Challenge is a good thing. Without it, our lives can get dull easily as the daily grind takes over. We handpicked 7 different 30-day challenge, that will make a difference in your life as you complete them. Remember, a challenge is a chance to succeed in something outside of your comfort zone.
Pick one of these challenges!
With a 30-day challenge, you not only expanding your comfort zone but also building a habit of doing so. Each of them has a different difficulty, so it is easier to find the one that suits you the most.
- Listen to personal development podcasts. Motivational, inspirational, growth focused or business related messages from professionals in an easy to consume format? What more can you want? Shape your thinking with the Top 25 podcasts of 2015.
- Write short stories. Storytelling is a skill that benefits both our personal and professional lives. Regularly writing short stories are a proven way to increase happiness, develop a more positive world view and cope with difficult times. During the challenge try both fiction and non-fiction, see what suits you better. A website called 750words helps you keep track of the all the writing you do and even offer statistics about your progress.
- Learn a new skill or language. Playing a musical instrument, improving your social skills, getting better at drawing, practising photography or learning Italian are all excellent choices. This is probably the most difficult challenge on this list, but probably the most rewarding as well. My favourite is coding, that you can learn on websites like Codecademy. To learn languages online start a course on Duolingo.
- Get up earlier. Time is the scarcest resource in the world. A day is 24 hours long, so the only way to make a day last longer is to spend more time awake. If you pick this challenge, make sure you spend these extra hours productively.
- Read books. Reading fiction, non-fiction or even self-help books will keep your mind in shape. It not only improves memory and reduces stress but this is the most entertaining challenge on this list as well. Pick a few books and submerge yourself in them.
- Exercise. Regular exercise has its health benefits, both physical and mental. No matter if you want to build muscle, lose weight or squat for a round butt, there will be a challenge available for that. To pick one Darebee has one of the largest collections.
- The one thing you always wanted to try. Now is the time to see, if it is really for you. Pick the one thing you always wanted to do and do it for 30 days. This way you’ll have a better understanding of its details and see if it is really what you thought it would be. I always wanted to try video game streaming, so I did it for 30 days this May. It was a unique experience and I’m planning to do it on a large scale.
Tips on actually completing a 30-day challenge
- Keep track of your progress. The simplest way is to get a calendar, mark the first and the last day of the challenge. Each day put an X on the day when you made progress. This way you’ll see how much progress you made so far and how much is left.
- Scheduled work time. If your challenge requires only a certain amount of work each day, it is wise to specify a time slot for it. This way it is much more likely that you’ll get to work. The best timeslots are early morning or just after work.
- Get a partner. It is always easier to do something challenging with someone else. Seeing each other making progress will boost motivation. This can also work as an accountability partnership which brings me to my next point.
- Accountability and group accountability. If we are held accountable by others we have 25% higher chance to succeed. You can have an accountability partner who checks on you every day and report your progress to. But my favourite is group accountability. Create a group on Facebook or on other social media, invite some friends and ask them to hold you accountable. Make sure it is clear was is the goal of the group and what do you expect from them.
What challenge did you pick? Did you have any success complete a 30-day challenge before? What is the most difficult part of a 30-day challenge for you? Let us know in the comments!
About the authorGabor Hosszu is the founder and head article writer of Goals Infinite. Being passionate about personal development and helping others were the main reasons he launched this site. By trade Gabor is a mechanical engineer. His hobbies include being a chilli farmer, a video game nerd and a wannabe beer expert.