Yesterday I wrote about The 30 in 30 Challenge and the response was awesome. Several people can relate to the “short spurt” syndrome and are ready to start living a life of consistency. If that’s you, I wanted to give you the rules for how to successfully walk this out so you can build a lifetime of continual impact.
5 Rules for The 30 in 30 Challenge
1. The primary goal for this challenge is consistency. That’s it. Forget all the different measures of success that you’re accustomed to. We are doing this for the sake of doing this. This means if you’re doing a fitness challenge, don’t you dare step on that scale. It’s not invited to the party. If you’re doing the writing challenge with me, the social media likes, comments, and shares – or lack thereof – should not push or deter you. Whatever the thing is that you decide to do for a month straight, you are doing simply for the sake of doing it. You haven’t earned results yet.
2. Pick one (1) thing. I know there are several things in your life that you’d love to get a handle on immediately, but working on all of them at once will be short lived. When I say one thing, I literally mean one thing – not one area. The writing challenge doesn’t mean you’re going to write for half an hour every day in your journal, on your blog, as an email to a friend, in a text. It means pick one, and do it every day. The fitness challenge doesn’t mean you are going to run one day, do Zumba the next, go swimming the next. Pick one, and do it every day for 30 days straight. Options leave room for excuses; excuses will cause you to fail this challenge.
3. 30 days is the minimum, not the max. You are starting this challenge with the intention of building life-long good habits. This is not something you are going to stop when you reach 30 days, that is simply the first goal. I can now tell you from experience that Day 31 is totally anticlimactic, but it’s consistent. Once you reach the 30 days, go for 60, 90, 120. See how high you can go! We all know people that say they’ve been doing something for years and never missed a day. Those people are awesome. We are becoming those people.
4. If you miss a day, you need to start at Day 1. You don’t get to pick up where you left off and continue. Why? We are learning the compound effects of doing something consistently. When you do things for a while and stop, you lose the momentum and multiplied effects of having continued. Yes, you can build on what you’ve done to a certain extent, but it’ll never be as grand as if you had kept going. Think of it like a snowball rolling down a mountain. It’ll continue to get more and more massive the longer it rolls. Stop that snowball midway down the mountain and it’ll still have the same size (if it doesn’t immediately fall apart), but it won’t be going as fast when you start to roll it again as it would’ve been had it never stopped. Knowing you have to start at Day 1 if you miss a day is also great incentive to overthrow your excuses.
5. Be publicly accountable. Oh man. That’s a tough one. If you’ve been like me you’ve started and stopped things so many times people roll their eyes at you when you mention starting anything new. WHO CARES. See Rule #1. This is about consistency and nothing else. That public accountability will hold you responsible to your commitment until you can trust yourself again. Starting and stopping has caused you to lose trust in yourself, so you often fail before you begin because you’re already counting on quitting. This challenge, if done right, will change all that forever.
So that’s it! Are there any that I didn’t think of? I am excited for you to get on the road to consistency. You will never be the same.