Hello everyone! I’m writing this post from the slightly chilly, but always lovely Albuquerque, New Mexico. We left yesterday evening and drove overnight to get here for the International Balloon Festival that happens here each year (with the exception of last year because, Covid). We are also heading up to Navajo Dam and do a little fly fishing with the folks at Soaring Eagle Lodge, so I am beyond excited for that. Anyway, in my last post, I wrote that I was planning to do a last 90 days challenge for the end of the year. I attempted to do one last year but my ability to stick with anything was questionable at best, so we all know how that went.
So, what is The Last 90 Days Challenge, you might be asking? Largely, it’s pretty much exactly how it sounds. We take the last quarter of the year, October through December, and use it to help end the year strong and set us up for better success in the new year. And while the last quarter of the year is technically ninety-two days long, for catchy title’s sake, we’re just going to round down. 😉
But what do you actually do during the challenge?
Here’s the real beauty behind the last challenge. There isn’t a set of rules stating that you have to do a, b, and c. You decide what you want to focus on. It can be anything, from fitness goals to mindfulness/mental health goals. Did you have a New Year’s resolution and maybe once summer came you slacked off a bit? Now’s the time to reevaluate your resolution or goal, decide if it’s still right for you, and then commit these final days of the year to accomplishing it.
For me, I decided that I was going to spend my 37th trip around the sun really focusing on growth, for both myself personally, and for my business. Now, a wrench totally got tossed into the mix, but with this challenge, I’m able to pick right back up and start again. There’s no shame in starting over, I promise you that!
My favorite way to do the Last 90 Days Challenge
We’ve all had the moment where we are ready to make changes, and we think to ourselves, “Self, today is the day that we are totally changing everything!” So we make 12 changes overnight and by the end of the week we are overwhelmed, frazzled, and most of us have completely given up on those changes we were so deadset on making. And the reason behind that is because we tried to do too many things at once and frankly, it was way too hard. Or they were over-specific, like losing x pounds in y days. And when you don’t hit that marker, you feel like a massive failure and since you failed at that you’re going to fail at everything, so why bother? Most people have trouble with the “cold-turkey” approach to life. I prefer to build upon small successes. Here is what my challenge is going to look like-
- List the three to four things that I am wanting to focus on the most right now. For me, that will be building a solid skin-care routine (your girls getting old af), developing a healthier lifestyle, and sharpening my creative skills.
- Decide which one of those things you are going to focus on for the first 30 days. I am chosing to focus on building my skin-care routine for the first 30 days.
- Add in your second goal/habit that you want to develope on the next round of 30 days.
- Repeat by building on the your next goal on top of the first two for the final 30 days.
Remember, this is about baby steps! We don’t want to overwhelm ourselves with too many new things at once. So if I complete my skincare routine every day for the next 30 days, but maybe don’t manage to practice an art skill every day or find some way to be active every day for those first 30 days I’m focusing on nailing down skin-care, it’s ok. I’m building habits, and with each successful habit formed, I’m more likely to stick with it than if I burnout right out the gate.
I want to try this, but I’ll need support
Support is crucial to success! Even if it is just as simple as having one person in your corner, cheering you on. It makes a world of difference. So, if you want to join me on this challenge, feel free to drop me a comment below or even email me at email@example.com, and if there is enough interest, I will start a Facebook group for The Last 90 Days Challenge 2021. That way we can all show support to each other on our journey to grow and change ourselves.
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