reading helped me learn new things! Plus I feel a small since of accomplishment when I finish a book! win-win
- Fast Food/Cooking
Another bad habit was eating fast food. I thought it was about convenience; but then the shocking truth hit me, I didn’t know how to cook (not something out of a box, but like real food). So I started watching the food channel, youtube videos, & learned a few key recipes. My beautiful wife also taught me a few things :). In no time I was whipping up fresh, delicious, and nutritious meals. I can make a killer new orleans style red beans and rice
I also decided that I sit too much. I literally spent 80% of my day in a chair! So, I switched half an hour of watching TV for half an hour of walking. I also got materials to build a standing desk. With more time on my feet, I noticed that I sleep better and have more energy!
Fight off procrastination and instantly hack your habits!
We all drag our feet from time to time, especially when we are going after something big, or something we really want. Why do we do that? Maybe it’s because we start talking ourselves out of the plan. We focus on the what if’s instead of the simple steps towards victory.
I’ve learned that you have to follow through on your plans or goals regardless of the outcome. Don’t talk yourself out of it. It’s always better to go after something; to experience it from start to finish, to learn along the way, than to do nothing at all.
The great news is the 30 day challenge works wonders for changing habits. It’s short, sweet, and effective because small changes are sustainable. Here are some tips to make the 30 day challenge work for you. Just keep it simple:
- Focus on one habit change at a time per 30 days (or one double whammy habit change)
- Get support from those around you (let them know that your starting with the man in the mirror < shameless Michael analogy)
- Keep a journal of your progress and document your accomplishments
Remember, you’re on a journey to reinvent and take back your life! So when you feel like your talking yourself out of it, stop and and tell yourself “I’m going to follow through.” And if a bad habit is taking over your life, ninja kick that bad habit and stay strong.
You got this! Next thing you know, you’ll be making big steps towards the fulfilled life you have always wanted.
Over to You
Why not think about something you have always wanted to try and give it a shot for the next thirty days? Are you looking to get fit or lose fat? Do you want a new and improved life style? Try some of these 30 days challenges because they will get you there:
- Stop sitting and start standing
- Stop drinking soda and start drinking tea
- Stop going to the snack machine and start going to the grocery store
- Take a break from your TV and get outside to walk, run, play catch or throw a frisbee
I encourage you to have fun, read more, eat better, get moving, meet people, and live awesome! If you accept the challenge, lets us all know in the comments below.
Thanks for reading!
Overachievers Corner // When Average is Not an Option If you want to continue your mastery of habit change, there is a great book that I highly recommend. It’s called The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business. I hope to write a new post on this book alone because it’s that awesome.
It’s interesting that people succeed when they identify patterns, learn how to change them and shape their lives. This book is super informational and draws from recent research in applied psychology, experimental psychology, and neurology. The author; Charles Duhigg (a New York Times investigative reporter), outlines exactly how you can do the same for yourself to positively change your life.