Well done, you’ve taken the first step of many 🙂 I would like to take the opportunity to give you 8 easy tips to make the most success out of your personal challenge.
1/ Define your reasons for challenging yourself
Cultivate a well-thought out, honest intention that will continue to motivate you for the length of the challenge, be specific about it and write them down. Don’t just say I would like to spend less time on Social Media, become more active and loose some weight while I’m at it. It’s going to be easier to reach your goal when you are more specific. Above all, set an achievable goal.
Keep in mind that our goals can be very different from each other and that you need to make a goal that suits you. If it’s been a long time since you’ve walked, then start with one km and grow steadily.
2/ Make that commitment to yourself
Once you’ve set that goal, make that commitment to yourself and hold yourself accountable.
However, personal drive usually isn’t enough. It may be enough to get you started, but after a week or two the “new years resolution effect” begins to set in and your initial enthusiasm slowly begins to fade. In order to prevent this and stay committed, you need a way of holding yourself accountable.
My favorite ways to keep myself on track:
- Say it out loud, let everyone know what you are up to and what your plans are.
- Use a weekly or daily goal system that works for you.
- Join the Backyard Hikers community – done!
3/ Make a commitment to the community
Surrounding yourself with like-minded people can be extremely powerful to make this a succes story. It can provide you with the confidence and motivation you need to take your commitment to a whole new level. It’s not going to be easy and that’s where encouragement from each other and good inspiration comes in. There is always someone doing something amazing, which can have the effect of inspiring you to go harder and achieve bigger goals. If you haven’t joined the Backyard Tribe yet, it’s time to do so.
4/ Prepare and plan!
Know which part of the Backyard you are going to discover and when you are going to fit it in. It sounds easy to fit in only 10 minutes of being outside every day. But, sometimes life can overtake us and before we know it, our day has gone by, we are tired and even those 10 minutes are too much to ask.
To avoid this I would strongly suggest to PLAN your 10 minutes beforehand. Are you going to step outside first thing of the day? Then set your alarm 10 minutes earlier. Are you going to go outside during lunch break? Pack lunch in the morning to avoid getting in line to buy yourself lunch and loosing your 10 minutes. It’s a cool idea to plan your 10 minutes when you pick-up the kids from school! Park the car a little bit further away, be sure to pack a warm jacket (if needed) and walk to the school. It will also give the youngster the opportunity to unwind and to tell their adventures of the day.
There are plenty of opportunities to fit in those 10 minutes, you just need to plan them in 🙂
5/ Reward yourself
Every time you are a step closer to your goal, reward yourself. The challenge should be a positive experience, it’s a way for you to celebrate your health, both mentally as physically.
There will likely be bumps on the road, but when you remind yourself of your original intention and that you’re doing the best you can, that goes a long way to ensure you’ll be successful, long-term.
6/ Ask a friend to join!
It can certainly make a difference when your friends and family support your effort to cultivate health and wellness in your life. It can only help to meet your goal. Even better is that they join you and you get a Backyard buddy!
If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together
7/ Start the challenge with an open mindset
Along the way I’m going to give you ideas to do while discovering your Backyard. They might not all be your cup of tea but you want to give it a try anyway. You might surprise yourself 😉
8/ Redefine Success for you
The “60 Days to Discover” Challenge presents you with an opportunity to reveal your best self and to maintain healthy routines for the rest of your life. Don’t think of these challenges as short-term; rather, they are a way to reaffirm your commitment to yourself—and you have a whole lifetime to succeed at that.
Yours truly, Peggy – A Backyard Hiker