Steve Pavlina has issued a 30 day challenge on his blog. He is asking his readers to commit to doing a new task for 30 days. I’ve taken up the challenge by promising to post an entry on this blog for a continuous 30 days. I’m on day 5 now and I have some suggestions for those who would like to take up the challenge.
1. Make a game out of it. Set the rules, choose your teammates and set a schedule. Make sure you have some competition. I am really driven by competition and coaching. In the real world of sports it would be almost unthinkable to miss a game as a player. Treat your game the same way. Today is the only time you can do it.
2. Get a picture of what it will be like at the end of the finish line. Take the Body for Life program as an example. They have many before and after pictures of real people who have had success on the weight training program. They have you take a picture of yourself on day one and at certain milestones along the way. If you can see it you can do it.
3. Use the I-Force. Inspiration thru Information, Innovation & Imagination.
1. Get more information on what you are trying to accomplish.
2. Innovate by trying a new twist on your project
3. Use your imagination. Invent new ways of doing things
I find these 3 things help me keep going when things get tough.
Small goals do pay off in time. I set a goal over 4 years ago to reach the level of DTM in Toastmasters. This stands for Distinguished Toastmaster and is the highest level you can achieve in the organization. There were many times I wanted to quit. Some of the leadership positions were very demanding. This level required over 45 speeches and 2 years in a leadership position.
It was really exciting to turn in the final paperwork today and finally become a DTM.
Thank you to all of you who have helped me along the way. Your encouragement and coaching have been invaluable.