A Year of 28 Day Challenges
Within my small circle of family and friends I’m fairly well known for regularly being outside of my comfort zone, over the past six years since I bought the farm it’s become the norm and often not by choice!
The early days of learning to live in discomfort were extremely difficult and resulted in me developing anxiety and panic attacks. These emotions were alien to me at the time, having always been a risk taker I could handle a reasonable amount of stress. I suddenly found myself learning to deal with all the discomfort and learning to deal with the mental health issues that came with it.
My challenges weren’t your run of the mill kind of things and certainly not positions you’d put yourself in through choice. But regardless of the how and why I was in the uncomfortable situations I had to find ways to get through, beyond and keep moving forward.
I could of course have quit and walked away, but that’s not my style!
Now, I’m not for a second suggesting anyone ever put themselves through the kind of discomfort I was forced to go through, but I do believe that shifting out of your comfort zone is healthy and helps us grow as people and in life.
“The comfortable road will never lead you to the person you are destined to be in life, never.”
Here’s what I learned through living in discomfort –
- I developed an almost iron clad resilience to be able to handle stressful situations. Keeping your mind clear and working through discomfort in a calm, rational way is the key to progressing in life and overcoming hurdles that will inevitably be put in front of you.
- I realised I had all the courage and inner strength I needed to do things I’d feared and was surprised how courageous I’d become.
- I found out exactly what grit, determination and commitment really meant!
- I grew in new and unexpected ways and have never felt more confident in myself.
I’m grateful for every uncomfortable experience, for all the good they have brought into my life and I wouldn’t change any of it. Hard challenges bring difficulty, discomfort, uncertainty, resistance and fear but all of those emotions are nothing we need to fear. We don’t have to run from things because they are hard or scary, or because we feel resistance.
I’ve decided to set myself challenges for 28 days every month this year. The challenges are different to my personal and business goals because I enjoy working towards goals, challenges are things I don’t like to do, things that make me feel uncomfortable or fearful.
The first challenge I set myself in January was to put a free three-part video workshop together for my Facebook group The Good Life Club and continue to do videos for my online courses and social media every day. Video is not my strong point; I always feel incredibly uncomfortable going on camera, but I knew I had to do it to progress my business. By sticking to my challenge, it got easier and easier. Now I’m not afraid at all.
At the beginning of the year I put together a list of challenges that may make me feel a little uncomfortable but more importantly will enrich my life. My list is long and varied but here are a few things on my list in no particular order that I have to choose to do every day for 28 days…
- Write a blog post every day.
- Limit my working hours.
- Practice self-care.
- Start a podcast.
- Meditate for one hour every day.
- Read a book.
- Do yoga.
- Finish the ebooks I started months ago.
- Keep up with my accounts.
For my February challenge I've chosen to write a blog post every day and practice self-care.
These challenges present challenges of their own, I know I’m going to come up with resistance to be able to complete which ever challenge I’m working on… Excuses not to do the challenge, procrastination, ego, boredom, feeling overwhelmed, feelings of not being good enough.
Getting through all of these things creates a stronger mindset and pushes our growth - whether that’s personal or business, and this year I want to continue to work on both!
As I work through each month I’ll update the blog with what I’m tackling that month and how I’m getting on.
This year is going to be a big one for me and the farm, I’m looking forward to what comes from these challenges.
Why don’t you have a go at challenging yourself too?