A new year – a new challenge. What new adventures do you want to tackle? What new habits are you considering? Let the following list inspire you to change it up. Before you give to others, give and replenish yourself. And as you implement, marvel at what opportunities present themselves along the way.
Challenge 1 – 30
1. Spend more time in nature. Establish a baseline and then up your game.
2. Travel consciously — 5 minutes, 5 hours, 5 days
3. Do a brain dump daily. Write, sketch, tell someone, whatever it takes.
4. Work out daily. Familiar with the 7-minute-workout? Don’t tell me you don’t have time.
5. Reflect daily, in silence uninterrupted. What have you learned?
6. Express gratitude daily. Thank you.
7. Work on something larger than yourself. Hmmm, what could that be?
8. Let go of something — stuff, relationships, beliefs, maybe a habit?
9. Do something for the first time. Maybe on your birthday?
10. Fundraise on behalf of others.
11. Mentor someone.
12. Put yourself first (oxygen mask). You can’t serve others if you are not well.
13. Put phone on airplane mode at night. That’s right!
14. Ban electronics from the bedroom. I know, it’s not the trend.
15. Create a sanctuary for yourself. At home, at the office, at the park?
16. Create a meaningful ritual. Maybe a morning routine? Or a monthly gathering?
17. Uphold tradition. It helps us to feel grounded in a fast changing world.
18. Listen to music without doing something else at the same time.
19. Read a book. Or two. Or three. Or …
20. Learn about history. What are you curious about?
21. Discover your ancestry. What was it like to live during their times?
22. Improve your wardrobe. What would feel like an upgrade?
23. Improve your appearance. Grow a beard. Shave a beard…
24. Drink less alcohol, smoke less, do something less.
25. Reduce your sugar intake. Try a Whole-30 days without sugar altogether?
26. Eat more fiber. Vegetables anyone?
27. Learn to grow vegetables. Herbs by the kitchen sink?
28. Cook more. A lot more.
29. Save money every day. By cooking more, eating out less, skipping your latte?
30. Have an emergency plan. What 5 things would you take with you if you had to evacuate right now?
Challenge 31 – 60
31. Have a will. Or a living trust. Something.
32. Practice acts of kindness. Frequently.
33. Give people the benefit of the doubt. Like you, they are just trying to make it work.
34. Improve your environment. Rearrange, beautify, clear the air.
35. Be a good team player. Be a better team player.
36. Be a good leader. Be a great leader.
37. Role model good behavior. It starts with kindness.
38. Find your voice. What are you here to do?
39. Pay it forward. Always.
40. Enjoy the moment. Maybe by photographing a flower every day?
41. Do as you say (keep your promises), practice what you preach. Not so easy.
42. Have a morning routine. Mine takes 2 hours. Yours?
43. Find a challenge for yourself. A stretch, which will make you feel alive once accomplished.
44. Think about others and reach out to them. Even if they don’t.
45. Stay informed. But don’t let it distract you.
46. Watch less TV/movies/streaming YouTube videos, etc.
47. Turn your smart phone off once a day, every day.
48. Make a food from scratch — ice cream, maybe chocolate?
49. Floss daily. Dental health is a great indicator of your entire health.
50. Recycle something and research where it ends up.
51. Reuse something that would have ended up in the landfill or in the ocean.
52. Repurpose something — make it fun!
53. Save an animal. They could use our help as well.
54. Save a child. Consider charity:water.
55. Take a picture you love and display it.
56. Paint/sketch something just for fun.
57. Discover a new artist who inspires you.
58. Visit a museum and be inspired.
59. Visit an attraction in your neighborhood.
60. Walk somewhere you would normally drive or ride to. Discover.
Challenge 61 – 90
61. Hang a new picture at home or at work.
62. Meet an artist. Learn about his process.
63. Meet an engineer. Learn about her process.
64. Meet a public servant. Learn about the process of serving.
65. Have a different kind of conversation. How? Just ask a question you haven’t asked before.
66. Volunteer. Somewhere. Anywhere.
67. Sponsor on Kiva.
68. Go on a bike ride, where you have never ridden before.
69. Play a game, a different one.
70. Learn about a craft. Beer brewing maybe?
71. Engage in a DIY project. Have you worked with a 3D printer yet?
72. Check email only 2x/day. You can do it.
73. Turn your computer off every day.
74. Close all of your apps once a day.
75. Treat yourself to silence.
76. Go swimming.
77. Climb to the top of something. Marvel at the different perspective.
78. Go underwater. Again, different perspective.
79. Grow something. Hmmm.
80. Plant something. And then keep it alive.
81. Write a poem.
82. Write a Haiku.
83. Read one of the classics. Take your pick.
84. Visit a prison. Really?
85. Engage with a homeless person. What’s the story?
86. Learn about the ocean. Magical.
87. Drink plenty of water. More than you think you need to.
88. Go for a week without putting on a watch or looking at a clock. Now, that’s a challenge.
89. Get a different haircut or color or both.
90. Upgrade your vision or hearing. Yes, you can.
Challenge 91 – 101
91. Reach out to a stranger. Not so scary, is it?
92. Illuminate something. By entering a room or maybe by simply turning on a light.
93. Go camping.
94. Sleep a night under the stars.
95. Taste something you have never tasted before.
96. Try a new…
97. Touch something new.
98. Speak publicly.
99. Dance to your heart’s content.
100. Run like a cheetah.
101. Fly like an eagle.
Don’t just read these action items and ignore them. Challenge yourself to pick one, thirty, all one hundred and one and keep track of them. Remember last year is over. You are starting this list from scratch right now. Keep track on your calendar or a notebook. And most importantly, let me know what inspired you the most to take action. By making the declaration you are committing. Only with commitment will you take action and lead yourself and others more consciously. Much success!