30 Ways To Challenge Yourself In 30 Days

What can you do in  a month to enhance your prospect of personality development? Here’s an idea,   prepare a list of 30 ways in which you can challenge yourself and grow as a person. To get you started, here is the list of 30 ways to challenge yourself in  30 days. 

Day 1 – Smile at a stranger

Smile at a stranger

Yes, it is extremely uncomfortable in the beginning. But just try. Who knows, it might create a positive moment between you and the stranger. Plus, it might just amplify your confidence and brighten up your day. Kick start your 30-day challenge with the toughest one out of the lot.

Day 2 – Give a compliment to someone you know

Give a compliment to someone

No, don’t compliment someone superficially by commenting on the person’s outfit or hair. Because you are passing a compliment to someone you know very well, let the comment be a little insightful and unique.

For instance, you probably like how your colleague can stay calm even under immense pressure. Then let him/her know about it. Be expressive.

Day 3 – Talk to your loved one over the phone

 Talk to your loved one over the phone

Stop messaging them, pick up the phone, and dial the number. Talk. Reminiscence about the past. Plan for the future. Appreciate the present. Do whatever it takes. Just call and talk.

Day 4 – Be kind to someone for no reason

Be kind to someone for no reason

Do an act of kindness to someone. Don’t expect anything in return. Cook for a homeless person. Or help an old being by carrying the bag of groceries upstairs. Just commit one kind act.

Day 5 – Read something you have never read before

Read something you have never read before

Read a political news story if you have always restricted yourself to page -3 gossip. Read something that falls out of your reading zone. Accumulate knowledge.

Day 6 – Ditch the digital world for an hour

 Catch up with old friends

Ditch your phone for 60 minutes. Stay away from your laptop. Go for a walk. Catch up with old friends over a cup of coffee. Just have a digital detox for at least an hour. This is one of the best ways to challenge yourself in 2019.

Day 7 –Take out time to do something that makes you smile

Take out time to do something that makes you smile

It could be something as silly as having fun with your coloring book, or as serious as finding a Kickstarter for something you care about.

Day 8–Read a book from your ‘to be read’ section
Read a book from your ‘to be read’ section

Take out a book from your pile of books you’ve hoarded but never read. Sit with the book and read at least 30 pages from it.

Day 9 – Exercise a little more than every day

Exercise a little more than every day

And if you haven’t exercised regularly before, start now.

Day 10 – Declutter your wardrobe

Declutter your wardrobe

Donate everything you won’t wear anymore. Throw away everything that is of no use to anyone. Decluttering your wardrobe will help you find the right accessories for enhancing your personality development.

Day 11 – Take the stairs

Take the stairs

One of the toughest challenges from the 30-day challenge is to work on your fitness. Start now, start small, by taking the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator.

Day 12 –Go an extra mile for your loved one

 surprise visit

One of the ways to challenge yourself in 2019 is to be more open to your loved one. Accomplish this by doing something special for them. Cook a meal for two or pay them a surprise visit. Decide on something and do it.

Day 13 – Learn a new word

Learn a new word

Download any app that teaches you a new word every day. Learn the word and use it in your day-to-day vocabulary.

Day 14 –Reach out to someone with whom you lost touch

reconnect

It could be your best buddy from school, or a teacher who inspired you years ago. Don’t just keep them in your memory. Reach out to them and reconnect. Build your network right from where you started it all.

Day 15 –Check out an item from your wish list

Go on a hike

One of the best things about the 30-day challenge is to finally be able to do something that you always wished to do. Go on a hike you had in mind since months. Or buy that outfit that you were conscious of wearing publicly.

Day 16 – Go solo

Go solo

Grab a tub of popcorn and go to a movie. Or have a dinner at a cozy restaurant. The catch is that you should do these things alone. This is one of the best ways to achieve personality development, because being solo makes you more aware about yourself.

Day 17 – Meditate

Meditate

Don’t think too much. Just start meditating. Start small with just 5 minutes of meditation. Gradually increase the time once you experience its benefits.

Day 18 –Make a wish list

Set your goals

Stay aware of what you want. Set your goals. There is no better way to challenge yourself in 2019.

Day 19 – Attend an unusual event

Attend an unusual event

Attend an event that falls outside of your professional area. Meet people who do things differently than you do. This is one of the best ways to challenge yourself.

Day 20 – Write a letter to your future self

Write a letter to your future self

Don’t shy away from being ambitious in the letter. Envision who you want to become 10 years down the line. Write it down.

Day 21 –Go for a makeover

Go for a makeover

Try something bold. Go for a drastic haircut. Or wear something you would never wear, even in your imagination.

Day 22 – Say goodbye to toxicity

Cut out toxic people from your life

Cut out toxic people from your life. You don’t need negative vibes. Ignore all criticism, unless its constructive.

Day 23 – ‘Unplan’ a vacation

‘Unplan’ a vacation

Just pack your bags, grab your passport, and catch a flight to somewhere. Once you reach there, just enjoy the moment. Don’t plan anything. Just go.

Day 24 – Learn something unexpected

 learn something outside your comfort zone

Learn something you never thought you’d learn. It can be a piano lesson or a dance class. Just learn something outside your comfort zone.

Day 25 – Write something good

Write something good

It could be about someone else, or simply about your own self. Like something good that you did or something that happened to you. Treasure the memory.

Day 26 – Try cooking a challenging meal – one of the best ways to challenge yourself

Try cooking a challenging meal

You love the recipe. But it’s too complicated to follow. So, it’s just stuck on the door of your refrigerator. Take it off, shake off the dust, and start cooking. Enjoy a good meal as part of your 30-day challenge.

Day 27 – Do something you are scared of

Do something you are scared of

Go for that bungee jumping. Or speak in front of a room filled with people. Just conquer your fear for a day and do it.

Day 28 – Be honest with yourself

Be honest about your strength and flaws

This is probably one of the toughest ways to challenge yourself. But remember, honesty is really the best policy. Especially when it comes to personality development. Be honest about your strength and flaws.

Day 29 – Apologize to someone you’ve hurt

Apologize to someone you’ve hurt

If you’ve hurt someone, this is the best time to genuinely apologize for it. A heartfelt sorry can go a long way in building stronger relationships.

Day 30 – Don’t complain for 24 hours

Don’t complain for 24 hours

Don’t utter a single negative sentence. Just count your blessings for the next 24 hours and seehow it works magic.

Dr Prem Jagyasi (c)

Dr Prem is an award winning strategic leader, renowned author, publisher and highly acclaimed global speaker. Aside from publishing a bevy of life improvement guides, Dr Prem runs a network of 50 niche websites that attracts millions of readers across the globe. Thus far, Dr Prem has traveled to more than 40 countries, addressed numerous international conferences and offered his expert training and consultancy services to more than 150 international organizations. He also owns and leads a web services and technology business, supervised and managed by his eminent team. Dr Prem further takes great delight in travel photography.

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