Day 365/365 – December 31
“Take on a 365 Day Challenge of Your Own”
This might sound like a tip that I’m totally only endorsing because it’s the final day of my 365 day challenge of writing a blog post every day for an entire year, and because i’m on this high…well, yeah, that’s part of it, but after conscious, non-emotional thinking over the past few days, this tip was a no-brainer. Sticking to a positive habit, ritual, and routine EVERY SINGLE DAY is not necessarily the easiest thing to do: there’s emotional states, unforeseen circumstances, and “life” that get’s in our way. But this is the exact reason why sticking to a 365 day challenge is so incredibly fulfilling.
A challenge like this grounds you, it holds you in a steady, logic based mind frame and gives you a healthy purpose to attend to for an entire year straight. This kind of momentum is hard to come by, which again, makes this tip so invaluable. The compound effect is truly amazing as well. People usually over estimate what they can accomplish today and underestimate what they can accomplish over a long period. A challenge like this truly showcases just how much we underestimate the power of time and consistency.
Lets use myself as an example. Writing a book sounds like a tall task, “So many words!” (average non-fiction book is 45,000-50,000 words) But let’s break this down if we just chip away at it 1 day at a time. On average, my blogs are 250 words. Lets times 250 (words) x 365 (days) = 91,250 words! WOWZA!! That’s the length of 2 non-fiction books, all by putting 15 minutes a day aside to write. This is the power of consistency.
The great thing about consistency too is that the more you do something, especially if it’s every day, the better you get at it, and the easier the task becomes, the more enjoyable the task is, and the more satisfying the ritual turns out to be. You begin to pride yourself on this habit, and the daily task becomes part of your subconscious habitual nature. Progress and pride are two great motivators.
This is my second “365 day challenge” in a row, and yes, I plan on doing another in 2020 (Dang, that means it start’s tomorrow!) The biggest reason is ‘purpose’. I know myself, and I know tasks that hold me accountable in some small way based around self-improvement make me feel great, and immediately increase my work load, efficiency and ability to create something pretty epic. My first 365 day challenge led to a completely new unforeseen passion and adoption of endurance racing over the past 2 years. This passion has sparked adventures of a life time, all within this past 2 years. THANKS to my first 365 day challenge I’ve also been able to raise money for charities, been published and written about in over half a dozen magazines and publications, been on 2 TV stations (that was cool), set a Canadian Record and can now add wrote a (future) book to my portfolio. All this is great and all, but it’s all trumped by the self-pride of being someone who stuck out a year of consistency (much rarer accomplishment). This constant programming and consistency is life changing. You develop a stronger mind, a healthier approach to life, and your rationalizations, excuses and bullshit decrease exponentially. Priceless.
Build your 365 day challenge around something you really want to pursue, something that excites you, jacks you up, makes you happy and healthier or promotes a sense of true self-satisfaction and pride behind it when you do it. It can be as simple as walk 20 minutes every day (active walking); meditate every day, read 5 pages a day, stretch for 15 minutes every day or it can be something ambitious like “I’m going to pursue a new project (musical, artsy, physical etc.) every month and work on that months project every day of the month for 12 months straight.
Think as big as you want, or think as small as you want. The key is to do something that will enhance your inner and outer well-being.
Have fun challenging yourself and I can’t wait to see what year long challenges you accomplish!!