Try Something New for the New Season. I Did!

Heather Palow
September 20, 2017

As a member of several coaching groups, I continually reap the benefits of sharing knowledge and resources with my fellow Coaches. Recently, one shared with me an interesting TedEd talk entitled “Try Something New for 30 Days” and asked me to consider what I’ve always wanted to do consistently but just haven’t.

I was surprised to find that my first thought was journaling. The surprise came from the knowledge that I write quite a lot every day, mostly resumes, cover letters, and other documents for my career clients. But to sit down and write for myself, well, that’s always felt a bit overwhelming.

I took up the challenge, and knowing my personality, I created a short action plan for success:

  • Take 10 minutes to find a paper journal with prompts – no blank pages to give me writer’s block or hours spent in the aisles of Staples in an attempt to find the perfect journal!
  • Write for 10 minutes each day – giving myself a time limit reduced the feeling of overwhelm.
  • Don’t go to bed without taking the time to write – my journal of choice has gratitude prompts so I thought at the very least I could write down things I’m thankful for before going to sleep.

In the end, I managed to journal for 27 of the 30 days, not bad for my first attempt. While the number of days wasn’t really my focus, consistency was the key. I found that taking the time to write down a few things helped bring the things I spent energy on into focus, brought structure to my feelings of chaos, and calmed my many thoughts before going to bed.

Would I do it again? Yes! I’m really enjoying the journaling so I’m going to continue with that process. In my desire to start the “something new for 30 days” right away, I printed a pdf version of a gratitude journal I found online and now I'm going to order a full version of it for the upcoming new year.

Since I’ve had a good experience with my first 30 day “something new” challenge, I’ve decided to try a second one. This time I’m focusing on celebrating fall, my favorite season, with Griffin, my favorite scruffy little pup. Wish us luck as we get outside every day, enjoy the fall leaves and change of the seasons!

What will you do for your “something new for 30 days?” What short action plan will you create to help make it a success?

Heather Palow Finding Your Moment

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