I am so excited to share with you about monthly challenges and how they can help you change your life for the better and reach your goals! A monthly challenge is a great way to practice a new behavior, and that can lead to developing better habits over time because forming new habits and breaking bad habits is a multi-step process.
Step one is making the decision to change, try something new, or be more consistent in any area of life. What do you want to work on this month? What do you want to change this month? What do you want to improve even just a little bit at a time?
Sometimes we try to make changes that are too drastic all at once, and it's harder for those to stick, our brains say “it’s too hard!”
The second step is to start the new behavior, whatever it is that you decided that you want to do, whether it's eating healthier, stretching more, getting up earlier, reading more books, or being more grateful. You’ve got to just start, take that step, and do just one thing!
Step three is practicing that new behavior and then repeating that new behavior regularly. This is where monthly challenges can really help!
Those simple steps will help you to form new habits and monthly challenges create a commitment to practicing for 30 days.
You can always keep going in challenge mode (practicing very mindfully) if you feel like you need more time. There's no reason why you can't do a monthly challenge two or three to fully integrate your new habits.
Monthly challenges help us to create new habits and behaviors by making it seem easier. People like easy, it’s human nature!
With a monthly challenge, your perception is focused on a fun experiment.
The more difficult we think something's going to be, the harder it's going to be for us to actually do the behavior, and to repeat the behavior. Our mind is going to come up with all sorts of excuses and reasons why we cannot do the thing today…
But we can hack ourselves, "It’s just a monthly challenge. I'm going to see what happens. I'm trying something new for a limited amount of time." When we do this we are more likely to stick with it for 30 days.
Finally, another thing that helps people to develop new habits is having a support system. Through audios, bonuses, and supporting materials, you'll have the resources and the support that you need to stick with the challenges and create positive change after positive change!
You can listen to the audios straight through before you start the challenge or throughout the challenge by listening to the audios every couple of days to give yourself a boost to keep going.
Each challenge also comes along with recommended reading, articles, and other tips and ideas to help you stick with your challenge for the 30 days. It’s a great way to practice daily repetition, boost your momentum, and give you small successes that will motivate you to keep going.
Remember, the little things are the big things and that is how we reach our big goals through small actions and activities every single day.