What can you challenge yourself to do for 30 days?

By | July 25, 2011

30 Day ChallengeI watched Matt Cutts do an amazing TEDx presentation recently, which was inspired by Morgan Spurlock’s TV series, 30 Days.

The idea is to try something new for thirty days. While the concept is pretty simple, the real challenge is finding things that you will try that may be past your comfort level.

On August 1st I will begin my own 30* Days challenges. I think of them as lost New Year’s resolutions.

Running

Inspired by my friend Web Webster, I’m going to begin to run each day using the Couch to 5k (C25K) iPhone app.

Reading (and not reading)

I’m going to hit the Mark All As A Read button in my Google Reader and not open it again until September. Instead I will only read books. For the Ebooks that I read, I will switch my iPad to Airplane Mode, so that I’m not distracted.

Eating Better

After watching an interview with filmmaker, Lee Fulkerson speaking about his film Forks Over Knives, I’m going to go vegan for 30 days. This means that I’ll likely be driving my friend, Kate O’Neill, crazy with questions. I’m hearing good things about The Engine 2 Diet book.

Finally, I’m going to stop drinking for 30 days too. No beer or wine for me. If you have money invested in Guinness, you may want to reconsider.

Running, reading and eating better for 30 days. What are you doing this August? Leave me a comment if you’re inspired to try something new for 30 days too. I’d love to hear about it.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnfBXjWm7hc

* Yes, August has 31 days. Yes, I’ll probably go that extra day too. 

UPDATE: I blogged this experience on my Phat Dave Tumblr blog. You won’t believe the results!


23 Comments

Deb Evans on July 25, 2011 at 10:49 am.

Good timing for this post. I’ve made the big decision to write a book on social media in the franchising industry. I have made flights to Chicago to attend a writing workshop and I am helping to coordinate FranCamp: Franchising Goes Social to incorporate content. Reading your post this morning has encouraged me to start writing as of August 1st.

Thanks Dave!

Dave Delaney on July 25, 2011 at 12:14 pm.

Awesome Deb. I love how Matt wrote a novel in 30 days.
Best of luck with your book! Please let me know when it’s available.

Cheers!

steveqshannon on July 25, 2011 at 12:37 pm.

In my second 30 days of gluten-free foods per Tim Ferriss and biking 6 miles every other day. So far good is good! Thanks for asking. sQs  Delray Beach FL

Dave Delaney on July 25, 2011 at 12:57 pm.

Great Steve!

Tom Ford on July 25, 2011 at 1:56 pm.

I give you two days…

Tom Ford on July 25, 2011 at 1:57 pm.

It ain’t even the 30th

Dave Delaney on July 25, 2011 at 2:29 pm.

LOL. Thanks Tom!
And you’re just talking about Guinness, right?

Tom Ford on July 25, 2011 at 2:33 pm.

Pretty much…lol

Dave Delaney on July 25, 2011 at 2:38 pm.

Ha!

ttennheat on July 25, 2011 at 6:26 pm.

This is great Dave. I can’t believe you’re going vegan. I’m doing 21-day vegan jumpstart. I hope you will share all the info you get from @kateo. Good luck!

Dave Delaney on July 25, 2011 at 7:24 pm.

Thanks! You too.

Kate O'Neill, [meta]marketer on July 25, 2011 at 11:02 pm.

Bring on the questions! I’ve been vegan since ’98, so I’d like to think I’ve learned a thing or two in all that time. I’m also about two months into being back to 100% raw, and I truly feel AMAZING. So yeah, I’m happy to help however I can. :)

Dave Delaney on July 25, 2011 at 11:23 pm.

Thanks Kate. I’m sure I’ll be asking!

Kasey Lawrence on August 2, 2011 at 10:59 pm.

They say it takes about two weeks for a habit to form. There are definitely some things I could start doing. Thanks for sharing, Dave

Dave Delaney on August 3, 2011 at 1:08 am.

Thanks Kasey. Keep me posted if you decide to do a 30 Day Challenge. Good luck!

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Bas Bakker on January 30, 2012 at 6:57 am.

I know this blog was posted a while ago, but are you still challenging yourself? Because we are setting up a new tool around this 30 Days Challenges and we are looking for experience people to test is. Take a look at http://www.my30dc.com and let me know what you think.

Dave Delaney on January 30, 2012 at 7:20 am.

Thanks Bas. I need to get back to it.
I’ll check out your tool.

What’s your 30 Day Challenge?

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