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For those of you who’ve been on this journey with me, you know how much I love a challenge. It’s a fantastic opportunity to work and improve something significant in your life.  And it’s even better when you can grow and have fun doing it! In the past, I’ve done 100-day challenges and there was a good reason for that.  I’m a huge proponent of transformational changes that are long lasting and sustainable.  I know that you’re not interested in short-term band-aids or temporary fixes – you want the real deal – the AWESOME!

Some situations though, like when you’re experimenting with something new, call for a different type of challenge. What you need in this case is a quick test run so you can determine if it’s right for you – if it fits in with your awesome.

Well, I have a solution for you:

The 31-day challenge! (yeah…we’re doing it in May so it’s a 31-day challenge)

The great part is that 31 days is long enough for you to set up a habit but short enough for you to keep the momentum going and achieve your goal! AND I’ve created a template just for you to help you through this! Give it a shot!

The challenge:

31 days.  Easy, peasy. You can do this.

Choose ONE thing that you want to work on.  You have complete freedom here. Choose a new hobby, or a good eating habit – anything that feels like it could fit into your definition of awesome. Here’s what some of my clients have chosen:

• Meditate for 10 minutes a day

• Walk 10,000 steps a day

• Keep a gratitude journal

• Do one thing everyday that grows your business

• Practice courage – have a conversation with a stranger each day.

Okay over-achievers. Yes, I’m talking to you! I know you think you can do more than one thing at a time but please trust me on this. Only pick ONE thing. Be successful at it and then add more on after the month.

Be specific. Please don’t tell me you want to eat healthier. What does that mean exactly? Veggies with every meal? Or, no more desserts? One cheat meal a week? Or one healthy meal a week?

S-t-r-e-t-c-h yourself. Yes, I want you to succeed. But, I also don’t want it to be so easy you don’t break a sweat. Satisfaction comes from real growth. Don’t be afraid to pick something that takes work.

Figure out your WHY. What are you doing this for?  Are you looking to have more energy? Do you want to lose weight because you want to feel better? Want to try more activities to feel more engaged? Pick your goal for the right reasons. Here’s how: A big enough WHY can overcome any WHAT or HOW.

Prepare for stumbling blocks. I want you to come up with 3 things that could prevent you from doing what you want to do and how you’ll handle yourself in those 3 situations and recover. For example, you have a crazy busy week and don’t stick to meditating in the mornings. So, make sure you do it before bed. Or, if you miss a day, get right back on track the next.

Set up a reward! It’s important to celebrate the wins. So, have a reward set up for day 32. That will keep the momentum going and your motivation up. Also, make sure the reward is something other than what you are choosing to give up. That defeats the purpose.

Have FUN! Yes, there will be tough days that will make you want to quit. Before you do, take a step back, smile, embrace the suck and have fun with it.

That’s how you do the 31-day challenge. Stick with it, follow the principles and you will have a breakthrough.

AWESOME will happen.

Remember to download and print out the template I created for you. Then get busy checking successes off!

Want some support to ensure success? Contact me and I’ll get you going.

The only choice is AWESOME.

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