A few months ago, I decided to make a commitment to myself to start a new 30 day challenge every 30 days to begin tackling my goals. My first 30 day challenge of blogging every day was really successful.
My second 30 day challenge was a bit of a bust. Partly because I lost track of what my 30 day challenge was (I tried to do two at once) and also because I got a bit lazy. The two 30 day challenges I was trying to implement was to start watching a TED Talk every day and to meditate for 20 minutes each day.
I’ve realized that in order to make a 30 day challenge work, you really need to focus on one new habit. So, my one habit that I’m going to be working on for the next 28 days (I started two days ago) is to bring back writing “Morning Pages” which are part of the Artist’s Way Course. I’ve talked about the Artist’s way a lot in my posts because it has been one of the most valuable personal development activities I’ve ever done.
In terms of my failed 30 day challenges (TED Talks and Daily Meditation), I’m going to still work on making these regular habits but I’m going try to bring them back one at at time starting next month.
Let’s start off this fine Monday morning with a little inspiration.
One of the reasons why I love this TED Talk is because it’s so relevant to everyone. We all want to be right all the time. Last week, a colleague of mine corrected me on a word that I had used incorrectly (medium vs. media) in a presentation. My initial reaction was that of shock because I’ve been using that word for years in the wrong context but after a few seconds, I instantly appreciated the feedback. Sure my ego took a beating but at the end of the day I gained a valuable growth opportunity.
So my advice for the day is to set aside your ego and embrace being wrong. Being wrong helps us grow and widen our perspective.
I was driving to work today and I noticed the $50 million Lotto Max sign. If you’re not familiar with this lottery, it’s one of the biggest jackpots in British Columbia. When the Lotto Max hits $50 million for two consecutive weeks, new $1 million jackpots called Max Millions are added to the draw.
I’m not much of a gambler but I occasionally buy lottery tickets especially when the Lotto Max hits $50 million. There is this small part of me that clings to the fantasy of winning a big jackpot and using it to finance the items on my bucket list. (If you don’t have a bucket list, check out bucketlist.org for an awesome tool for creating your bucket list.
This got me thinking about how technology is increasing the accessibility of lotteries. I remember the days when the only places you could buy lottery tickets was at the grocery store or at a gas station.
I was watching a video earlier today and as it was loading, an advertisement for Molson Canadian Beer popped up. I was going to press the little “Skip” button but was intrigued by the red fridge.
This advertisement is amazing. It showcases the brand well and makes me proud to be a Canadian. Everything from the creative execution to the packaging of the fridge are impressive. I can’t wait to see what they do next!
Great ideas are a dime a dozen. It’s what you do with that idea that matters.
Lot’s of people get stuck thinking that they need to find their life purpose or have their business idea solid before they can make the leap. You don’t necessarily need to have everything ready to go at once. You just need to take incremental steps forward to making your dream, business or idea a reality.
It’s easy to get stuck thinking that your conditions have to change or that you’re too busy with life to move towards your goals and dreams.