For those of you who either know me or have been in one of my training sessions, I am a pretty disciplined person.
Whether it be mind or body, I believe it is important to exhibit self-control.
Over the past year, I have included a new segment in my trainings, simply called,
The 30 Day Challenge
Why 30 days?
It is said that it takes about 30 days to form a habit.
The ones that are good for you require cultivation and determination.
The starting phase is the hardest, especially if you want to change an old habit into a new one.
This is why giving yourself a challenge, for a minimum of 30 days, is a great way to improve all facets of your life.
By definition, a habit can be good or bad, although one thing is for sure, it will take small steps, done consistently everyday, to make big changes.
Aristotle said it best:
Back in January I challenged myself to stop alcohol and caffeine for the month.
It is now mid August and I have yet to go back to caffeine. (Can you imagine me on caffeine – it was scary).
I am now 1/3 of way through my August challenge. Once again, no alcohol.
While it is hard, the benefits are obvious.
This past Friday night we had dinner with some new friends at a local hot spot.
The thought of not joining them in the festivities was daunting.
Well, the night turned out great; we had a blast and even wound up dancing late into the evening.
All without drinking.
I have greater clarity, sleep better, and I am experiencing a great sense of accomplishment.
There is a now famous TED speech by Matt Cutts that details his 30 Day Challenge that I have included in my training sessions and it always gets a great response.
At the conclusion of the video, I have all the attendees give me their 30 day challenge
(I have included a random sample below) then I schedule a follow up call 30 days later to see how they did.
My 30 day commitment is to read once a day, starting with a new book that I got for Mother’s Day called the “Butterfly Effect”.
I am writing in my journal
I’ll be waking up at 6am everyday for the next 30 days.
My 30 day challenge is to have my son potty trained by day 30.
My 30 day challenge is to “pick 3 wins for each day.”
My thirty day challenge will be the rubber band training.
For me it was no sugar.
To walk my neighborhood every day; which is about 3 miles.
My 30 day challenge is to walk the neighborhood daily…I commit to 3 miles a day.
I committed to: “Wear the Rubber Band – to stop negative thought and replace with positive vibrations”
My challenge effective today 5/14/14 is to ride my bike for 30 minutes per day =) Thanks! Yesterday was awesome, and I can’t wait to use it for our Sales Meeting this week!!!
My 30 days Challenge was to walk 15 minutes each day
Lose 10lbs in 30 days but cutting back on sugars/breads/sodas and running 30 minutes
I will walk every day for 15 minutes. Each day tell myself I am great.
My 30 day challenge is: Stay positive and smile everyday.
Get up 30 minutes earlier (5:00) so I can take more time to myself. Whether that’s preparing to reach my weeks objective or making a shake and taking the dog for a quick walk.
My personal self-challenge is as followed: 5:00am-5:45am workouts
Each day spend up to 30 minutes cleaning out cupboards, cabinets, closets, drawers at the house. I did my china cabinet last night. Had a drawer that had old cards and stuff in it. Gone!
30 minutes each day reading the bible to work on memory verses.
30 minutes exercise daily, focusing on the morning hours.
For most, the results after 30 days is life altering.
So now I ask you, what is your 30 Day Challenge?
Would love to hear from you.
And that’s what Nudelberg says!