Design Your Life: 100 Day Challenge
Have you ever wanted to make a change in your life? Maybe you want to be fitter or lose weight. Maybe you want to upgrade your relationships, get that promotion or finally start working on your business plan. Often it’s easy enough to spot areas of our life where we could be improving – the hard part, however, is making plans for positive change and following through with them.
We set goals for ourselves (or new years resolutions!) only to check back on them in a few months time disappointed that we’ve made no real progress. We come away feeling like failures. However, what we really failed to do was implement the necessary daily changes that lead to long-term success!
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit. – Aristotle
Lately, I’ve been coming up against some of my own personal challenges and have started recognising negative thought cycles and patterns in my life that are holding me back. I’ve come to the point where I can honestly admit to myself that what I’m currently doing isn’t working… and after all, isn’t the definition of insanity doing the same thing over and expecting a different result?
What is the 100 Day Challenge?
Pretty much as it sounds, for the next 100 days I’ll be committing myself to some simple daily goals or habits. They don’t have to be huge goals, in fact, the more realistic and achievable the better! To make setting your goals easier, be sure to download our free 100 Day Challenge Workbook!
But here’s the one and only rule: you must complete your goals every single day and if you skip a day or ‘forget’ you have to start all over again!
It could be in any area of your life that you feel needs attention – physical health, mental wellbeing, spirituality, relationships, business, career… it’s really up to you!
You can make your challenge as hard or as simple as you’d like. Maybe you just want to start each day drinking a glass of water with lemon. Maybe you want to cultivate a positive money mindset. Maybe you want to commit to a 10 minute meditation… maybe you want to commit to an hour of meditation! It’s really all up to you! Whatever it is, you’ll have to have the dedication and discipline to carry it out for the next 100 days, so choose wisely!
To help myself along I’ll be setting a daily reminder on my phone – a good tip so you don’t miss a day!
Can We Make Real Change in 100 Days?
The simple answer – yes!
The first step is knowing and believing that you can change.
In recent years, science has come to recognise that the human brain has plasticity – that is, the ability to change and form new neural pathways in response to our thoughts, behaviours and experiences. This is big news for those who struggle with negative thought and behaviour patterns. It implies that we have the ability to change our brain software (yes, software not hardware), and that we can step out of the victim mindset and take back control of our lives.
So by changing our belief systems and our habits that we can affect real change in our lives!
My Personal 100 Day Challenge
So what am I hoping to get out of this 100 day challenge?
For me, my struggles have been largely related to mental wellbeing and anxiety. I’ve always been a ‘worrier’ – thinking incessantly about future situations and possibilities. And while I’ve always given attention to my physical health, in many ways I’ve neglected my mental, emotional and spiritual health. However, I’ve come to realise more and more that our physical wellbeing is only a small portion of our overall health. And by focusing in on one detail we ignore the big picture!
During my 100 day challenge, I’ll be committing myself to:
- Meditation (10-20 minutes): Meditation has been proven to be an effective way of reducing stress by bringing us into a parasympathetic state. It’s praised as a way to detach from negative or obsessive thoughts, and as a way to become more grounded in the present moment. If you’re interested in reading on meditation and anxiety, I love the way this article by Dr. Joe Dispenza sums it up. While I’ve practiced little bits of meditation here and there, I’ve never fully committed myself to a daily practice. To help me along with this, I’ll be using the free Headspace app.
- Affirmations: For some reason, I’ve always shied away from the idea of positive affirmation, but the fact is that many successful people swear by affirmation as a means to cultivate a more positive mindset and attitude. I’m trying to make these affirmations realistic and relevant to my own situation by firstly identifying my personal negative beliefs and then replacing them with more positive, realistic beliefs. I’m going to have these written down and will read over and say them to myself daily.
- Visualisation (5 minutes): This means imaging future situations and successes. And I mean really imagining – 3D sights, sounds, smells, feelings. Even Jim Carey has spoken about how visualisation and the power of intention helped him achieve success in his acting career!
- Goal Review: Here I’ve just written down all of my long term goals that I can read over every day. Often we can get so bogged down in the nitty gritty of everyday life that we lose sight of our big goals. By scheduling time to really focus on these ‘big goals’ everyday we keep our mind in the game – as they say, what we focus on grows!
Overall, this little routine takes only 20 minutes out of my day, at tops 30 minutes. I’m trying to work it into my morning routine, but if I can’t fit it in I will do it before bed. They main thing is getting it done – Every. Single. Day… no exceptions! Otherwise it’s back to day 1! ?
Join me in the 100 day challenge! ? To make setting your goals easier, don’t forget to signup to receive our free, printable workbook!