I love 30 day challenges.
For 2017, I aim to have 1 or 2 challenges going per month. Some new, some old, and some continued. For January, I am doing a sun salutation challenge and a gratitude journalling one. (Check out my Instagram to keep up-to-date with my efforts and motivations: http://www.instagram.com/glvenn
30 day challenges are a great way to try something new. Be it getting a taste of a new hobby, trialling a new way of life or outlook, or testing out a new exercise regime.
But 30 day challenges are much more than taster sessions. 30 day challenges can form the basis of successful new habit building and can even lead to long term mastery.
Committing to something for 30 day creates the foundation for a future ingrained habit. We have all heard the popular saying 'it takes 3 weeks to build a new habit', well although that statement isn't quite 100% true - it's more like 66 days - it's close enough to make a big difference in your life.
Its a very simple progression from new experience to long term mastery based around this 30 day sequence.
Completing a new 30 day challenge let's you know if it's your thing. It answers the simple question 'do I like it?'. If by the end of of the 30 days you decide you like it, do it for another 30 days and ingrain it as a habit. When that 30 days rolls round, do it again but make it more challenging or add in a new element. With every new 30 days you progress with your now established habit, you get closer to mastery. You get closer to be an expert.
Through a series of 30 day challenges you can easily transform from a right-out beginner to an expert master. All it takes it time and a willingness to continue to build on the last 30 days.
So, when you next sign up for a 30 day challenge don't just see it as something to try for a month and then discard. Look at it as something you may one day be a master at.