While surfing the net late at night this idea hit me and I started to think about how this one simple idea could be a great basis for living ones life.
30 Day Free Trial
It’s how so many products reel us in, they give that trial offer and we’re hooked. We figure if we don’t like it we can always unsubscribe and never have to worry about losing a penny.
So what if I could sell you on increasing your own success in just 30 days … for free?
If you think about the approach it’s quite simple. Take something you want to change in your life, add or remove and do it, for 30 days. If it works for you, keep going and do another 30 days, or if it’s something you’re not interested in at the end of the trial, unsubscribe.
When you look at something as a permanent change you’ve already psyched yourself out of even trying. It turns into a huge undertaking and feels like something we can’t overcome.
A good example: smoking. You want to quit but the thought of never again having that puff of smoke nearly kills you. So you put it off, you think ‘well after this pack’ or ‘I’ll start quitting next month’ the problem is we get so worked up over the ‘forever’ we never give now a chance.
Instead, make the change temporary. No one says you NEED to quit smoking (though you really should for your own health’s sake) instead try it for the 30 days and afterwards you’re free to return to your old habit. Wouldn’t that be easier? Isn’t this something you could accomplish?
Sure it does still take that bit of dedication and discipline, but without the stress of a permanent change. You can do it! It’s only one month out of your life you may even have some fun counting down to the end.
So what do you get out of this free trial?
How about the knowledge of knowing you completed something? At the end of the month you will have committed to change and accomplished that goal. No matter how small it may seem. You don’t need to stop there either, with one month under your belt why not try two? Or three?
I’m a firm believer that history dictates the future. If you choose to sit on the couch and watch TV all day long you’re probably going to do the same tomorrow as well. However, if you choose a 30 day free trial for yourself and complete the month long challenge you’re much more likely to continue with your new found habit.
You’ll have data from the month of your trial to put towards your future. Was your trial worth completing? Did it make you a better person in any way? Or enhance your life? If the answer is no, dump the trial and try something new again next month. However, if what you accomplished improves your life in some way why not consider continuing. Even if you choose to not continue with your trial think of the benefit and change that will have occurred just during those 30 days. I’m sure it will be worth it!
Some 30 day trials I have tried …
1) Basic – My husband and I decided to do a basic exercise routine every day for a month. Albeit, my month long trial went better than his did. Shortly into the month he hurt his back and shoulder and crapped out about day 5. I however did complete the challenge and although I did enjoy the fact that I beat out my husband I found by the end of the month I was so bored with the basic exercises I never did continue the routine. I think for my next month I may try another exercise trial again but change it up and make it more the time spent and not so much the routine done.
2) Creativity – A couple months ago I was in a creative slump. I enjoy doing several different kinds of graphic mediums including pixel, vector and fractal images. I found though that I was bored, and couldn’t come up with any kind of idea. So, I forced myself to do something creative every day for the month of June. I also tried to go out of my comfort zone so instead of creating pixel or vector graphics I took photographs or wrote short stories instead. This didn’t seem like a big deal at the time but by the end of the month I had so many ideas my creative slump turned into a creative boom.
3) Spiritual – I’m not a religious person but I do think of myself as spiritual. I enjoy meditating and learning about other religions and cultures. For a month I decided to meditate at least ten minutes every day. I did this in the morning when I found the house to be quiet and relaxing. It seemed to help make my day go better, I was less stressed and slept better at night. Meditation is one habit I kept up and still do daily.
Your trial doesn’t need to be life changing every time. In fact, the times I didn’t expect a major change from a trial was when I usually ended up with a huge impact.
Next month I decided I would like to learn a skill. I chose learning sign language. It is something I used to be somewhat fluent in when I was younger and attending a camp for children who had or still had cancer. One of the other children there was deaf so most of us did pick up on a bit. So, for the month I will be learning as much as I can about sign language in an attempt to learn a skill set.
Remember no change needs to be forever, do what is right for you and what makes you a better person. Or just pick something that is fun!
Why not start your own 30 day trial? Do a couple at once if you like as I am. Leave me a comment and let me know what your trial will be, I may even decide to do it with you. Or post how your trial is going on your own blog.