What is the 30 Day Challenge?

23 08 2008

I’ve had a lot of time on my hands the past 7 weeks. I promise, I’m not gloating about that. (OK, maybe a little.) I decided when the last school year ended that I wanted to do some things to really change my life. I think a lot (maybe too much) and I realized that, for the most part, I do the same exact thing every day and some
of that stuff I do isn’t very productive. I wasn’t really living life, just kind of killing one day at time with nothing to really show for it. And now I can say that after 7 weeks….nothing has really changed. I’m waking up halfway through the day, playing video games, wandering around, watching lots of TV… nothing that I look back on and think that it was a summer to remember.

So here it is: my reboot. I’m going to give this a go one more time and try to start really wowing myself and being productive and proud of my day to day activities. Today is the day that I start my first 30 day challenge. What is the 30 day challenge? It’s a great idea that I successfully stole from a website. The author said that he stole the idea, so I guess it’s fair. His point was that a lot of people try to make big life altering changes to their life and ultimately fall back into their usual routine because they discouraged. I don’t know how many times I’ve joined a gym, said I was going to eat healthier, stop watching so much TV, work less, call home more often, etc etc etc. It’s hard to get out of that routine because it you actually have to turn off the autopilot. Saying that you’re going to go to the gym every day forever is a HUGE change… one that seems almost impossible to keep up forever. It’s a plan destined for failure. So instead, why not just challenge yourself to do something for 30 days. Go to the gym for 30 straight days. Don’t eat sugary foods for 30 days. Wake up a half hour early for 30 days. These are achievable goals. After 30 days, you then have the option to keep going because you enjoyed your success, or stop because this change isn’t for you. I think more often then not, you’ll see that you want to continue.

So today I start my first 30 day challenge for myself: this blog. It’s not a huge deal but it’s something that I’ve tried and failed at a few times. I’m going to write a decent post every day for the next 30 days. I need some kind of creative outlet and since I haven’t an artistic bone in my body, I figured writing is something to channel that energy into. I really enjoy writing but I never really had a purpose for it. I’m still not quite sure what that purpose is, but I hope you’ll stay with me and I think after 30 days, there will be a more definite focus.

Let me know you’re here and reading… comment on my stuff… I like the attention!
Most of all, let me know what your own 30 day challenge is going to be. I need ideas for my next one.

Day 1: In the bag.




One response

24 08 2008

i’m reading!

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