The original idea is to choose a small thing to that is relatively easy to adapt into your life. Switching soda for water, for instance, doesn’t take a lot of effort and can help your waistline, your health and your wallet. But at the end of 30 days are you just going to shrug and pick up the soda can again? Why sabotage all that work?
There are other pitfalls out there. Letting your schedule fill back in, letting your support system forget that you’re still trying to do X on a regular basis. The most insidious one of all? You not really caring any more. The thing is, it’s not that you don’t care it’s that you’re letting the self-care that you need slide as you pick up other tasks and time-sucking activities. Don’t let that happen …
We’ve got options as we look forward … we can …
Continue with our same goal. If you don’t have it completely integrated into your life then just keep going. 30 days is just an arbitrary number if you’re not quite there yet who says you can’t simply continue doing what you’re doing.
Pick a new mini goal. Maybe you focused on exercise but now you want to focus on food. Or maybe you focused on relaxation and now you want to do a kick booty challenge. Pick another small thing and another 30 day challenge and go.
Expand the goal you just accomplished. Maybe your goal was to work out 30 minutes a day but you want to bump it to 40. Or you focused on five servings of fruits and veg a day but you want to go for seven. Your next goal can be an expansion of what you just did. See if you can push the envelope a little.
Do nothing and be happy. Always a legitimate choice. If you don’t feel like challenging yourself for a while then take a break. Relax and enjoy what you’ve accomplished. We keep calling this a small change but it’s not really. These changes can impact you for the rest of your life. Literally. It’s perfectly ok to be happy where you are and savor your success.
So how are you doing? What do you think you’ll do next?