Is there anything about yourself, or your life, that you’d like to make better? Have you tried? Do you make New Year’s resolutions but find they don’t stick? Here’s how to do it the smart way.
A quick Google search for 30 Day Experiments will turn up many pages, and whole websites, dedicated to the idea. And it’s a good one. It’s an idea that works.
You probably came to The Big Picture Academy because you want to improve your life – right? Then consider setting yourself a 30 day challenge. It’s a great way to start.
What would you like to be better?
Is there anything you’d like to improve? Is everything about your life as good as you want it, or are there some areas that could use an upgrade?
- Your health?
- Your wealth?
- Your fitness?
- Your weight?
- Your relationships?
- Your work?
- Your skills?
- Your knowledge?
- Your spirituality?
- Your contribution?
- Your achievement?
Take a good look. Some things may be excellent already – that’s great. What about the rest?
If it’s not a perfect 10 for you right now then maybe there’s something you could be working on. Any ideas? Write them down.
What are your current habits?
As humans, we’re creatures of habit, and to some degree that’s necessary.
If you had to make conscious choices about every little thing you do, you’d never get anywhere. But not all habits serve you well.
Other than attending to bodily functions, what are the first three things you do when you get up in the morning? Write them down.
Do you grab a coffee? A cigarette? Do you listen to the news? Do you look at social media? Do you sit on the couch with a bowl of Cheerios? Do you watch TV?
And what about when you first get home? Write down the first three things you usually do. What are they? A beer? The couch? Snacks? The TV? The game console?
Got them down? Good.
Now take a look at the things you’d like to improve, and consider your daily habits. Anything leap out at you? Any ideas? Jot them down too.
Experiment – Do something new for 30 days
Here’s the big idea: Instead of doing everything on autopilot, deliberately do something different.
Not everything. Just one thing. One new thing, and do it every day for 30 days.
Why? Well it’s an experiment. A test, to see how it improves your life. You’re not necessarily changing it forever, though you might decide to, but just trying it on for 30 days.
Don’t try to change everything, all at once; Chances are you’ll freak out and fail. Just pick your one big thing and focus on that for four weeks.
You can change everything – just do one at a time – a series of 30 day experiments will work better.
What should I change?
What would you like to be better? You should have some ideas by now. Just pick a challenge.
What seems urgent? Or what feels exciting? Go with one of those.to start with. Remember, it’s an experiment, so you can’t get it wrong!
If you’re not sure where to start, Google “30 day experiment ideas” for some inspiration.
Change your diet. Start an exercise program. Learn a new skill. Give up coffee or alcohol, or both. Educate yourself – read more books. Talk to strangers. Stop watching TV.
Publish a blog post every day. Upload a video every day. Write in your journal every day. Start a new online business and work on it every day.
What if I don’t like it?
Pretty much guaranteed. It’ll be great for about three days, and then you’ll start wondering what you’re doing. You’ll question it. You may even hate it!
This is normal.
Your brain is wired to look for patterns, create and follow habits, and preserve the status quo. And now you’re messing with that.
Even though you chose to do this, there will come a point where you don’t like it. You need to push through that feeling. Keep going for the full 30 day trial.
Why 30 day experiments?
Because you won’t like it!
Because you can do anything for 30 days, right? But if you think it’s for the rest of your life? That creates a huge resistance. Getting through 30 days is enough.
And because 30 days is long enough to start seeing results. And results is what we’re after. You want to see a difference. You want improvement. Yes?
30 day experiments are long enough to get a glimpse of what’s possible. Of what your life could look like if you kept going with this. It’s just long enough.
What happens after the 30 days?
It’s a 30 day experiment, right? So you look at the results.
And then you get to choose.
- Do you like this new thing you’re doing?
- Does it make a positive difference in your life?
- Is it something you might want to stick with?
- Or do you want to go back to the old way?
If it’s not working out for you then drop it. Maybe playing the ukulele just isn’t your groove.
If you want to keep it, and make it a habit you need to keep going for another 30 days, at least.
A study at University College London showed that it takes, on average, 66 days to create a new habit. For some people it’s much longer.
The idea that it only takes 30 days to form a habit or, according to some folks, just 21 days, is just plain wrong. It’s a popular myth, but wrong.
If you want this new thing to really work for you in your life then you need it to be a habit. One of those things you just do on autopilot. And for that to happen, you need to give it longer.
Keep going until it feels like a natural part of your life, something you wouldn’t want to stop doing, something you don’t even think about – you just do it.
That’s when you know your life has changed.
And then what?
Well then you go again!
You could do 12 of these a year. You could even make 30 day experiments a lifelong habit.
Imagine what your life could look like if you made 12 radical changes to your daily habits in the next year.
Who would you be? Someone who is:
- Better at…..?
- Able to do…..?
- Getting more….?
What you going to go for?
What you should do now
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