Life is filled with personal challenges. You know those little resolutions that we give ourselves. Among which you can hear yourself saying, “I’m going to gain/loose “x” number of pounds this year”, “This is the year I’m going to < insert country here >” or best one yet, “I gotta get out of debt by this time next year or I’m screwed.”
These personal challenges, though often self-imposed, show what kind of character we are and what we’re made of. When you take one of these inner voice adventures you just never know how it’s going to end. But in an effort to really believe that what I have to offer can entertain or even enlighten others is what this web journal is all about.
Throughout my life, I’ve set up minor challenges in my mind: I’m going to Graduate School, I’m going to get out of debt within 3 months, I’m going to help my mother’s retirement, I’m going to pay for my nephew’s education, I’m going to Egypt, China, Japan, fly an airplane, learn to ride a motorcycle, head a volunteer group, start my own web audience, etc.. Each challenge has brought some reward and I’ll use this soapbox to talk about what I did – what worked and what didn’t. But with each one, it started with a personal challenge. This blog is a personal challenge. It’s a blog in 30 days to share my young wisdom to an audience that’s seeking.
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. – Matthew 7:7
Your mission should you choose
to accept it:
Interested in taking a personal challenge, here are a couple of simple rules & hacks.
1. Define the task and give it a time limit.
First consider the task, say it’s exercising, then
define, who, what, when, where, why and how. Get granular.
Formula: [who] is going to [what] [when] at [where] [how].
[I’m] going to [exercise] [every day] at [home] in the [morning] right [before my shower] with [this routine].
[I’m] going to [make music] [every other day] at [school] in the [afternoon] from [3-4pm] with [a guitar and a laptop].
2. Do it and do it consistently.
Whether it’s 10 minutes or 2 hours – do it. But do it daily. Take a day off when you want to but never more than 2 days in a row. The third day getting back on track will be difficult but if you do it you will persist. Wait more than 3 days to get back to a task – forget it – it’s gone and your interest in it has withered and died. To get back on you’ll either put yourself in a world of personal shameful guilt (telling yourself, “Really? Pizza? I haven’t worked out since Sunday and I’m eating a pizza?”) or inspiration (“Yeah, I’m hitting the gym tonight because I miss the personal ‘me’ time!”). Bottom line – do it everyday if you want. 2 day max limit off. This blog is written by an article every other day until I get to
3. Find an audience
Nothing works better than personal shame. Tell a number of your closes friends and confidants your challenge and have them hold you to your challenge. Keep reminding them and at a certain point they’re going to remember you with your task raising your personal value. Say it’s exercising, it won’t be long after 14 days that it’ll go from “How’s the working out coming along?” to “Wow, I noticed, you’re looking better! It’s working, huh?” The guilt sucks the life from you when you know you’ve been slacking. Find an audience
and have them come along for your ride.
4. Help someone else
“If you want to learn how to do something well, then teach others how to do it.” As a teacher for over 7 years I can tell you I learned the basic essentials of coding, graphic design, public speaking and presenting by doing it. Better yet, teaching people how to. Understanding your talent/skill is one thing, but helping someone of a different
mindset to understand how to do the same thing is as gratifying as
planting a tree and watching it grow. The positive appreciation does wonders to one’s self value. Like your finances, 10% of your time should be contributed in some form of charity – and by that I mean is that you take the time to offer your time to someone who wants to learn what you’ve been doing. If it’s exercising – spread the challenge and challenge one of your friends who needs it to join you at the gym or that you’ll come to their place and run in their hood. If it’s belly-dancing, offer to pay a class or 2 to get them into it. Why do it alone when you can take a partner along for the ride. Like drinking – it’s better with a buddy.
Been bored lately. Feel like your job isn’t fulfilling your life? Then what’s your challenge? If you have a successful challenge to share, please comment below. Any that are 30 days or less – please contribute!!!!