20-Day Challenge PRO | How to move from a New Years Resolution list to a plan PART 3

PART 3: making a plan that lasts

Welcome to the last chapter of the #20DayChallengePRO! It’s January, I did not start on January 1st sharp (well noted for next year!) but I’m ready to close the loop and make a plan that lasts. There are still a few things I want to share, so let’s move on.

If I look back, I spent 20-Day thinking of ideas, intentions, projects I wanted to be part of my list. I’ve listed all of them on the #20DayChallege page as I find helpful to have the list in front of me when needed. I can always go back, check the intentions and of course refresh them.

I spent then another 20-Day making a plan: I called this phase the #20DayChallegePRO. I grouped all the activities in pillars; inspired by Abraham Maslow, I arranged the pillars in a hierarchy, I watched inspiring videos as “Try something new for 30 days” and deciding to test the 30-Day rule in my plan.

Making a plan that lasts

I assigned a name to my 2018 New Years Resolution plan. I called it the Shake-Up challenge.

Even though it’s a year-long plan, it doesn’t need to have – right now – all the challenges. I believe not all them should start at the same time. Having the right dedication to multiple things is difficult.

If we zoom out – high-level view – we have a year-long plan, but if we zoom in, we can see that a year is a combination of parts:

– Two six months
– Four quarters
– Twelve months
– Four seasons
– Fifty-two weeks
– Three-hundreds-fifty-two days

I asked myself: What do I want to accomplish in one month? What do I want to achieve in one quarter? What about in six months?

I believe a New Years Resolution plan should not just be a bunch of intentions that we randomly put together on December 31st, plan to start on January 10th because you know there is still something festive around and that we give-up by the end of January. Oh please no!

I like the idea of zooming in and out. I know that I will need six months to do a particular activity, three months for another one or “just” a month for a different one. There is another essential consideration too. If we break up the year and the challenges in small parts, it will be easier to have the right focus and dedication. By accomplishing limited goals at the time, we will increase our confidence and our motivations to do more.

It’s also how I like to think about the Comfort Zone. The reason why I say “Life begins inside the Comfort Zone,” is because I believe that the Comfort Zone is a valuable starting point in our lives. It gets us confidence and strength to move forward and grow. And from there we can improve one step at the time. We can work to expand our Comfort Zone with small steps.

My Shake-Up Challenge Plan

It’s a live-plan. As of now, I’ve selected just a few activities among the pillars, and I made a rough plan for the medium-term and a precise plan for the short-term. Bottom-up from the base of the pyramid:

Wellness: sleep, eat well, drink, and running

Those activities are related to physiological needs and I will take in care of them on a daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly base. I will start with:

1) The 22-Day Revolution: The Plant-Based Program That Will Transform Your Body, Reset Your Habits, and Change Your Life
2) 8-week preparation for the New York City Half Marathon

Emotion: passions, try new things, travel, and laugh with special friends

The wellness part will absorb a lot of energy and focus on a daily basis. It’s the reason why I will take care of the emotion pillar on a monthly and quarterly base. I can already list a few things:

1) I attended the New York Women March on Saturday 20th. The first march of my life as I felt genuinely motivated by the Unity Principles that I consider one way to bring to life the Shake-Up principle of this blog.

We believe that Women’s Rights are Human Rights and Human Rights are Women’s Rights. We must create a society in which women – including Black women, Native women, poor women, immigrant women, disabled women, Muslim women, lesbian queer and trans women – are free and able to care for and nurture their families, however they are formed, in safe and healthy environments free from structural impediments.

2) I planned a trip it was on my wishlist for a long time 🙂

Commitment: heritage and language

It’s a six-month project for sure. Heritage will be an underline theme of what I am doing, at least for now. It will evolve. My English is the outstanding element here (I know ☹).

Mission: Shake-Up the Comfort Zone

It’s a year-long plan, maybe even a life-long one. It’s this blog for now. It will be something more; please stay tuned!

So, what else to say? Now you know how I approach my New Years Resolution plan: a year-long plan. And it was quite a journey 🙂

As much as this is the end of the #20DayChallengePRO, it’s just the beginning of the #ShakeUpChallenge.

Are you ready to Shake-Up your Comfort Zone? I will do my best working on mine, and I hope you will follow the adventure 😉

Photo by Clark Tibbs on Unsplash