30 Days to Success.
Surely I’m not the first person to write about the 30 day method, but since it’s one of my most important tools on the path to my goals, I would like to tell you about it and maybe inspire you to try it for yourself.
It is a very simple method and I believe that in its simplicity lies the key to its success. If there is a good habit or skill you always wanted to implement into your life, this method might be an optimal starting point to accomplish that. Over time it will enable you to get closer to your goals and make life easier.
First you have to decide which goal to pursue first and then think of something you could to each day to reach it. Now that you know what to do, commit yourself to do it every day for 30 days.
In my experience 30 days is an optimal timespan to try implementing new positive habits into your life. It is short enough to actually keep it up and long enough to allow you to see the benefits and to stick to it if you deem it worthy.
In the coming weeks I’ll post some of my experiments now and again to maybe inspire you to try some of your own.
Here is a short list of some of the last experiments:
- Showering cold (kept)
- 3 steps to gratitude (finished after 30 days, positive effects continue)
- 1 sentence for more happiness (finished after 30 days, planning on reestablishing it)
- Vegetarian lifestyle (kept 97%)
- Soylent green (finished after 30 days, interesting results/Experience)
- Become sporty (finished after 30 days, positive, needs some tinkering to make it permanent)
Right now I have just started my second approach to enhance my creativity. To do that I’m writing down 10 new ideas to a new topic every day (one of my first lists was one of possible idea lists).
Not every experiment has to be a success. I failed miserably at my first try to write 1000 words each day on the second day. I just didn’t have the self-discipline to go through with it at the time.
Now after I’ve successfully finished quite a few experiments and raised my self-discipline as a side effect, I’ll start a new trial after my creativity experiment. I’ll probably go with a reduced number of 500 words though.
A Starting Point
For a start I would suggest an experiment that is easy to do but still has a lasting positive impact on your life. I can heartily recommend “3 steps to gratitude” as one experiment that fits the bill.
For this Experiment you write down 3 new things each day that you are grateful for. A good way to do it is by sending you these 3 things as a response to the 3 things you wrote the day before by mail. Each day you do this you will program your brain to better notice the things you can be grateful for. A part of the gratitude will turn into happiness that will accompany you even after the 30 days are over.
The 30 day method is a tool successful people use to get ahead, but it’s so easy to implement that everyone can use it to create good habits and make life a little better every month.
Thank you and good luck!