𝗪𝗲 𝗳𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗵𝗶𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝟭𝟬𝟬𝘁𝗵 𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱𝗻’𝘁 𝗯𝗲 𝗵𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗶𝗲𝗿!
For today's blog, I wanted to leave you with a list of things I learned from this entire 100-day challenge. A lot can happen in 100 days and these past few months have pushed me, challenged me, and taught me so much. I want to thank each and every one of you for being supportive of this challenge. You are the reason why this blog is here. I hope the following 10 takeaways can be helpful to you in whatever goals you are aiming for!
𝟭. Any idea not acted on is just a dream
When I first got the idea of creating a blog I thought it was too big for me to handle. I didn't believe I could run a full-time blog and doubted if it would ever be good enough. However, I understood that if I continued to be afraid of starting something new then I would never be able to fulfill that dream of mine. I would only regret not acting on it if I accepted those disbeliefs. Now I see that any idea that is considered positive is not a bad idea and therefore should be acted upon for the sake of experiencing life. What I mean by this is if you have any idea that is not bad, illegal, or harmful to anyone or anything, try it! Otherwise, it will disappear into the unknown or find someone else to fulfill it.
𝟮. Confidence starts with courage
I believe courage and confidence go hand in hand because you can't have one without the other. If you are confident in who you are and what you're doing then you will naturally be more courageous. Likewise, if you have courage, you are more inclined to take chances, to put yourself out there, to try something new, and accept whatever outcome happens. So while confidence is seen on the outside, courage is happening inside you at the same time.
𝟯. Never stop learning
This should be a rule of thumb everyone knows. Why? Because knowledge is the key to anything. It holds so much power and responsibility for one who possesses it. I like to learn something new every day, in fact, I've made it a daily goal to be more curious than I already naturally am because I believe the more we learn the more we grow. It's easier than you think, but it requires you to ask questions, make connections, and do a little research.
𝟰. Keep growing
You may be thinking "Isn't this something I will do anyway?" the answer is yes! However, I am not talking about physical growth alone. When I say keep growing, I am referring to your goals, interests, and the idea of you expanding your mind in a way that moves you one step closer to manifesting your dreams. That is growth. Some people get so caught up in life that they become stagnant. They grow older in age and it may show physically, however they are mentally stuck in their ways and unfortunately are producing minimal growth. Lucky for you, if you are here reading this blog today, then you are doing yourself better than them by willingly seeking growth. Now it's your job to continue!
𝟱. Don’t give up when it's not perfect
Ladies and gentlemen, this is what separates the puppies from the Pitbulls. Many people will try something new for the sake of interest but somewhere along the line, they quietly quit. That's because they give up whenever an imperfection or challenge comes along. The important thing to remember is that everything needs time to improve. It's ok if it doesn't look perfect in the beginning, just keep going. There's a quote by Elbert Hubbard that says, "There is no failure, except in no longer trying". I encourage you to keep trying and to never give up on yourself or your dreams!
𝟲. Make every moment count
You may have heard of the quote by someone, "It is not about the destination but the journey to get there." which is so true! Although it's very exciting to get to your destination, you must also appreciate every step it took to get you there. Gratitude is one of the best exercises to practice because you learn to be more appreciative at the moment. With time, gratitude can also leave a positive effect on your brain because you start to looks for reasons to be grateful or content, which then reduces negative emotions. Next time you reach your goal, make it a mission to say thank you more often, and be grateful for everything that came along with it.
𝟳. Rest is essential
Sometimes we are so captivated with reaching a goal that we push ourselves to the limit and it comes with a painful cost. Did you know that burnout causes serious physical and mental health problems including but not limited to lack of sleep and depression (Passporthealthusa.com)? This is why sleep is crucial and why you should get as much as you can, (but not too much because we don't want you to have hypersomnia). Think about all the benefits of resting your body and mind; happy body, happy mind, and active spirit. For tips on sleep, read our blog, "The best secrets to a good night's rest"!
𝟴. Stay focused
Distractions are a successful man's worst enemy. They cause you to lose track of time, forget the task at hand, and even make mistakes. Some examples of distractions include tv and social media, which are largely responsible for wasting most people's time. In order to be successful, you must be self-disciplined to be able to minimize distractions and know how to prioritize your time. This is important because when you take control of your time you can accomplish anything.
𝟵. Make good daily habits
Success doesn't happen overnight in most cases and neither does character development. Studies have shown that it takes 21 days to develop a habit. So for 21 days, challenge yourself to include one good habit into your routine. A good habit is something consistently done by you, that will be rewarding to your body, mind, or your community. Good habits are what build good character traits, which can lead to a happier, healthier lifestyle. To start your good habits, make a list of things you want to do every day that you think will add positivity to your life. It can be as simple as smiling at a stranger or as challenging as waking up at 5 am every day. Start with making a list of all your good habit ideas, then accomplish them one at a time.
𝟭𝟬. Encourage someone
One of the best things we as humans can do for one another is to be encouraging because kind words leave long-lasting impressions on someone just like negative words can cause pain. Regardless of if they are a stranger or friend, there are many ways to encourage someone. You could send them a message saying how proud you are of them, you could give them a hug accompanied by kind words, or you could do something creative that makes them smile. People are loving creatures who need to feel loved and be loved. It doesn't take much to be nice to someone because you never know what they've been through. Your actions could be the reason why they have a good day.
I hope this challenge helped you in any way and I hope you learned something new!