From zero blog articles to 100... why challenges work!

Why are 30 or even 100 day-challenges so useful? Is it the best way to fight procrastination and to finally get the motivation to take action in a consistent manner? My 100-day challenge is not a yoga challenge, it is about blogging and here is why and how I do it. 

Today is day number 4 of my 100-day blog challenge. For a yoga coach and teacher, you might ask, why a blog challenge? Because of all the to-dos and communication channels I wished to use to spread my message, blog articles are the ones I always kept pushing back to later. So I wanted to rid myself from all the excuses I had found until now and take the time instead to share my inspiration and yoga methods for the business life, every single morning for 100 days. From the most effective stress management techniques at work to practical relaxation tips, from sharing my own experience as a business coach to providing guidance for self-empowerment, the topics are manifolds and there will be plenty of room for inspiration and discussion.

Every single time I mentioned writing blog articles, I was confronted with my own limiting self-beliefs.

Facing the reason behind procrastination.

Let’s face it, there are at least two reasons why we keep putting things off to later. Either they scare you out or they are not that important to your eyes. Writing and sharing was important to me, the proof: it kept coming back to me as soon as I pushed it away. Every single time I talked about new parts of my business I wished to investigate, here it was reminding me that yes, I still haven’t gathered the courage to put it into action. Every single time I mentioned writing blog articles, I was confronted with my own limiting self-beliefs.

And this is exactly why a challenge comes in so handy:

- it forces you to confront your inner-critic with a daily ultimatum

- it helps you build competence and confidence at a new task because you work on it every single day 

- it shifts your attitude from thinking (and eventually wining or complaining at yourself) to doing. How better could this feel?

- it is a powerful self-growth tool. Imagine the mental and emotional shifts that happen when you start proving your inner-critic wrong by taking action. You literally move from a state of victim from your own self-limiting beliefs to a state of powerful and confident actor in your life. If this seems like too much of a step for you, having a partner and friends who will not indulge you playing the self-inflicted victim record is a great help. If you don’t have them yet, make sure you get them in your life or find yourself an accountability buddy or even a coach.

Imagine the mental and emotional shifts that happen when you start proving your inner-critic wrong by taking action.

Taking time is crucial.

For every new habit you wish to incorporate into the real life and not just in your imagination, you have to take time for it. Because hoping to “find “ time somewhere in your schedule that is already full or attempting to “trade” time is not going to do the trick. Early enough, your brain and gut feeling will want to revolt against the item you left out of the agenda and will switch on your inner-critic and distraction mechanisms to send you back to good hold habits that are more compatible with your comfort-zone (remember we talked about that one yesterday?) 

Creating a new ritual.

Waking up earlier was the most sensitive thing for me to do. Think about miracle morning and testimonials of great entrepreneurs who could invest all their creative juice into their company as they woke up before anybody else and could thus work on growing their business before daily business and imperatives kick in. For me it meant getting up a 5:00 am. I used to wake up at 6:30 am everyday for my yoga and meditation practice and I was definitely not going to question or shorten this ritual for another one. So here you go, I get up even earlier and by the time my article is written and online, I am just in time to roll out my mat. Right now it is 6:19 am, good morning everyone!