100 Day Challenge

If you put your mind to it, what could you do for 100 days? You can’t choose something that you already do each day, or hopefully do daily like eating, breathing and sleeping, but otherwise, the sky is the limit. You could opt to do an activity you’ve long wanted to do, you could eat at McDonalds everyday or perhaps you’ll veer towards a healthy option. It doesn’t have to be complicated or difficult task, just one that is consistent. The only rule is, do something every day for 100 straight days!

If you’re like me, your pop culture fueled mind quickly thinks of all the fun things you’ve never had an excuse to do. Living in the age of technology that constantly borrows from the past, why not watch the American Film Institute’s 100 Greatest American 100 films of all time? Or how about watching one episode of M*A*S*H or Seinfeld per day? Or better yet, finish that book you always meant to find time for; I’m looking at you Middlemarch and The Idiot.

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Or, if you need the scenario laid out for you, think of what you’d miss most if you had been imprisoned for any period of time. Whatever you would have missed most, be it pizza, human touch or posting on Instagram, choose to do that for 100 days. As they say, a #SELFIE a day keeps the social urge at bay, especially when everyone is going to be jealous of all your impeccable outfits!

But what if you could make yourself healthier? Sure you could drink a different beer each day but what if you vowed to eat an apple instead? Or what if you went to bed earlier to ensure more rest? Or improve your emotional health and vow to tell the ones you love that you love them each day. Or, you could choose to get at least 30 minutes of exercise day. Or or or or or – the opportunities are as endless as you imagination allows!

The point is, do something. Whether it is creatively fulfilling, tummy-huggingly appetizing or physically enhancing, do it. Making the commit to stick with one task, any task, for 100 days is a challenge in and of itself. For me, having just been cleared to run again after knee surgery, I choose running. It will surely be a challenge but with a friend to keep me honest, I primed to succeed. As the incomparable Barney Stinson would say, challenge accepted!

What will you do? Give it some thought and when you’ve officially decided, begin immediately i.e. start today! What better time to start now and continue your challenge over the warm summer months? If you do start today, your 100 days will end on August 27. Oh, and if you need inspiration, go herehere or just ask a friend to join you and use each other as inspiration! So, will you accept the challenge?

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