Yesterday was my birthday. I’m now 34, and I want it to be a year of massive growth in all areas of my life. So I’m creating a brand new challenge that’s going to catapult me outside my comfort zone and force me to make big changes. I’m calling it the How I Changed My Life In 30 Days challenge, and I’m sharing the journey and results with you, and inviting you to join me.
"How I Changed My Life In 30 Days" Challenge
What it's all about
There are certain habits that have huge benefits – drinking more water, wearing sunscreen, eating healthier, regular exercise, etc. There are also particular habits that successful people have in common – self-discipline, long-term thinking, lots of reading, etc.
We all know about them but do we all do them? I know I don’t. But that’s about to change.
Every day for 30 days, I’m going to take on a new habit that promises positive results. Something that’s been proven to work or that seems, in my opinion, likely to work.
Then, at the end of the 30 days, I’ll report back on my findings. I’ll tell you how I fared, how I felt, whether I’d recommend it, and whether I’ll be sticking with it or ditching it.
What's up first?
Month 1 is getting up earlier.
I’m a night owl. Most of my motivation comes as we creep closer to the midnight hour. But I’ve been hearing and reading for many years now that one of the things most successful people have in common is that they’re early risers. They’re up with the sun, getting their best work done before most of us even hit the snooze button.
Mornings are not my friends. I feel grumpy, lethargic, and in need of about 9 extra hours of sleep (regardless of how many I actually got). It takes me a long time to feel fully awake and alert. That’s why I normally set my alarm for 7.20am even though I don’t have to be up until about 7.50. It’s to give myself half an hour to prise my eyes open.
During that time, I usually check emails and social media as a way to force my brain to focus on something. Then I get up, get dressed, and get my daughter ready for school.
This month though, I’m setting my alarm for 6.30am. Maybe that’s not early for some of you, but it’s certainly early for me. Like, “only if I have a flight to catch” early.
In an effort to make the transition a little easier on myself, I’m also going to avoid social media during that time and, instead, read a few pages of an inspirational book. I’m hoping that will start my day on the right foot so that I don’t just spend the morning going back and forth between dozing and hating everything.
In general? To improve my life. I see the same advice everywhere, and I know what I should be doing, but I don’t always follow through. So now, I’m putting it into practice, one habit at a time, so I can stop wasting mental energy thinking about it and actually determine once and for all whether it will work for me.
Why this early rising challenge specifically? I want to experience the benefits others do – enjoying the peace and quiet while everyone else sleeps, and getting more work done. (In fact, I’m writing this post while my husband and daughter are still in bed.)
I’m sick of sitting on the excuse that I’m a night owl. How can I know for sure if I’ve never given early rising a real go?
I don’t know about you, but I’m more likely to take advice from someone who’s actually been there, done that. From someone who’s walking the walk. Not someone who has a whole bunch of time and other resources on their hands, but someone like me, who has a job and a kid and various other responsibilities.
I also hate giving out advice that I haven’t tried myself, so this way I’ll be able to speak with confidence and experience on the things that may make a big difference in your life. I’ll be able to tell you what I think is worth investing your time and energy in, and what will give you the biggest return.
When does it start?
I’ve already started! Yesterday, May 20th, my 34th birthday, was Day 1 for me.
Can I join in?
Please do! I’ve started a Facebook group so we can all take the journey together. I’ll be sharing some tips and advice in there, as well as progress updates. And together, we’ll choose which habit we’re going to tackle for the following month.
Basically, it’s a support network and cheering squad all rolled into one. Let’s ALL change our lives, and help each other do it.
I’m going to update this post every few days to log my progress. I’ll note the time I woke up, the time I actually got out of bed, how tired I felt during the day (TDD) on a scale of 1 to 5 (1 being exhausted and 5 being fully alert), and how tired I felt at the end of the day (TED) on the same scale.
I’ll also make some notes if I think something may have affected the results.
So here goes:
Day 1: My birthday, so a pretty relaxed day overall
Updates as they happen! 😉
When the 30 days are up, I’ll post a video here (and on YouTube) that sums up the entire experiment and explains whether or not it was worth it, whether I’ll be sticking with it, and whether I’d recommend it. I’ll also be sharing what challenge I’m taking on for the following 30 days.
I’m excited to see where this adventure takes me and to know that, when I turn 35, I’ll have some excellent habits in place… and a few stories to tell. 😉
This is the year of exponential growth and learning.
This is how I changed my life in 30 days.
Are you in?
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