Happy New Year, friends!
Another sun circuit has passed, and a fresh new canvas is what we wake up to today. I intend to make this my best year yet, with specific goals lined up in all key areas of my life to conquer in 2016.
How about you? Are you going to be one of those guys who goes down to the gym and signs a yearly contract, only to go twice before deciding this winning at life stuff is too hard? Or are you going to beat the living piss out of your inner wimp and dominate 2016, making it your best year on this planet?
I’m going to be doing the latter. In this short, simple article, I’m going to share with you the challenges I have set myself this year, and which you can use to improve your self-discipline and make 2016 a year in which you master yourself, if nothing else!
Are you ready to take 2016 to a whole new level?
Eight 30 Day Challenges You Can Use to Make 2016 your Bitch
(1) Quit Internet Porn
I swore off porn a while back, realizing that it is nothing short of mental pollution and leads to both unhealthy views and your vital energy and motivation being drained out of you.
Don’t let a bunch of sleazy marketers take your manhood any longer. Say no to porn in 2016. You might want to start off with a 30-day challenge if you have a habit in this area, and then up the ante and go the full year once you get that initial victory under your belt.
You won’t realize how much of a negative impact internet porn has on your life until you quit. Take on this challenge and conquer it. You’ll be thankful you did.
(2) Quit Social Media
I’ve decided that 2016 is a year where I will not log in to any social media account for personal purposes.
I will use it to continue promoting my websites, as that’s a business goal for the year and I want to use all of the powerful tools at my disposal, but spending even an hour of my day browsing other people’s fake projections of themselves and looking at photos of girls who look nothing like that in real life is something which has become reprehensible to me.
Those who are close to me, I will send them a WhatsApp asking them what is going on. Those I don’t hear from can fall by the wayside. Time is money, and social media is getting no more of mine.
If you don’t think you can last the full year, make this a 30-day challenge. You’ll probably up your productivity and make enough extra money that you won’t want to go back.
If you feel going off social media would impact your life negatively, try “going dark” where you stay on to see what people are up to, but don’t share anything. You’ll soon realize that A) Nobody cares what you’re sharing anyway and B) It’s liberating to not have to update the world on what you ate for lunch.
(3) Engage in Intermittent Fasting
Intermittent fasting is something you can do that will have a whole host of other benefits in your life, as well as building self-discipline.
If you’re overweight, you’ll shred pounds. If you’re in decent shape but want to sculpt your physique and reveal your abs and muscles so you look like Bruce Lee, this is the way to do it.
You’ll also eliminate toxins from your body and notice your moods are a lot better.
So what is intermittent fasting? It’s when you don’t eat for more than 12 hours between your last meal and your first meal. I personally chose 15 hours as my target number, and rolling into 2016 I’ve already been practicing this for well over a month successfully.
After 12 hours of not eating your body goes into a state of starvation and starts chowing down fat deposits as a source of sustenance. The great thing about this is that you can eat pretty much whatever you want whenever you do eat.
I like to keep a healthy, balanced diet generally, but I also enjoy the odd hamburger and fries with a soft drink, because I know IF will take care of it and my body will make short work of anything I eat.
I intend to continue this practice permanently throughout 2016. I can already see huge differences in my body and I’m excited to see the result at the end of the year.
(4) Develop a Morning Routine & Stick to It
How you start your day largely determines how your day is going to play out. This is something that took me a long time to learn, but I’m glad I did.
Here’s what I do every morning without fail:
I wake up and Mrs. Freedom brings me a nice cup of fresh-brewed black coffee. I sip it while interacting with Junior Freedom and letting the cub know the lion is here for him.
I write my first business article for the day.
I get up and lace up my Reeboks. I then go for a walk in my gated community. This is approximately 2km and is very pleasant. It gets the blood flowing and clears the mind.
I take a nice warm shower, but I turn it to ice cold for about thirty seconds before I get out. It’s not always ice cold because the water heats up sitting on the tank on the roof here in Asia, but it’s cold enough to give me a start.
I go downstairs, flip open my laptop, plug in my earphones and play some trance or house while I start working on orders for the day.
After approximately 3 hours of this I eat my first meal of the day.
This is the routine I have developed for winning at life. I stick to it rigidly, and I do not let other people’s goals, dreams or plans for me that day get in the way. I learned to say NO a long time ago, and I recommend you do the same.
