30 Day Challenge
My life has been in a bit of an odd place for the past few months. I left my job of over nine years last November and finished a graduate program in another (semi-related) field last December. Since then, I’ve been in a bit of a holding pattern, doing some freelance work and wondering what might be next but not really going anywhere. Any of that sound familiar?
I have some ideas of where I’d like life to take me and have spent a lot of my free time trying to figure out how to get there. A friend recommended Chalene Johnson’s 30 Day Challenge. She found it very helpful and thought it would be great for me.
She couldn’t have been more right! I am a lover of lists and the 30 Day Challenge revolves around lists that help determine your values, your goals, and how to achieve them. A lot of time is spent focusing on daily lists, which I was already creating but some of her tips were really helpful in making my lists more effective. For example, my lists were getting me through the day but they weren’t moving me any closer to my goals. By defining specific goals and steps necessary to reach them, I was able to add a few things each day to my list that would help me make progress instead of just tread water.
I just finished my 30 Day Challenge last month and despite not yet conquering the world, I’ve already seen a difference in the amount of work I complete during the day, my overall life organization, and the definition of what I’m trying to accomplish (as well as how to get there). She correctly pointed out that we often have multiple goals that all come back to the success of just one goal – once she pointed this out, was surprised to see how true it was for me. By focusing on accomplishing that main goal (or push goal, as Chalene calls it), you move towards all of your other goals as well. After just a month of focusing on that one area, I feel like I’ve moved forward more than I had in all the time from November to April combined.
I’ve also learned to occasionally let go of the pressure I put on myself by placing items on my daily lists that just aren’t necessary. Last week, my husband I traveled and there were so many things I wanted to do before we left for the airport. In the end, I was running out of time and realized that the world wasn’t going to end if I didn’t dust the blinds before we left. And guess what? We had a great trip and returned safely despite dusty blinds.
While my goals revolve mostly around my professional life, the Challenge can really be applied to anything. Whether you’re looking to lose weight, get into grad school, pick up a new hobby, or form your own non-profit, I think this program could help. I’m actually thinking of going through the program again and including a couple of projects that are aligned with the Girlyfight mission.
The 30 Day Challenge is free – all you have to do is sign up and you’ll start receiving daily emails on the first of the next month. Each day consists of a video (usually 5-8 minutes) and an assignment. I found that some days the assignments took awhile and others took only a few minutes. It was really about what I was willing to put into it that day. In the end, I felt that it was a real benefit to me and worthwhile to share as a tool that may assist some of our Girlyfighters in helping to make a positive change in their local or global communities. If this sounds like your kind of thing, check it out and think would you like to accomplish that this challenge could assist.