1 (Hot) Challenging Day. 29 To Go.
3 Rules To Make Challenges Easier
It’s 9:11 pm right now when I’m starting to write this post while one of my cats, Soul, relentlessly asks me for a treat.
I woke up at 5:20am this morning after having an interrupted and hot night (temperature wise, just saying).
I’ve been doing the Bulletproof Diet for 35 days (without any significant sign of improvement on my weight loss — yet).
For the past 14 days, I’ve experienced one of my «Top 3 Most Intense and Challenging Philosophical Life Episodes» (long true story).
Today I had a very mental day while designing the next online coaching program of The Excitement Movement.
And it has been a hot day here in California (me no like heat).
There are more interesting details going on right now in my life, but I won’t bore you with them, because these are enough for you to get that… I don’t feel at all as writing this post. Or any other, for that matter.
Still, I am writing it.
Because I set myself a challenge.
I’m writing at least 500 words per day, as part of the 30 day challenge that Jeff Goins created to support writers (real and wannabes) to get “more disciplined, hone your craft, and finally become the writer you’ve dreamed of being”. You can check it out here.
By the way, up to here, I’ve written 237 words.
At least 263 to go now.
A challenge is just an idea, a game you make up in your mind, and you know you can stop the game at any moment… but there’s a psychological component to it that activates a subconscious commitment, and makes quitting a thought you avoid at all costs.
Even though I rather research about spirituality than psychology, the second one is also attractive to me and I did my homework on the subject, to make this post more valuable to you.
And I found this TED talk (with 7,658,286 respectable views), where Matt Cutts, an engineer at Google explains the power of 30 day challenges, and how the concept helped him to go from being a Mr. Average in the past ~and a couch potato, in his own words~, to hike up Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa.
I’m considering watching it tomorrow morning AFTER writing #My500Words first thing after waking up (no way I’ll leave my writing for the end of the day tomorrow again!).
406 words. But who’s counting?
By the way, 10:01pm (including research). 94 words to go.
I’ve done many 30 day challenges. Some with a higher “success rate” than others. But I’ve always gained great value from them. Really.
Give them a try. Here you have…
3 Basic Rules That Have Worked For Me To Live My 30D Challenges
1. Set your Intention and play from Awareness
Declare a higher intention, not only for the end result but for your whole process: connect to a why that excites you and it has meaning for you. Be aware of your inner process — not only the tangible results — so you increase the benefits you’ll get from it. Don’t do it just because, or in an automatic mode.
2. Get an accountability partner
Don’t be a lone ranger. Get support. Make yourself accountable so you make it easy to continue, and harder to quit (pier pressure is a theme not only when you’re in high school).
I chose my teenager son, because he’s doing his own challenge, we can support each other, and I can also use whatever comes up during the challenge as seeds to keep supporting him in expanding his consciousness ;-)
And because failing to a child is the last thing a parent wants to do.
Jeff Goins challenge also offers access to a Facebook Group community you can use as support. Once you register for his challenge (his daily emails offer interesting value as well), you’ll get the info to request access to the group.
3. Prepare yourself ahead
Will you need some resources? To set agreements with someone in you family or a partner? Adjust your schedule? Don’t get too picky, but do your best to have it all done in advance before starting your challenge.
Well… 718 words. WooHoo!
You see? After a while, the challenge is not a task «you must do», but an activity you enjoyed so much, you forgot is 10:26pm and you still need to do the dishes 🙄
You might not have read my D3 post from yesterday. I gave away this gift, but you won’t miss it because here you have it. To your expansion. And mine ❤
Today is D4 of #My500Words 30 day challenge. Please feel free to sneak around my different publications for more posts both in English (obviously not my mother tongue) and Spanish (yes, you guessed it right). And maybe even visit my two Instagram accounts, full of… service and value: @evelyneyes and @theexcitementmovement