Want a Change?? Start a 30-day challenge!

It’s that time again. This month’s drawing to a close, and a shiny new one lies in wait, filled with another delicious opportunity for a 30-day challenge.

At Dreambigstartsmall, we LOVE 30-day challenges.

Here’s why we’d invite YOU to start one this month.

 

Firstly, the Idea.

It takes roughly 30 days to form a new habit.

And there’s 12 months in year. So that’s 12 opportunities to grow stronger. Or 12 weaknesses to transform into strengths. Or 12 awesome habits to become the best you can.

So, the 30-day challenge.

You commit to doing one small thing, every day, for 30 days. It could be a 4-minute Tabatan exercise when you wake up, 5 minutes of meditation, a 15 minute walk, or 20 minutes of reading. Start small. But every single day.

Perhaps you’re thinking “But, I don’t have the discipline to do a 30-day challenge. Wah!!”

I’m telling you right now, YOU DON’T NEED DISCIPLINE. Discipline is something you build. It’s a character trait you grow by DOING a 30-day challenge.

You don’t START with discipline. You build discipline along the way.

All you need to do now is commit yourself to doing one tiny thing, every single day, for 30-days. Why start small? Because we’re all human. At the start, we want to do MORE than we’ve committed to. But then a week down the line, when the initial motivation surge dips, you burn out.

By starting small, you unleash the power of the snowball effect – action motivates action. Once you get rolling, you won’t need to look back. Each time you do that thing, no matter how small, you motivate yourself to do more.

And with every box crossed on the calendar, you’re beasting up your discipline muscles.

But if it’s just 10 or 15 minutes a day, why bother?”

A tiny action everyday might not seem like much. But we always overestimate what we can do in the short term, and underestimate what we can do in the long-term.

A 4-minute Tabatan everyday, or a 20 minute walk to work… Alone, they mean nothing. But at the end of the month, with 30-days of work behind you, you’ll step back and see that you’ve come a long way from where you started.

In my 30-day drawing challenge, I was amazed at how much I’d improved.

 

Another reason?

Your success will start to spill over to everything else you do.

If you can improve your drawing skills in 30 days, or meditate for 30 days in a row, or commit to working out every day, then why can’t you start using this approach to other areas of your life?

Becoming the type of person that can set a goal, and achieve it, leads on to some truly beautiful things.

By the end of your 30 challenge, I bet you that you’ll think anything IS possible. You truly are the captain of your ship, and the master of your soul. (Deep.)

 

Why would I want to improve stuff like… drawing?! Come on,that’s pointless, I’m not an artist.”

No sir (or madam), you are not an artist.(Not that you can’t become one.)

And what I say is this: Everything in life is interconnected. Connections are everywhere. Maths is related to music. Art is related to business. And biology is related to basketball.

Trying and building a new skill or habit in a 30-day challenge gives you skills that help you out in every other area of your life. It might be a huge, noticeable difference. With working out, or meditating, or with eating healthy, the benefits will be obvious.

With others, the benefits might be more subtle. But by forcing your brain to think in different ways, you’ll start to think on a totally new level.

You start to form connections between topics that you wouldn’t have seen before. You think outside the box. You become more creative. Innovative.

But don’t take my word for it. Take a look at these people;

Leonardo Da Vinci: Inventor, painter, sculptor, architect, scientist, mathematician, engineer, author, anatomist, geologist, astronomer, botanist, writer, historian. The “father of paleontology”, and one of the greatest painters of all time.

Michelangelo: Architect, painter, sculptor, poet, writer.

Benjamin Franklin: Inventor, civil activist, diplomat, author, political theorist. Interested in natural sciences, literature, politics….

Thomas Jefferson: Architect, author, lawyer, musician, botanist, inventor, philosopher, political theorist, naturalist.

Isaac Newton: Mathematician, physicist, astronomer, theologian, alchemist, natural philosopher.

Brian May (Queen’s lead guitarist): Degrees in maths and physics. Animal activist, would finish astrophysics PhD after band’s success.

Clint Eastwood: Politician, musician, composer… oh, and an actor.

 

Now, we’re not competing with the historical greats. We aren’t aiming to have knowledge in fields as expansive as theirs.

What I am inviting you to do is to push yourself and to challenge yourself. Learn another language, learn some philosophical ideas, learn to play an instrument, be able to give inspiring speeches, write moving letters, meditate, paint, journal…  Whatever it is. Do it.

Get your brain thinking in another way, and develop your discipline muscles.

Choose things that have a meaning to YOU, or that you fancy giving a go. The goal isn’t to become awesome at everything. The goal is to become the strongest version of yourself.

So, how about it – the 30-day challenge.

Just remember:

  1. Start small. Even if you want to do 5 hours the first day, stop yourself, and stick to minutes. And that’s 20 minutes, every single day. If halfway through the challenge, you still want to do more, then go for it. Just don’t start out big. Build it up, and ride the snowball’s momentum.
  2. Have something to track your progress. A big-ass calendar, or maybe dreambigstartsmall’s calendar here.
  3. There will become a point where you don’t feel like doing it. Just remember why you started, and that discipline is a muscle. If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you. It’s not supposed to be super-easy, nor is it supposed to be super difficult.

And finally, how do we choose a 30-day challenge?

A good place to start is by asking “What change would have the biggest impact on my life?”

Is it time-keeping? Or getting enough sleep? Maybe it’s daily planning, or keeping up conversations…

Who do you want to become? Start a 30-day challenge that will take you there.

 

The time is going to pass anyway.

So what are you going to do with your time?

 

As always, Dream big, and start small!

Love you all,

Iain