You can search the word “challenge” on Pinterest, and get a pin on how to improve almost every aspect of your life in 30 days. Despite the seemingly random variety, all of these challenges have one thing in common: your self-perception. If you are the freak of nature who is 100% perfect with their mind and body, then first let me applaud, and second, let me make the assumption that you are not searching the corners of the internet seeking self-help infograms. For the rest of the us, we need to ask ourselves a question before delving any further: “Am I doing this for me?”
If you are looking up bikini body challenges, because a family member commented on you weight: A.) Remember, opinions are like assholes; everybody has one, B.) Your family member is probably an asshole and C.) You are not looking to improve yourself for you, your looking to improve yourself for that family member’s approval.
Most of us are susceptible to allowing outward negativity to negatively affect us inside. If you choose to give others’ a voice more powerful than your own, no challenge will ever give you the sense of fulfillment you’re looking for because you’re doing it for the wrong reason. When you make the conscience choice to make changes to better your life, everyday will be a challenge not to revert to “pre-enlightenment” thinking.
That is not to say, sometime it’s good to confuse the body and mind. It’s called muscle confusion, and it’s normally reserved for the gym, but while the brain is not anatomically a muscle, it has muscles. So it works here, too. In a 30 day challenge, you are intentionally taking yourself out of your comfort zone, and forcing yourself to do something new that you may or may not enjoy for a month. At the end of the day(s), you may or may not have the intended outcome, but you can admit you can be proud that you did something you didn’t do last month.
I’ve decided to embark on a few different challenges, and I will update the progress at the 15 day point, and at the end of the 30 days. I want to see if the results promised will really manifest themselves with hard work and dedication. I don’t want to say if they will be “worth it”, because regardless of the outcome I will see results in the long run.
DISCLAIMER: I AM NOT A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL, OR PRETENDING TO BE SO. PLEASE SEEK MEDICAL ADVISE BEFORE DOING SOME CRAZY SHIT YOU’VE NEVER DONE BEFORE.
For my challenges, I am focusing on my body, mind, and soul. I chose Culture Trip’s The 30-Day Health Challenge with a slight addendum (64 oz of H2O daily) for my overall internal health. Nsfitbitch’s 30 Day Guns, Buns, and Abs is what I will be using for my exercise regimen. To enhance the brain, I’m going to do the 15 Day Confidence Challenge from Popsugar. And finally to stop being such a Negative Nancy, and become a Positive Patty, I found Les Naly’s 30 Day Positivity Challenge. I’ve included pics at the bottom so you have one centralized location, if you want to take part in any of these.
Only time will tell.