Our last daily challenges post was so popular, that we’ve decided to write another one. It’s a little bit more generic than the last, but still makes an important statement that should definitely be listened to.
If you currently feel like your life isn’t going the way you want it to, and you’re struggling to wake up every morning, knowing that what you’ve got going for right now is not to be looked forward to, then this is for you.
Here are 8 daily challenges for yourself, in order to quickly turn your life around at 30 years old, 40 years old, it doesn’t matter how old you are.
1. Stop watching T.V
As Bill Gates once said, “T.V is not real life”. Sometimes I think that people spend more time focused on what’s going on in the fictional world of Television, rather than their own life.
It just doesn’t make sense. Sure it’s a good thing to relax and T.V has that entertainment value to which you can relax to, but when it starts to overtake your own life, that’s worrying. Life is precious.
Focus on your own personal stuff that you’ve got going on, and don’t get caught up in the world of Television.
The people you’re looking at on your T.V get paid to act, and they most likely love what they do. You can’t get lost in the world with them because they’re the ones who aren’t wasting any time.
2. Never stop looking for new opportunities
Some people find a job that they’re relatively happy with, apply, go for an interview, get the job and then stop looking for anything better. Once they get themselves a job, they can’t see a reason to keep looking for others. Why would they need to? They have a job now.
But what if there’s a better, more suitable job out there, that you just haven’t spotted yet. One that you’d absolutely love, rather than just mildly enjoy. If you stop looking, you’ll never spot it.
Never stop looking for new opportunities, because that’s how you end up becoming stuck in a rut, that you just can’t get out of. There may not be any more opportunities for you if you forget to look for even a short while.
3. Become an early riser
You should know by now that becoming an early riser is a very powerful way to change your life. Going from waking up at 11am, to waking up at 5:30, is an incredible difference. 5 hours and 30 minutes to be precise. Just think how much more can be achieved in that time.
That’s enough time to start your own business or project on the side, as well as having a full time job. And if you still think it’s not, you must be tripping.
There are so many people who have managed to get out of the 9-5 grind by getting up early and working on their own thing before heading to the office to do some work for somebody else.
Even if you don’t want to wake up early for that particular reason, it gives you time to workout, process your thoughts, get things ready for the day, relax a little, you name it.
No, it won’t be easy at first. Which is why I recommend you start by setting that alarm for half an hour earlier, then repeat that gradually over a few weeks, and soon you’ll be waking up earlier without even having to think twice.
4. If you know what you want, go after it
Why is it that sometimes when we see things we want, we don’t go for them? Or we don’t put in as much effort as we could be doing?
I’m sure that there’s been a few times where you’ve seen something incredible, an amazing opportunity that you know you want, but you carry on walking as if it was nothing.
I’m talking about a new career, or a new relationship, some sort of unique opportunity that just shouldn’t be passed up. The reason is usually always because we’re scared. We’re scared of putting a lot of time and effort into something that just might not work out.
This is a terrible mistake. If things don’t work out, you accept it, learn from it and move on.
The negative risks involved are perceived by us to be worse than they actually are. And the possible positive outcome that you’re giving up… can you really afford to pass by it and not take a second glance?
5. Challenge yourself mentally
Mental challenges on a daily basis are important if you are to grow as a person, and in your chosen field of expertise. How do you expect your brain to ever adapt if you’re not giving it a big enough challenge that will push it in that direction.
If you have this dream job that you just can’t quite seem to get right now, don’t keep waiting until the next interview. Challenge yourself mentally on a daily basis that’ll allow you to progress your knowledge on the subject and ultimately give you better chances of succeeding with your dreams.
6. Make 5 new connections a day
You know the old saying, “It’s not what you know, but who you know”? Well that’s definitely the case in many circumstances, but it doesn’t matter because making new connections is just so easy. The below is a personal example from my journey in starting up Wealthy Gorilla, that shows just how important making new connections is.
If you follow Addicted2Success, then you’ll know that Joel Brown is a very friendly guy and encourages interaction on social media.
I added him on Facebook, only to then have another very successful entrepreneur and life coach add me the next day, because we now had a mutual friend in common. We talked for a while, and he actually introduced me to a couple of people with similar goals to mine, who have now become good friends and have helped me significantly.
It doesn’t matter how little the interaction may be, even if it’s just adding someone on Facebook. Email people whenever you stumble across them on websites, social media and so on. It’ll benefit you significantly in the long run and’s much better than going it alone. 5 is a good starting point, but the more the better.
7. Read, watch and follow motivational speakers
I don’t know if you read a lot of books from life coaches, motivational speakers and such, or watch their videos. But you should be doing so. Watching videos on YouTube is not a waste of time if their motivating you and providing you with better understandings of life.
If you’re not sure who you should be following, then check out Tony Robbins, Zig Ziglar, Eric Thomas & Les Brown. That should get you started for now. There are plenty more to come. Watch their videos, read their books, take in their wisdom.
Tony Robbins – 30 Years of Stuttering Cured in 7 Minutes
8. Appreciate what you’ve got before it’s gone
Lastly, appreciate what you’ve got on a daily basis, before it’s gone.
Change the way you look at things. You may be sitting there, feeling sorry for yourself, feeling like you have nothing to live for, and it’s partially because you’re not realizing and being appreciative of what you already have.
Family, a roof over your head, food, water, a freaking internet connection.
Change the way you look at things and be more appreciative of what you have. Don’t take things for granted and you’ll already be feeling happier… because happiness is a choice. You could be living in a bad neighborhood on a low income, in bad shape and by yourself, but still have a peaceful and happy life.
It doesn’t matter whether you want to turn your life around at 30 years old or 50 years old, just give the above challenges a shot and make a change in your life!