Your routine will set you up for a day of badassity, and early wins will lead to a solid day of achievement and productivity.
(5) Quit TV
I have a TV in my home, but I watch it only for approximately 30 minutes per day. I watch CNN and then CNBC, since I need to be up to date on global market movements and political events for my business in the financial markets.
I literally do not even entertain the idea of watching TV outside these two channels. It is utter junk and mindlessness, and TV will steal $$$ right out of your pocket, by siphoning off hours which you could have been working on your side gig or building your empire.
Don’t give them your attention or your time. Give those two assets to nothing that isn’t going to help you further your goals and build the life you desire. TV is never going to get you there. Kick it to the curb for 30 days, and if you have the willpower, for all of 2016.
Note: I do watch movies and I recommend you take some time to do this if you enjoy it. You don’t need to watch TV for this. I plug my laptop into out widescreen and press “play”. When it’s over, I shut the whole thing down and the TV gets no more attention. I do this probably twice a week, max.
(6) Do Pick Up the Books
I’ve written about 300 times on this site that reading is the one thing you can do, free of charge, that will change your life for the better.
Stop consuming Masterchef and The Voice, and instead pick up a book and digest some wisdom from the greatest minds in human history.
Gandhi, Branson, Mandela, Bill Gates and countless athletes, businessmen, world leaders and other achievers are waiting to teach you what they know so that you can live a better life as a wiser, more learned human being. You don’t even have to go to the bookstore anymore to pick up their paperbacks, since sites like www.amazon.com will allow you access to virtually every book on the planet for half the price and instant downloads.
Start with this list and work your way out from there. I know I’m beating you guys over the head with this point, but sometimes it takes a while to sink in with some people.
You can also keep your eyes peeled because I’ll be doing book reviews this year on AoS on any books I feel are worthy of your attention. This is going to be one of the new changes I have planned for the site this year.
Start reading already and watch your mind and life transform before your eyes.
Warning: There’s just as much junk on pages out there as there is on TV. Select your books carefully.
(7) Practice Saying NO
Have you seen Jim Carey’s the “Yes Man”? I’m sure many of you have.
In it, a lonely guy not living his life fully decides to say yes to everything for a set period of time. As a result he goes on wild adventures and has all kinds of insights into how he wasn’t living his life and was shutting himself off from living.
However, a lot of people have the exact opposite problem. They need to learn how to say no more often, not yes.
For 30 days to start with, say no when you feel like it. Do not explain yourself, do not try to justify your decision unless you feel the person deserves an explanation and do not make up lies and lame excuses. Simply say, “No, I can’t, I’m busy”.
This is a powerful phrase, and I use it often.
It’s OK to say no sometimes. Your time, attention and energy are finite resources. If you’re a goal driven person, you need to achieve to be happy, and that’s OK, too. Don’t apologize for it, it’s just part of who you are.
Just do your own thing, and people will eventually get the message that you are a driven, self-disciplined individual who is working towards a goal and that no actually means no for a good reason, not as a personal slight against them.
(8) Take a Dream Month
That’s right, take a month out to pursue a dream or goal that has been eating away at your for years.
Do you wanna start an online business? Take 30 days off from work and go for it. Work 16 hours a day, round the clock, and see what you can set up.I’ve been doing that for a few months now and I’m telling you it’s the most fun I’ve ever had. It isn’t work, because I chose to do it and answer only to myself.
Do you wanna start a blog to see if you can generate passive income without quitting your 9-5 just yet? That’s all good, just clear your evenings for a 30 day period and pour 5-6 hours into getting it off the ground. You’ll be surprised what can happen in a short space of time. One site I launched took 13,000 unique hits within 48 hours of registering the domain.
Things can change very quickly when you put your back into something! Take 30 days and go full tilt in the direction of your goal or ambition.
Don’t expect things to happen overnight, but 30 days of concentrated, high-octane effort is more tha most will put into their goals in a year.
The discipline you will develop during this 30 days will carry over and you’ll likely not be able to stop working on the project. Wait till you see what a year brings!
2016 Success Summary
Another year has been and gone gentlemen. It’s in the past now. It’s over. Reflect on what you did right, learn from what you did wrong, and move on swiftly.
To make 2016 a success, you’ll need to discipline to follow through on your resolutions and goals. These challenges will help you get that.
Desire. Decide. Persist.