At the beginning of this year, I challenged you to fight status quo, remove your baggages and act on your ideas. We’re nearing the quarter mark of this year. How did you do?
For most of you (including me), you probably could have done better. I tried out new things. But, as always, there’s room for improvement. I haven’t been proactive enough in pursuing personal growth. I’ve gotten so busy that I’m slipping back to my old ways of just letting life pass me by.
The 30-day challenge
This week, Aubrey, one of my closest friends, shared to me a TED Video of Matt Cutts, a Google engineer. Matt Cutts took my challenge of fighting status quo to the next level. He suggested that you try something new every 30 days.
The challenge is simple enough (and that’s the beauty of it). Think about something you always meant to do, wanted to do, but just havent. Then, simply try it for 30 days.
Take a look at what Cutts have done in the past few months:
- October 2011: went vegan for 30 days
- November 2011: grew a moustache for Movember
- December 2011: do an act of kindness or a good deed a day for 30 days (here’s his Google plus log of what he did)
- January 2012: draw something everyday
- February 2012: exercise everyday
- March 2012: avoid reading, watching, or hearing the news
How about you? Why not try 30 days of meditation or 30 days of dancing? What have you been meaning to do, but haven’t gotten around to doing it? Maybe you wanted to take more pictures. Or you wanted to read more. Get off your ‘but’ and actually try it out for 30 days.
If you really wanted to badly enough, you can do just about anything for 30 days. The sky is the limit. Have ever wanted to write a novel? You can write one in 30 days! In fact, tens of thousands of people have tried writing their own 50,000 word novel from scratch in 30 days during the National Novel Writing Month of November. All it takes to accomplish this challenge is to write 1,667 words a day in a month!
Whether your challenge is as crazy as writing a novel or just simply exercising everyday, be ready for change. 30 days is about the right time to add a habit or subtract a habit. Cutts asserted that when you learn small sustainable changes, things that you can keep doing, they were more likely to stick. Then soon enough, it’ll be a part of your daily life.
Once you’ve decided on what you want to do for your 30-day challenge, make sure you take the necessary steps to accomplish it.
- Schedule a part of your day to do your 30-day challenge.
- Read or watch resources online such as instructables or ehow to help you get started
- Find a friend who will keep you accountable and check your progress on your 30-day challenge.
If you wanted to pursue a hobby even further, you can even look for a teacher for it. Just make sure you don’t get a bad teacher. A bad one can really kill a blooming passion.
That’s how Lesson Sensei (the startup I’m working on) was born. It’s an easier way for people to find ‘senseis’, teachers who are masters in their craft such as dance, music or cooking. I had this problem when, after years of playing blues, funk and rock guitar, I tried looking for a jazz guitar teacher. I tried Craigslist and Kijiji. But there’s no way to tell if the people there are really who they say they are. In Lesson Sensei, you’ll be able to watch videos from the senseis, view reviews from past students and see the credentials of the sensei.
The next 30 days are going to pass whether you like it or not. Why not think about something you have always wanted to try and give it a shot for the next 30 days? My first 30-day challenge next month is to exercise everyday. I was doing it a few months ago. But life got in the way. What’s yours?