Last Month, May 17 to be exact, marked the end of my 100 Day Challenge. The funny thing about doing a 100 Day Challenge is that it ends up becoming so much a part of your routine that you don't even realize the end of the challenge. I have been so focused on living in the present, looking forward to completing each daily goal I've set, and being grateful for all the amazing things I have been doing that I kind of forgot that I wanted to write about the completion of my challenge. Well NOW, it's been 120 days since I began my challenge back in February.
I have learned so much whilst doing the challenge. Let's dive into the first part of my challenge, which was to write down goals that I wanted to accomplish the next day. I found that when I wrote down those goals, I knew exactly what the next day was going to look like for me. And, I held myself accountable for getting each of those things done that day because I would only list about 4-5 things. At the end of the day, I would feel wildly accomplished and proud of myself for having an incredibly successful day. The goals consisted of both personal and professional topics, which could be as simple as making it to that yoga class that I wanted to go to at 9am, or reaching out to a number of contacts for Darwin Clothing.
The second part of my 100 Day Challenge focused on gratitude. Every night I would write down three things that I was grateful for each and every day. Again, it could be as simple or complex as you wanted to make it. Some days one of those three things would be having the opportunity to explore a new area to hike, for example. Or, something as "little" as being thankful for being surrounded by so many people who are incredibly supportive and loving. Realistically, it was a huge thing in my life because I realized that not everyone is super close with their family or have kept in touch with friends for 10+ years. Doing this challenge, I realized the more I found to be grateful for, the more I found that I started having better days, weeks, months, etc.
And, even more so, I found that the easiest way to feel amazing is to look for things to be grateful for. I will be continuing on this journey of gratitude and goal setting. In addition to that foundation that I created for myself, I'm adding on to it as well. My next 100 Day Challenge will consist of a two-part mentality. The first will be not being afraid of the word no, or rejection, so to speak. Being fearless to speak up, ask questions, and having a f**k it mentality. The second part of it will be saying yes to new opportunities that will push me out of my comfort zone. I have already begun that part of the challenge by running a 10k, going for extensive bike rides, challenging hikes, and my first camping trip in the desert. All of which, I will post about later this week.
I hope you all will start your own 100 Day Challenges, and join me on this journey of self-discovery and self-development. I know 100 Days may seem a little daunting, so I invite you to challenge yourself for 1 day, 3 days, 5 days. Start small, and work your way up towards a solid foundation. See what ways you can make life more enjoyable and happier. Maktub.
P.S. Couldn't have ended my 100 Day Challenge in a better way than to have @LewisHowes , my inspiration for my challenge, to read my 70 Day update exactly on my 100th day!