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VIEWPOINT: Your 30-day challenge


“Challenge is a dragon with a gift in its mouth … Tame the dragon and the gift is yours”

I just love these awesome words by Noela Evans.

31 days until 2014 … can you believe that? This one crept up on you faster than any year before …

If you look back at 2013, how was it? Was it a great year? What significant things did you achieve? Will 2013 stand out in some special way?

Most of you will probably say that so much was happening and that you were just trying to make sense and survive at the same time. But what if, despite all the stuff happening around you, you survived it all and are able to look back and remember some great stuff, some real life-changing moments?

30-day challenges (read great stuff)

30-day challenges are things you would love to add to your life, committing to them and actually doing them for the next 30 days.

You can add some awesome new habits that will enrich your life forever.

A tip is to decide on small challenges that you know you can do. That means you’ll follow through and it’s sustainable.

Personal and inspiring ones

I did it and 2013 will be remembered for some awesome 30-day cycles. I now take on a monthly challenge and it has been life changing.

Still planning my next one.

Some inspiring ones clients tackled – a novel in 30 days, 30 days of cycling to work and no TV for 30 days.


I’ve learnt so many things throughout my 30-day challenges. The most striking ones were:

  • Time passed slower and was way more memorable (and we all need more time).
  • I conquered and gained self-confidence.
  • I learned if I really want something I could do it.

‘How to’ steps

1 List things you’ve always wanted to do.

2 Choose one to commit to for the next 30 days.

3 Share it with people you know will keep you accountable.

4 Do it every day.

5 Celebrate your victory at the end of day 30 because you deserve it!

6 Start at step 2 again …

Your 30-day challenge

What are you waiting for?

You’ve got 31 days until 2014.

Make them really count and remember 2013 for … (your challenge).

Good luck!

Stanford Payne CA(SA)