There was a lingering cloud of blah hovering over me for too long. I was making too many excuses, had a terrible attitude, and was playing the pity me card far too often. So I knew I needed to make some changes and also have a good push to finish the last month teaching in South Korea.
When I stumbled across the 30 challenges for 30 days and read the pitch I was completely sold. At $20 I do believe it’s a bit overpriced but it’s a 100 page document filled with detailed information about the 30 challenges, the benefits of the challenges, and a spreadsheet to keep track of your completion.
Twenty dollars could easily be spent on other things that wouldn’t help change habits … restaurants, new clothes … Plus, thirty days is the perfect amount to build some new habits. I was ready.
First, let me confess and say I haven’t done every challenge. [Insert every excuse here] The challenges I am completing are only happening on weekdays, so yes I could do better.
Yet isn’t the saying We could always do better only justify behavior and habits that we aren’t implementing? It’s too easy to shrug off the things we should be doing and put it off for “tomorrow”.
Acknowledging this mindset and realizing that changes needed to happen now has really helped me start things I have continued to put off.
I’m not going to give all the challenges away, (you can message me for more details if you are interested), but I am going to share some of the challenges that I’ve been committed to and how they have changed me. Too cliche? Be prepared, there’s more coming!
The one challenge that I’ve been doing that hasn’t gotten any easier is the cold shower every morning. Now we’re not talking about a luke warm shower for a few minutes then finishing off with a hot one. This is a ice cold shower, full body emerged and a few good splashes to the face. Not. Fun. However, it’s exhilarating.
When Chelsea Dinsmore talked about taking daily morning, freezing cold showers she really said it best, “my mind starts to tell me maybe tomorrow might be better for this, stop don’t do this, everyday my mind tells me I can’t do it, every single day when I take a cold shower I remind myself I can do what my mind says I can’t…” Her words have often crossed my mind when I’m hesitating and have helped me conquer the doubt.
As silly as a cold shower sounds, it makes such a difference. My body feels awake, my mind is clear, I feel like I could complete any task.
It’s a quick way to challenge your mind and really prove that you can do anything. Try it! It’s gonna suck, I’m not gonna lie but prove to yourself you’re stronger than your mind. See what happens.
Sometime in my 20’s the Law of Attraction found me. I actually distinctly remember the person who told me about it and where I was, so that’s cool.
The Law of Attraction taught me a lot of things and has honestly forever changed my life.
It became my religion. I can testify of several events that have occurred because of it.
I did really well applying the Law of Attraction for many years and then it slowly slipped away. Would it be too ironic to say the years I wasn’t using it were some unhappy years?
What I’m getting at is there are a few challenges that fall in line with the Law of Attraction: Conquer Self-doubt, Fear, and Negativity.
One is writing a short list of things you are grateful for. It really helps eliminate negativity and helps you appreciate the things you already have.
I like writing things specific to the present, not from the past or future. It causes me to ponder on the moment and really value the small things.
There’s a mantra that I read three times in front of the mirror (after the cold shower –Feeling Alive!). You’d think I’d have it memorized by now.
A couple of lines are “I am the master of my own destiny … I believe anything is possible …”
Looking at yourself, in the eyes, is a powerful thing.
When we truly get to know ourselves we are closer to reaching our full potential which will lead us to a happier life and a more confident self.
These are only a few of the thirty challenges. 30 may be a magical number. I have established some amazing habits! I feel happier. I feel more content. My confidence has grown. My attitude is more positive. The list could go on and on.
I wanted to tell you about my experience but I didn’t want to rave or receive kudos for my accomplishments. Although, maybe a pat on the back for that cold shower every morning would be nice.
I want to share with you that we are all guilty of being lazy. It’s easy to get stuck in a slump. Bad habits are very difficult to break and replace with new, improved ones. But…
It’s possible! It’s possible to change. You can create a new routine and start your day off with “a bounce in your step”. You can be the person you want to be. Will it be easy? Probably not. Will you miss a day? Totally!
The important thing to remember is it will never get better, you will never be happier, or more fit, or healthier, or [insert whatever goal you have here] until you start. Just start!
No one can make you. No one but you! I warned you there would be more cliches.
You have all the power! Isn’t that exciting? Do what you need to do to be the person you want to be. Do what you need to do to be the person you want to be.
If you need any suggestions to get started, let me know. First, start with that cold shower! Then we’ll talk.