Have you ever tried a 30 day discipline? It's a personal growth tool that is very powerful. We all have things in our lives that we know we SHOULD be doing, or should NOT be doing for that matter…but it seems so overwhelming to make a change that we have to stick to for the rest of our life when we are already set in our ways. So we do nothing. We stay put. We do what is more comfortable.
The 30 day discipline is a great way to make small changes, develop new habits...and it's SO simple. When you think about making a change only temporarily it doesn't seem so hard anymore. You will still feel great for having completed it! You will have developed a new habit and may find you want to continue! When you finish the 30-days, you will be surprised at how much confidence you've gained by completing it! You will feel a sense of accomplishment. We all want that feeling to last because it feels good. Doing a 30-day discipline is a great way to get that feeling:) The best part is, if it doesn't suit you, that's OK! You can go back to your old habits AND still feel good about your accomplishment.
All you have to do is try…don't give up, commit to 30 days and then re-evaluate. Maybe when it's over, it has become a new habit and you want to make it a lifestyle change. Maybe you're still not so sure...you've gained confidence but you're still not sold. That's OK too! Try another 30 days, or 60, or 90. Whatever you need to do to move closer to your goal.
So, what will happen after you complete your 30-day discipline? First, you'll have gone far enough to establish a habit. It will now be easier to maintain than it was to begin. Second, you'll break the addiction of that old habit in that amount of time. Third, you'll have that feeling of success (you'll have 30 days under your belt!), this will give you the confidence to want to continue. Fourth, and this is the best one…you will have 30 days of RESULTS which will give you a great outlook on what to expect if you continue! This can help you make more long-term decisions.
Make a list of 30 day disciplines you'd like to try. You can always start with something small and tackle the harder ones once you've gained more confidence. Here are some ideas…what could you do each day for 30 days?
- Watch no TV (this included watching shows on the internet!)
- Eat NO refined sugar
- Don't eat after 8:00pm
- Drink Ginger Lemon Tea each morning, first thing
- Take a 30 minute walk
- Exercise for at least 30 minutes
- Spend 30 minutes on organizing your home or office
- Give up soda, cigarettes, or coffee
- Drink at least 64oz of water
- Read for 1 hour
- Write in a journal for 1 hour
- Write down 5 things you are grateful for
- Wake up earlier
- Go to bed earlier
- Think or say NO negative thoughts…THIS is a tough one, not many people can get through this one…but the fun part is…to keep trying!
Ok, GO FOR IT!! I'm really excited to hear from you all, feel free to share your stories with me!