The 2015…28-Day Challenge

By December 22, 2014recommends
As the doors of 2014 begin to close, I can’t help but think about the limitless possibilities for 2015.  This is the time I need to start thinking about my resolutions.  It takes about 28 days to break a habit and 28 days to make a habit. Hence, the 28-day challenge to become a better me.  If we do it together, I think the world will be a better place.  I don’t even think it matters when you start the challenge, as long as you do it. It’s never too late to become a better person. 
So, here is the deal. (i have to give credit to google for its help with these great
challenge ideas!)  We work on just one small improvement we want to make for 28 days, and then we move on to the next improvement. With each new 28th day, we are
given the chance to change our lives a little bit for the better.  
Most people don’t even realize they are complaining.  It becomes second nature.  Let’s work on that.  For one month wear a bracelet or rubber band and each time you find yourself complaining or blaming someone for something, switch the band from one wrist to the other.  Pay attention to the amount of times you of us do this.  In just a few days, you won’t believe the “wake-up” call you get. Just remember, every complaint you make just worsens your attitude and causes negative energy to circulate around you.
REMEMBER, happiness comes when we stop complaining about the problems we have and become grateful for the problems we don’t have. 
Goal:  For 21 days, don’t blame or complain, not even once. If you do, switch your band.
Be friendly to everyone around you.  You have the ability to make someone’s day
everyday. Wake up every morning and compliment yourself in the mirror, compliment your friends, your children, your significant other, your family and friends.  
Goal: Compliment at least two people a day for 21 days.
Volunteering and serving others is the best way to get out of your own head.  There is
always something we can do for others. Give blood, donate your time to a shelter, and make a meal for a sick friend, call someone who needs a friend, or volunteer at an organization once a week.
Goal:  For 21 days serve others and make time to volunteer often.
Remember the old saying, “don’t wait until tomorrow to do what you can do today because tomorrow may not come!”
Make goals, make commitments and follow through. If you don’t want to do something on your list, instead of leaving it for last, do it first and get it over with!
Goal: For 21 days, get things done early, and don’t procrastinate.
You are powerless over people, places and things.  Don’t judge others.  It’s hard to do, especially if you feel they have done something nasty, unethical or wrong.  Just love them through their own bad judgment.  We can still love those around us even if we may not agree with their choices or actions.
Goal: For 21 days, accept people, situations & outcomes.
Many hardships come from stressing over money.  Giving yourself a budget allows
you to become more aware.  Then you can pay attention to your money-spending quirks.
Goal: For 21 days, set the budget, follow through, and observe.
Negative thinking gets you nowhere, except stuck in the negative energy.  If you don’t like the situation you are in, then change it.  If you can’t change the situation, work to get through it with as much faith as possible and find something to be grateful for.  
Fact:  It takes less energy to smile than to frown.  
Goal: For 21 days, practice being optimistic and stay positive.  Smile at 2 people a day.
Try to do something you have never done before.  Do something scary, meet new people, and give yourself permission to let your guard down.  Listen to different music; try eating foods that you said you’d never try.
Real life doesn’t exist in a bubble; let go of fear. 
Goal: For 21 days, do something every day that is beyond your comfort zone.
REMEMBER, all of us are flawed.  We are perfectly imperfect.  The best part of being human is that each of us has the opportunity everyday to become a better person by developing better habits.
REMEMBER, Life is all about progress, not perfection.

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