I constantly see friends of mine doing these 30-day challenges (perhaps you've seen them or even done one yourself).
They will post about it on Facebook or tell me how great they feel because they are doing something like this for 30 days:
- Writing a gratitude list each day
- Only eating Paleo
- Doing planks every day
- Writing in a journal every morning
- Learning a new word from a different language
- Drinking eight glasses of water each day.
I see them months later, and the conversation typically goes like this:
Me: Are you still writing a gratitude list every day? How's that going?
Me: The gratitude list challenge that you were doing, the one you were posting about on Facebook each day.
Friend: Oh.... Yeah. That was awesome but I stopped after 30 days when it was over.
And that's what seems to be the big issue with many of these 30-day challenges. Something doesn't click. Or rather, it doesn't stick. They aren't helping us to change for the long run. They are a short-term fix.
Today, I wanted to share with you a 30-day challenge that actually DID change me--so much so that it's become a part of my everyday life.
Disclaimer: Yes, this is a 30-day challenge but it should be repeated every 30 days
If you incorporate this into your life and faithfully practice it (you won't be perfect at it, and that's completely fine), here's what you can expect:
- Wonderful new opportunities (more opportunity typically leads to more money)
- More connections, conversations, and friends
- Peace of mind
- You'll start to see the world in a much different, better way.
And that's just the start....
The Most Important Person Challenge
Last year, I came across this challenge in a book by the late personal development pioneer and radio legend Earl Nightingale. As soon as I read it and tried it out, I knew my life would never be the same.
Want to change your world and your environment completely?
Here's a simple (but difficult) challenge.... If you do this for 30 days, your entire world WILL indeed change.
For 30 days, treat every person you meet, without a single exception, as the most important person on earth.
You will find that they will begin treating you the same way. You see, every person, as far as they are concerned, is the most important on earth. How does the world look at you? Exactly as you look at the world.
Some Tips and Tricks
Yes, the premise of this challenge is VERY simple, but sometimes the simplest things can be the hardest because they go against how we typically live our life (I know that was the case for me). So here are some ways that I've been able to get better at this challenge:
- Give Thanks and Get Out of Self in the Morning
I get on my knees, say thanks, and ask for help and guidance. I say three simple sentences, "Love, serve, and remember. Remember what? Remember to love and serve."
- Keep the Golden Rule in Mind
"I have something that I call my Golden Rule. It goes something like this: 'Do unto others 25 percent better than you expect them to do unto you.'.... The 25 percent is for error."--Linus Pauling, Nobel Prize winner
- Keep the Benefits in Mind
Whenever you're focusing on making new changes in your life, it's very important to keep the benefits in mind and focus on the good that is also going to come to you. This will especially help you when you aren't in a great mood and really don't feel like being all that nice.
- Remember That You Are Human
I have yet to do this perfectly, but I keep trying, and simply by trying to do it each day, my life improves.
Are you up for the challenge?