We’re all wonderful, and we’re all special, and we all need to accept and love ourselves for who we are.
But that doesn’t mean it’s wrong to keep wanting to reinvent yourself just a little, to tweak and sculpt your habits, characteristics and mindset, learning and growing every single day of your life.
If you’ve got personal growth on your mind and want to channel your efforts effectively, then a 30-day challenge might be a great tactic for you to do so.
Why 30 Days?
You might well be wondering why 30-day challenges are a good idea for personal growth or for forming new habits.
Don’t worry, it’s not just a figure I’ve plucked out of the air.
A 30-day time period can be helpful for teaching yourself new, beneficial behaviors in all kinds of ways.
Firstly, a month is a good period of time to commit to something for, psychologically-speaking.
That’s why so many month-long campaigns are run, like Veganaury or Stoptober.
Your challenges don’t have to start at the beginning of a calendar month, but you might find it a helpful way to commit to something.
A month, as we all know, flies by, so you’re not asking yourself to commit to anything for an unfeasibly long time period.
It’s important to set achievable goals when focusing on self-improvement, and a month isn’t too much to ask of yourself.
A month gives you enough time to play around with whatever it is you’re hoping to introduce into your life.
Plus, there’s time for you to get over the initial excitement and enthusiasm and figure out if it’s really beneficial for you and whether it is something you want to integrate into your life in the long run.
Last but not least, they say that it takes three weeks or more for a new behavior to become a habit, so committing for a full 30 days gives you the chance to go the extra mile and really ingrain this change into your lifestyle.
Who knows, by the time the 30 days are up, it might have just become part of your approach to life or your daily routine, without you having to consciously think about it anymore.
Do you think 30-day challenges might be a good way for you to start mixing things up in your life?
Here are a few ideas that could help you grow as a person.
30-Day Challenges To DO Something
1. Random acts of kindness
Do something kind for someone, every single day. Embrace the randomness.
Leave a note on a mirror to let the next person know they look amazing.
Leave a favorite book somewhere for someone to find, with a heartfelt note.
Buy lunch for the person behind you in the queue.
Have fun with it and see how many people’s days you can brighten over the course of the month.
Meditate for just 10 minutes every day for 30 days straight.
Use an app or YouTube videos to help you, or literally just sit down, breathe deeply, and see where your mind takes you.
30 days is more than enough time to discover the incredible impact that meditating regularly can have on your mindset.
3. Complimenting others
Make it your mission to compliment those around you for a whole month.
Make it genuine. If you like someone’s shirt, tell them. If you think they did a great job on a presentation, don’t keep it to yourself.
Is your mother looking lovely? Is your partner looking particularly sexy?
Unleash the compliments! It’ll make them feel wonderful, and that’ll rub off on you.
4. Writing down what you’re grateful for
Find yourself a notepad or a journal and write down three things that you’re grateful for every single day.
Do it either first thing in the morning to get your day off to a good start or last thing at night, reflecting on why it was a fantastic day.
5. Clearing out clutter
Drowning under a mountain of stuff? Free up some mental space by clearing out some physical space.
Make it your mission to pick five things to donate to charity every day, list five things on eBay every day, tackle one drawer or area of your house every day, or even donate 30 bags worth of unwanted stuff to charity before the month is up.
If you’re in a bit of a rut with your career, then do something, whether small or significant, every single day for 30 days.
Update your CV. Reach out to a contact on LinkedIn. Attend a webinar. Apply for a job. Sign up for a course. Buy a relevant book.
Whatever it is, do something every day to keep yourself moving forward professionally, and by the end of the month, that momentum will become the new norm.
15. Getting out of your comfort zone
Do something that scares you every day for a month.
Go out for dinner alone. Book a ticket for a solo holiday. Jump out of a plane. Say hello to the woman you find attractive at your Spanish evening class.
Whatever it is and however insignificant it might seem, get out of your comfort zone every day. Beyond your comfort zone is where the magic happens.
16. Intentional listening
Make a deal with yourself that, for 30 days, you are genuinely going to listen to every person you have a conversation with.
Make what they’re saying your sole focus at that moment. No checking your phone. No thinking about what you’re having for dinner. No worrying about your to-do list.
You get what you give, so you’ll find that people start taking more of a genuine interest in what you have to say too.
17. A morning routine
Do you have a routine in the mornings?
Now’s the time to implement one!
Establish what your mornings are going to look like. Consider not checking your phone for at least half an hour after you wake up, so you don’t have to deal with all those emails before your brain is really in gear.
Wake up 15 minutes earlier. Do yoga. Go for a run. Have breakfast with your partner or family. Write your journal.
Whatever it is, make it calming and make it consistent, and see if it has an impact on your mindset.
18. An evening routine
The same applies to your evenings. Having a routine in place can help you wind down and get better quality sleep.
Say goodbye to your electronic devices an hour before bed. Read. Write. Stretch. Talk to your loved one. Get into bed by a certain time.
19. The Pomodoro method
If you struggle with procrastination and productivity, why not introduce the Pomodoro method into your life for the next 30 days?
Complaining is of absolutely no use to anyone, least of all you.
Complaining focuses your mind on the negative and does nothing to actually resolve the situation.
So, introduce a 30-day complaining ban. You’re still allowed to comment on negative things, but you’ll find that you have to focus on the silver lining or figure out a way to move forwards and reframe things.
A good way of reminding yourself is to wear a hair tie, rubber band, or bracelet on your wrist and change wrists every time you catch yourself complaining.
Banning yourself from lying for 30 days can make you realize how many little white lies you tell every day.
Not everyone is guilty of this, but many of us fabricate the truth far more than we’re conscious of.
Utter and complete honesty can be tough, but it can also be liberating and really improve both personal and professional relationships.
Katie splits her time between writing and translation. She writes about travel and self-care and never stays in one place for too long. She’s currently based in beautiful Cornwall, England, after long stints in Brazil and Mexico. She spends her free time trail running, exploring and devouring vegan food.