Declare Your Challenge!

30-Day Challenge

30-Day Challenge

It is October 1 and time to declare a new 30-day challenge.  I’m sure you don’t need me to explain the benefits of a “declared” 30-day challenge; after all, many of my posts already do this.  However, let me make just a couple of points before I let you in on my personal 30-day challenge for this month. 

The Power of Declaration

First of all, if you really want to change or grow in an area of life, then you owe it to yourself to step outside the boundaries of your own personal, private space and make your challenge known in a public forum.  For me, I do this via posting in My Pleasant PlacesYou can do this by posting in the comments of this post.  There are other ways to do it (via your own blog, Facebook, amongst co-workers, etc.), but I believe it is more effective to do it in a forum where others are committed to challenges of their own.  That way, you can not only read my occasional posts about the subject (of 30-day challenges), but you can also read of others challenges, be encouraged by them and return the favor via comments.

I personally enjoy hearing from each and every person who is taking up a 30-day challenge regardless of whether or not MPP is their primary means of declaration.  I am encouraged by your challenges, and they often provide me rich fodder for future posts.  So please do leave a comment.

A Couple of Reminders About 30-Day Challenges

Keep it simple, but make it strategic.  Don’t try to take on too much at once.  For instance, if you’re trying to change your eating habits, take on one, very strategic part of your eating rather than trying to reform your whole diet at once.  I highly recommend the strategy that I used last month (eating at least three servings of nutrient-dense vegetables and fruits a day).  Remember the power of keystone habits.

Record your progress.  This is the mistake I made last month; I didn’t practice what I preached.  I thought I was “experienced enough” after three months of challenges to keep up with my progress in my head (actually, I was overly confident; I thought I would have no problem succeeding every day.)  I’ve learned my lesson, though.  I already have my “Don’t Break the Chain” chart printed out and ready to go!

My October Challenge

My October challenge is once again related to My Pleasant Places.  This month, I will work every day on improving my blog site.  That sounds rather vague, and vagueness is a serious no-no when making goals and creating challenges.  However, I have well-defined what “working on my blog site” includes.  It does not include writing posts.  That is an entirely different kind of challenge (which I took on in July—my first 30-day challenge).  It does include researching plugins, SEO, themes, widgets, etc.  It does include experimenting with each of these aspects of blogging.  It does include a lot of reading.  It does include updating MPP layout and pages.

This all may sound like Greek to you (and it sort of does to me!).  However, it is stuff that I need to become more knowledgeable in if I am going to optimize the blog and accomplish the purposes I have for it.  You should see some changes to the blog throughout the month as I make progress on my challenge, but you won’t see changes every day, because so much of this challenge is researching and reading.

Even though you won’t necessarily see my progress on my challenge like you did with the initial challenge to post every day, I promise to keep you informed.  You are the key to my success!  I believe in the 30-day challenge!

So, MPP readers, the moment of truth is here.  What is your challenge for October?  Is it simple, but strategic?  Is it measureable?  Are you set up to record your progress?  I look forward to hearing from you!

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3 Responses to Declare Your Challenge!

  1. Jerusha Gittlen says:

    I’m thrilled to be starting my first 30-Day Challenge! Your posts on keystone habits helped me decide what to start with — my challenge is to get up at a particular time every morning. This needs to be 2-3 hours before I need to leave the house for work so that I can complete my Most Important Things in the morning. Since I’ve just moved, I don’t know my work schedule yet, so the exact time may need to be adjusted, but for now I’ve picked 5am.
    I’m not ‘naturally’ a morning person, and in the past I’ve found my wake up time has a vast effect on my mood, work performance, and accomplishment of other important habits. Especially as I’m building life in a new city, I want to make sure to get this keystone piece right and hopefully also establish a baseline to see what habit to focus on for next month.

    • Diane says:

      Jerusha! Welcome to MPP blogosphere! I’m so glad you have commented and declared your challenge! I like your challenge. You may not be a morning person YET, but once you discover the peace and quiet of mornings, you’ll become a believer. THE MAIN PIECE OF ADVICE I HAVE FOR YOU to enable you to keep this challenge is to get to bed early enough the night before. You can’t burn the candle at both ends. If you are a night person, you will probably have to make adjustments in your night routine to accommodate this change. Keep me posted how it is going! And WELCOME!!!

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