A new year is time to reflect on the year before; the trials, the happiness and the newly discovered. It’s a time to put behind certain things and start with a clean slate. For most of us, we make promises to ourselves, most of which we won’t keep in the form of resolutions. Many of these resolution’s often don’t make it to the end of the month.
This year, I’m not out to make these promises to myself.
Largely inspired by my best friend I will take part in a year of 30-day challenges. These will be realistic goals that take part over 30 days. Each month will be a different challenge to push myself to be a better musician, writer, artist and general person.
To kick it all off, this month I will practise piano EVERYDAY, for at least an hour. This sounds like a ridiculously easy challenge for someone who is a pianist but scheduling time everyday is both difficult and full of excuses. Even today, I kept trying to tell myself that I should start tomorrow, because Fuck, I’m too hungover. However, I gave myself a kick in the butt and practiced as soon as I got home. I mostly just played through some of my favourite songs, but it was a start to something and it felt good.
Over the course of the next year, through these 30 day challenges I hope to develop better habits for myself and hope they stick for more than the 30 days.
So before you write “lose xx lbs” in your imaginary list of resolutions, make mini challenges instead on how to reach it. Know yourself, and make them realistic. How about a walk everyday? or make one meal vegetarian?
Or you can try something new and challenge yourself every 30 days. If it doesn’t work out, it will be over in a month.