The Power of the 30-Day Challenge
What Can You Achieve in 30 Days?
As part of this month’s theme of “Focus and Discipline,” I thought it would be fun to share a few ideas about 30-day challenges. The beauty of committing to a 30-day challenge is the burst of movement, progress, and energy that you feel when you complete the challenge. You could turn a long-term goal into a series of 30-day challenges.
The benefit of making a short-term commitment is that it can free you from the sense of overwhelm inherent in tackling a long-term goal. If you decide to set out on a 30-day challenge though, check to see if it aligns with your longer-term vision and goals.
To get started, think about your 30-day challenge through the lens of “Who, What, Where, When, and Why?” although, not in that order. Here’s the order I suggest:
What – decide on what you want to achieve
Why – before proceeding, ask yourself if this goal aligns with your vision and career or business mission
Where – find out where you will find the resources and support to achieve your goal
Who – ask yourself who can help clear obstacles, provide guidance, and help you break through to the next level
When – this is the important part. Be realistic about how far you can go in 30 days
Ideas for your 30-Day Challenge
Walk Every Day
If you have been inactive and want to get fit, a goal of walking 10,000 steps a day might be unrealistic. Instead, you could set your goal to walk 8,000 steps a day for 30 days, and then increase the goal.
Keep a Gratitude Journal
This exercise is powerful. It will help you shift your focus, attitude, and energy in dramatic ways. Every night before bedtime, write down three things you are grateful for, and watch your attention shift to taking positive, concrete actions.
Learn a New Word Every Day
Build your confidence and ability to persuade and influence by building your vocabulary. The book I recommend with enthusiasm is, “Word Power Made Easy” by Norman Lewis. He focuses on mastery of the English language, not just adding fancy words to impress.
Build Your Leadership Skills
Clear one hour a day to read a top-rated leadership book that you meant to read, but just haven’t gotten to yet. How can you apply those learnings in the next 30 days?
Set Up One Networking Meeting Per Weekday (or Better!)
If you are new to Denver, in the middle of a job search, or prospecting for new clients, this could change the course of your career or business. Establish a goal of setting up at least one quality networking meeting every workday. That could be an introductory phone call, attending a Meetup, volunteering, a coffee meeting, a lunch, or attending a professional association meeting. The meeting could be scheduled for next week or next month; the goal is to get at least one more on your calendar every workday.
Need help? I am often asked how to get better contacts from networking activity, or how to change networking from a painful obligation into a successful and energizing enterprise. Let me know how I can help. Meanwhile . . .
Which 30-Day Challenge will you choose?
Here’s to your success in 2018!