Happy New Year Everyone,
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday with your loved ones. It is the beginning of January so I am here to talk about resolutions…of course 😉
I have never been too keen on making resolutions. I always came up with an idea, like stop drinking soda or going to the gym more…you know…the usual, but those resolutions fell through the cracks most of the time. But two years ago, in January 2016, I gave myself a task of doing mini 30 day resolutions/challenges. After testing it out, I can honestly say that these mini challenges have been incredibly helpful and have made a big impact on my life. I hope the information I share here, can be useful to you as well!
Some other challenges I did it the past two years: read a book (3x); WHOLE 30 diet; attend Barre3 classes 3 times a week for a month, walk five miles every day for a month, run 3 times a week for a month, no alcohol for a month, no soda for a month (4x), doing 30 squats a day for a month, practice German on Duolingo every day for a month.
HOW TO KEEP YOUR NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS
- GO 30 DAYS AT A TIME
I did all of these challenges to improve myself or to learn something new along the process and I loved the variety. It is much easier to focus on 30 days than a full year. And this doesn’t mean you have to stop after 30 days. You can restart the process, make it more challenging every time, but make sure you go one step at a time no matter what your goal is. It makes it more doable and less frightening.
Some of the challenges I did became part of my life. Some others did not stick and I only wanted to do 30 days of them but doing them for a full month made me feel accomplished. For example, I did a no chocolate month once and it was a great detox for my body but I have no intention on giving up chocolate fully. But after 30 days, my body didn’t craved it as much so it was easier to eat less of it which is a good thing for my health in the long run.
2. BE SPECIFIC
It is the same concept as writing down your goals. You have to write down specific details for yourself to be able to fully focus on them. For example, instead of saying: I will go to the gym this year, you should say: I will go to the gym on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Specifying will help you stay focused and motivated, it will help with consistency and because of that you will slowly create a new habit that can stick with you in the future.
3. CHALLENGE EACH OTHER WITH A GROUP OF FRIENDS, 2-6 PPL
The November Challenge was the first 30 day challenge I did with a bigger group of people. I wasn’t expecting to see so many people sign up for it but we ended up having 48 people in the group. Next time I want to try it out only with people I know and a smaller group for sure. The challenges varied per individual. The point was that everyone can focus on their own needs but we are there to support each other.
There were so many fun challenges:
- Yoga/ meditation challenge
- One of my best friends switched from coffee to tea
- Decreasing sugar intake
- 2 L of water/day
- My sister worked on her paintings 10 minutes every day
- Working out – running, weights
- Reading a book
- Writing a novel (#NANOWRIMO National Novel Writing Month)
- Someone worked on their own business (Find her on FB as One Hungarian Girl)
- Eating more veggies
- Writing down one positive thought a day
- We had someone do a snark-free month (Check her blog out at Outside of Ordinary)
- A friend of mine did a Candida diet and worked on her English
- Stretching every day (Find his YouTube Channel at Sportnetworking)
- Not going out to eat for 30 days and cooking their own meals
- Using the stairs for 30 days instead of the elevator
- Only drinking water
- One of my friends did a: “I will go to all my classes this month” challenge to make sure not to ruin her grades in her last semester of college.
- We had a mom in the group who decided to prepare her kids meals the night before school and put out her clothes for the next day which helped her get on the road easier the next morning. (Check her blog out at Momma Tammy)
I started the group because I wanted to see the difference in doing something by myself vs. having moral support besides my husband. I can honestly recommend it! Create a Viber or text group of 2-6 people, learn what everyone’s goal is and motivate each other for 30 days. Then if you feel like it, keep going with the same goal next month or come up with something new.
4. DON’T PICK ANYTHING OVERWHELMING. GO ONE STEP AT A TIME AND GRADUALLY MAKE IT MORE CHALLENGING. IT WILL SLOWLY BECOME YOUR HABIT, AND YOU WILL STICK TO IT LONGER
You don’t have to pick a challenge that takes up your day or requires you to turn your life upside down. For example: If you want to go work out, don’t just say: “This year I will work out every day!” If you do that, you will most likely give in before February because you will exhaust yourself, there will be a rainy day when you skip, and then the next day you will be like: Well, I skipped yesterday, so I guess I will skip today as well etc…I have been there.
Instead, try to approach it like this: “For the next 30 days, I will work out two times a week. Then in February you can go three times a week and so on. It will help you adjust and will help you create a habit and stick to it longer. Go one step at a time and build a strong base that you can build on in the future.
WHY IS IT FUN TO DO 30 DAY CHALLENGES AT A TIME?
- Has variety so you don’t get bored
- Challenging and exciting
- You can have a sense of its beginning and end so it is easier to stick with it
- What are your resolutions for 2018?
- Do you think this can be a helpful approach to keep resolutions going?
- Tag #myredtravelshoe in your 30 day challenge posts on Instagram 🙂