Do you feel like you’re stuck in a rut? Or just ready to do or try something new? A fun way to spice up your life a bit is to set a challenge for yourself or follow an existing challenging that has been set up by others. Setting a challenge can be a great way to help you complete a difficult task you’ve been avoiding, reach a goal, or establish a new habit. It creates a sense of urgency – a deadline of sorts, and some accountability, especially if you share your challenge with others.
A challenge can be anything from committing to blogging everyday as part of a blog challenge, like National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) to losing 10 pounds in 30 days to simply to spending a day in silence.
Starting Your Own Challenge
1.) Determine your challenge: What do you want to achieve? Be as specific as possible. Losing weight for example isn’t as helpful as losing 10 pounds.
2.) Set a timeframe for the challenge, i.e., one day, 30 days, by the time I’m 30, 40, 50, in my lifetime, etc.
3.) Make it realistic. Set your sights high but don’t set yourself up for failure. Challenging yourself to lose 30 pounds in 30 days probably isn’t realistic, but losing 5 or 10 pounds in 30 days is possible. If you have a large goal, give yourself enough time. You want to be successful while still stretching yourself to achieve more.
One blog that I enjoy reading is Prolific Living by Farnoosh Brock. On her blog, Farnoosh is challenging herself to only eat raw foods for the next 30 days. Another post that I recently read on Upgrade Reality is 100 Crazy Things to Do Before You Die – and trust me, some of them are truly crazy. However, there are some great concepts and ideas you can take for making your own challenge.
I have started setting my own monthly goals on my personal blog for things I want to achieve that month but I am also going to take it a step further and set some goals of things I’d like to do or achieve before I turn 40 (I’m 38 right now). Inspired by Rocky Turner, founder of Mothers Fighting for Others, who created a similar list of 39 Things She’d Like to Do Before She Turned 40. Her list included some amazing things (like a phenomenal yoga pose) and some mundane (like visiting her dentist). So, for the next two weeks, I will be compiling a list of 39 things for my challenge. I have a few things that I know will go on the list but would love your ideas and suggestions, so please share them below!