What’s the point of doing a 30-day challenge?

This is a question that many people have asked me more times than I have kept track of. I can answer fairly easily: I can wax poetic about the growth in confidence, and sense of self efficacy; the bolstering of my sense of social responsibility, and my newfound ability to stop over thinking things. I could talk for days about how challenges have helped me learn to live more presently, and have greatly improved my time management skills. All these things are true, but they really aren’t the point of the 30-day challenge.

At some point in your life you will, not by choice, be thrown into a situation that tests your limits. There will be something you encounter that pushes your physical and/or mental capabilities to an extreme degree. You will come upon a situation that you’re sure you will never get out of, but you will.

Day by day, step by step, moment by moment, you will be able to extricate yourself from whatever has befallen you. I know this blog needs me to do another challenge – I know it is because of my challenges that you all read this blog – but I am working through a challenge of my own right now. I am doing it by using the things I have learned about myself. I am doing lots of yoga, I am expecting some days to be very very hard, I am getting enough sleep and I am taking time to sit quietly and reflect. I am allowing myself to be supported by friends. I am continuing to live my life.

I’m in the middle of a real live challenge, and I am prepared to face it.

Thank you so much to my friends, old and new, that have been there for me.