21-Day Challenge: The New You
21-Day Challenge: The New You
Alright, ladies, they say it takes 21 days to create (or break) a habit. So, if you’re ready to kick a bad habit, or develop a new one, it’s time to challenge yourself. Whether you’re trying to become a vegetarian, quit smoking, or get in shape, determination and consistency are essential. Here are 21 tips to help you stay committed to your goal over the next 21 days:
- Write it down
Studies show that people who visually see their goals are more likely to achieve them. So write that vision and make it plain! [Habakkuk 2:2]
- Tell Someone About It
It’s always good to tell a close friend or supportive family member what you’re trying to accomplish. This way, you’ll have motivators and supporters during your journey.
- Listen to a Podcast
Shift your perspective. There are a lot of informative, educational, and funny podcasts you can listen to while performing daily tasks.
- Try a new entree at a restaurant
Open your mind up to new tastes and get out of your comfort zone.
- Color or Draw a Picture
Once again, a nice escape from reality that is a great stress reliever.
- Reorganize your Bedroom or Furniture
Sometimes all it takes is a new perspective of your home to influence new habits
- Pamper Yourself
Reserve a day during these 21 days to treat yourself, like going to a spa. .
- Journal Your Journey
It’s motivating to see how much you’ve accomplished over the timespan. Track your daily progress in a journal or notebook over the next three weeks. You might surprise yourself.
- Surround Yourself with Like-minded Individuals
This may sound like a given, but sometimes we’re not aware of the company we keep. Even if they’re your best friends, people who are condoning your bad habits (or not supporting your vision) with hinder your growth. Bad company corrupts good character [1 Corinthians 15:33]
- Read a Novel
Books can be a nice escape from reality and very relaxing.
- Learn a New Recipe
This list is definitely challenging you with getting out of your comfort zone, so why not try it with cooking?
- Host a Game Night
Cook that new dish from tip #16, pull out some board games, and invite over a few folks for an evening of fun and laughter.
- Sell Old Items
Out with the old, and in with the new. Get rid of things you no longer need or hinder you from moving forward (and get some money for doing so!)
- Don’t Look Back
Even if you slipped up during this challenge, beating yourself up about it is not healthy or productive. Stay positive, reposition your focus, and keep going!
- Write a Poem
This helps open your mind and release all of your thoughts and creativity on paper.
- Call a Friend
When was the last time you had a conversation over the phone with a friend? Sometimes we have the “habit” of getting so busy, we don’t know what’s going on in the lives of people closest to us.
- Seek Alternatives
Sometimes all it takes is replacing a bad habit with another one to maintain consistency in your regimen: eating popcorn instead of chips, using vapor instead of cigarettes, etc. No, the process isn’t always easy, but definitely worth a try.
- Remove every negative word from your vocabulary
THIS is a given. Get serious about start thinking positive! Your actions will follow!
- Take a Dance Lesson
Another way to get out of your comfort zone and introduce yourself to something new
- Go Window Shopping
Keeping your wallet at home, take a trip to the mall or your favorite outlet. It might be hard, but this will help you practice controlling impulse and patience
- Share Your Accomplishment/Journey
Whew! What a journey, right? Look over the last 21 days and see how much you’ve grown. Even if you didn’t reach your goal, you’ve accomplished so much more. Now, share this challenge with someone else. Like you, it can help build their confidence to do the same. Let’s encourage and support one another to become a better version of ourselves, one day at a time.
With a B.A in English, Ashley Cottrell has written blogs for Virginia Bride Magazine, Bronze Mag, and has been a contributing writer for numerous other digital entities. Although a Virginia-native, Ashley resides in Puerto Rico fulfilling her passion as a freelance writer. She aims to use her gift of writing to inspire others and share the gospel of Christ. When she's not writing, you can find her nose-deep in a game of chess, Salsa dancing, or making homemade skin care products.