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