11 days for your clarity and purpose
Seeking a better life
Who does not wish for a more rewarding, fulfilling life? Most set plans, create a future vision and goals and yet the people find themselves stuck in a daily rut with little motivation to grasp onto their dreams and pursue their hopes and desires. These dreams and pursuit wishes often change for people depending on the season in their lives.
A person in their late teens often want racy experiences which move slightly to the side in their twenties when the growth of material goods become more important and then in peoples thirties a solid career future and medium term objectives during family building years becomes more important. Of course everyone is different and these generalized concepts do not apply to everyone in every culture.
What does remain however, is the need to wish for a better life that improves people’s situation that the one they live at present.
When your life is busy and full, it becomes easier to park your goals and visions. We do this because they seem so far in the future we cannot make a direct emotional connection to make progress today. This is repeated over time, the days become months and soon into years. So, let us address the key areas you can work on to free up your day to provide more scope, energy and time on the thing that matter most in your life.
Take this 11 day challenge to free up some of your time help move you onto a path of improvement.
Day 1 Tackle Distractions
Avoid 3 key common distractions and replace them with silence. Ideas could be listening to the news, reading a newspaper, having a low value conversation, checking Instagram or other social media. You only have to do this on 3 separate occasions on 3 different experiences.
Purpose: Today’s lives have many distractions that are designed to steal your time. By starting to train your mind to ignore the “noise” you will overtime be able to see and understand the signals of change.
Day 2 Become Determined
Say NO to 1 task today. It is best to choose a task that is asked of you repeatedly that can be done by somebody else. If the task needs to be taught to someone else then this is OK today to use your time to show them.
Purpose: Start to train your surroundings to be more independent and respectful of your time. If you teach the task to someone else, then gain an extra Challenge Reward for your efforts.
Day 3 Focus on the present
Forget the past. Literally, forget just about everything. View every thing with fresh eyes, from your bed sheets to car keys, from the people you spend time with to tasks that you engage with.
Purpose: Fresh perspective is great to revitalize your motivation and be creative with new solutions and ideas to daily tasks. It also offers huge value in appreciating what you have on a day to day perspective.
Day 4 Honesty
Be more honest with your surroundings. Instead of saying you have another arrangement on an invite date, simply say no. If you have a desire to get fit, and then make the honest choices today to help you on that path, take the stairs, choose a more “honest” meal to make your future goals.
Purpose: Start to re-frame your surroundings and introduce discipline into your behaviors.
Day 5 Embrace the errors you make
Make mistakes and forgive yourself for them. A young baby falls and gets straight back up. A young child makes a mistake and proceeds straight on to try again, as we become older making mistakes has become more frowned upon, and yet those in science, sales, quality control, marketing or athletics understand that making mistakes happens daily and there is a lot of learning that can be applied from the experience.
Purpose: The fear of failure and the fear of success are very powerful influencers that impact your daily behavior. Through acceptance of learning and making mistakes you will open the door for new stretched skills and remain motivated.
Day 6 Do stuff
Action day. Take one simple step to bring you towards your goal. Examples can include creating a detailed plan or taking a specific concrete action.
Purpose: You started this challenge to improve. This is the day you make a concrete step to move forward and have the improved confidence to complete a goal to improve your life.
Day 7 Accept yourself
Be your kind of crazy! There are almost 7 billion people on the planet, all with their unique back grounds, dreams and desires, just accept to be yourself and not the y type of person you think others expect of you.
Purpose: Personal confidence will bring personal happiness. Embracing your own identity will allow you to embrace the opportunities you create for yourself and become more independent and accountable to reach your goals.
Day 8 Face the day
Recognize the tasks and issues you avoid and do not face head on. Use the day to address fully the challenges that arise.
Purpose: Developing experience with dealing with daily challenges will enable you to overcome larger obstacles as you face them in life later.
Day 9 Positive Mental Attitude
Be with positive people. Only engage in positive conversations, if any interaction turns critical or negative then address it straight away and replace with positive engagement.
Purpose: The selection of your friends is important for the basis of positive life experiences. You can surround yourself with positive people, but you may need to get rid of some of the negative friends in the process.
Day 10 Embrace the daily grind
Do not buy any luxury goods or spend time looking at luxury items on this day.
Keep your focus on the goals and vision you already set yourself but focus more on the action to achieve it than the benefits gained once attained.
Purpose: Concentrate on the understanding that hard work, change and consistent progress are required to attain any worthy goal. Goals of made from 90%+ action.
Day 11 A time of reflection
Recall the progress you have made so far. Do not be too hard on yourself if you have missed a day in this challenge. Look at the days you have succeeded with and apply this to the areas in your life.
Purpose: The power of reflection is important to understand that not all things go according to best plans. Life can spring up obstacles alone the way and so learn that temporary short falls and hick ups are normal process steps to progress.
Well done, you have now completed this 11 day challenge.
- Which challenge did you find the hardest?
- How will you continue to implement these principles over the coming weeks?
- What has become clearer to you?
- When was the hardest time to stick to these challenges?
Further Reading and Reference:
- How to accomplish your goals in 90 days
- 24 ways to make your goal setting INSPIRED
- How to deal with the fear of success and failure
- How to say goodbye to bad habits
- My 4 rules to keep goals
- Why 30 day challenges suck
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- Written by James Doyle, founder of JAMSO, success consultant and trainer. We have over 100 free articles, tools and resources for your success, including a great newsletter, subscribe now.
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