Updated: Jul 17
Live life as an experiment
You’re ready for a challenge but are hesitant because it may not turn out the way you expected.
I know it’s not easy. But there is a way – reframe your mind and look at it as an experiment.When you do you’ll be more likely to take risks and learn from failures. In fact, failure and only information that will help you to adjust and change behavior so you can do something else better.
Convinced? I believe you deserve and are capable to be happier, healthier, fulfilled, and successful.
Why Not You?
We have the ability to change, which is the first main requirement for achieving a goal.We cannot achieve different results if we’re doing the same thing every day.To improve your life even a 2% a day to start, you’ll need to do something different each day toward that set goal. Then you’ll set a 4% goal, a 10% goal and increase each week.
Experiment every day. Make sense, right?
Self check: Can you imagine yourself in a month, a year, five years or ten years?
Yes, close your eyes and imagine “YOU” in the near and far distant future?
What do you see? Who will you be? Draw that person in your mind or on a paper and look at it every day.
Let me tell you from experience – you’ll become a better person in every way. It will be awesome. How do I know?I live and work by design and teach others how to do it too – that is, with intention, purpose and meaning. I am mindful and intentional about how I spend my time and with whom, my thoughts, feelings, actions, the people I meet, and the impact of my words and my work. I visualize, plan, design, execute, measure and adjust my goal strategy. I believe that every day is better than the last. I am my competition, which is another way of saying that I improve every day. I don’t compare with anyone but myself. Every day is a new beginning to a better self, a better life, a better world. Every day I take risks so I can learn and grow.And, to help me become my best self I work on my relationship with “my BRAIN” each day.
Yes, thanks to #neuroplasticity we know that the brain changes throughout your lifetime.
“We” work together very well most of the time. I am not always successful but I don’t take no for an answer and I am persistent.I live my life as an experiment so there is no loss. Just taking a risk is a win.I simply don’t give up. That’s too easy. That’s what most people do.Not me. Not my students. Not YOU.I believe YOU CAN do better.I believe in human potential.
Persistence, hard work, focus, self-efficacy, mental resilience, emotional intelligence, and strategic thinking are a few skills I’ve developed through years of working hard trying different challenges and taking risks. It will happen to you too.
Again, live life as an experiment and you’ll never be bored again.
I challenge myself each day and work on areas of improvement. It’s the only way to live your life as an experiment and make the best of each day. Here are some of the challenges I’ve done and many of them are part of my lifestyle:
Wake up early
Write a book
Workout every day
Run a marathon
Plank every day
Reprogram my brain
Speak at a conference
Train for a spartan race
Read every day
Speak in public
Give up meat
Meet a new person every day
Smile at people on the street
And so many more….
Let me tell you – It’s an amazing feeling when you reflect on your progress and see how far you’ve come. I am sure you can think of a time when you accomplished something worthwhile. How did it feel?Amazing, right? I understand.But then life happens and we derailed a bit from our life plan. And that’s ok unless we stay there.
We have a choice. We are our choices.
Here we are. Today is the day to commit to a life worth living.
It’s never too late to change, to learn and to grow.
You just need to start. And you need likeminded people who will support you along the way.
Are you ready?
Pick ONE (or 2) challenge a month from the list below. Feel free to come up with your own if you wish. The point is to no longer accept the way things are…and to believe that you deserve better.If you wish we can do it together.
Val Margarit’s 30 Days Challenge, May, 2019
Get up every morning (earlier than your usual time) before 5am/6am/7amand exercise (walk/run…) for 30/60/90 minutes
I WILL get up before 5 am
Record and post progress (use an app like runkeeper, strava or Nike)
Here is a list of 30-days challenges for you.
Pick one or several every month and record your progress.
Go ahead now and enter it on your calendar (May – Dec).
Get up every morning before your usual time 5am/6am/7am and exercise - Done
Exercise every day for 30/60/90 minutes - Done
Go to bed every night before 9pm/10pm/11pm -Done
Meditate for 5/10/15/20 minutes per day - Done
Weights training - Done
Intermittent fasting every day - Done
Go for a run every day - Done
Give up meat - Done
Become vegetarian - Done
Read about nutrition
Say hello to a stranger every day
Compliment a stranger every day
Send someone a thank you card/message every day
Publish a blog post every day
No gossip – only productive thoughts
Talk less and listen more
Seek to understand first – don’t interrupt
Plan out your next day the night before
Join Toastmasters -
Keep a journal every day
Drink a big glass of water first thing every morning
Spend at least 10 minutes learning a foreign language every day
Write down three things you’re grateful for every day
Eat breakfast/lunch/dinner with no distractions every day (mindfully)
Spend at least 30 minutes reading for pleasure every day
Take a cold shower every day
Put on some music and dance for a few minutes every day
Cook all your own meals
No Facebook/Twitter/social media
Reading (use an app to keep track)
Do one selfless thing to help somebody every day (this is a fun one! Also, karma points!)
Decluttering your home for 15 minutes every day
Go for a walk every day
Cook a new recipe every day
No television (yes, that includes Netflix)
Exercise every day
Learn something new every day
Learn to play an instrument
Say yes often
Learn a new language (Duolingo is a great app for that)
Read a new blog on a new topic every day
Be positive, it’s all perspective
Learn to dance
Make a budget and stick with it for 30 days
Prep your meals for 30 days
Take an online course every day (Udemy, Youtube and Coursera are free)
Work up to 10.000 steps per day (Download an app to keep track)
Answer people’s questions on Quora
Sign up and train to run a 5K/10K/half marathon/full marathon
Start your own podcast
Watch a documentary every day or a ted talk
Spend quality time with your kids or friends/family every day
Read something about investing every day (and actually start investing)
Eat something you’ve never tried before every day
Do something for your community every day
Try to produce as little waste as possible for 30 days
Take at least an hour of “me time” every day
Write down one goal for yourself every day
Begin your day by making a prioritized list the night before
Read every day
Design a 5/10/20/30 years life plan
Live life as an experiment
Ready to change your life and become your best self?