2016 is all about challenges.
Last year I ended up signing up for: a year-long reading challenge, a whole-life health challenge, and a writing challenge. In thinking about the different challenges and the impact each had on me, I started to think about what else I want to do, how I want to feel, who I want to be, and what I want to learn.
I don’t want another year to go by where I do things only if they happen to come up, I want to seek them out with thought and intent. So I created a plan.
2016 is my year of challenges. There will be 12 challenges I will set up or sign up for throughout the year, a different one each month.
The challenges for the next few months are almost finalized so I can research/ cue them up while I outline the rest of the year. Naturally I lean towards challenges that interest me (take a photo a day and write a few sentences about each) versus ones that scare me (stand-up comedy).
Then there are the challenges I don’t really want to do (yoga/stretching/meditation) but know I need to. I will be mixing them up as much as possible to push myself. The goal is to pick up new skills, new abilities, and to learn a few things along the way. Time is also a factor as the year progresses, so that is something I will need to figure out how to balance as well.
To make this more official, I create guidelines I will be following to determine what qualifies as a “challenge”:
- Align with one (or more) of my three words
- Better/improve myself or the lives of others
- Pushes me out of my routine and/or comfort zone,
- Help me create new habits
- Something that I wouldn’t normally do
- Learn something new
I reserve the right to add or change the guidelines as I start the challenges and progress through the year. It’s my thing, I make the rules so therefore I can change them.
My caveat is that I would prefer it be a year about challenges I give myself. I feel like I’m tempting fate by continuing to refer to 2016 as a year of challenges. I don’t need the world to give me any, I manage to find them well enough on my own. YOU HEAR THAT WORLD? You can keep your El Ninos, etc. I don’t want any extra credit, I only want the challenges I’m planning.
If only it worked that way.
- Healthy eating (no alcohol, sugar, processed foods, etc.)
- Reading challenge
- Daily workouts
- Daily meditation
- Daily writing
- Networking/meeting new people
- Tidying Up
- 30 days of editing book
- Bed by 10pm
- Waking up early
Have any ideas? I’m taking suggestions, please leave them in the comments, or share them with me!
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”
Photo credit: Greg Rakozy