Anything of real value in this world can only be achieved through hard work and persistence.

Notice the ‘and’?

We all get our sudden rushes of motivation and can work a day or three at maximum capacity but when our minds give even the smallest hint of disinterest or results not going the way we thought, we start to give up.

2016 is going to be a whole different year. It’s time I, (and we), start achieving things.

I’m going to start doing 30 day challenges. Most will be business or work related but whatever they are, I’m going to commit doing things for a whole 30 days straight.

Many of us have read up on habits. They’re important because they make us consistently do the work or activities we need to. There have been studies that indicate it takes 21 days to form a habit. This number might be up or down a week but the bottom line is, it takes the mind a certain amount of time of doing something everyday to consider it a permanent addition to it’s routine.

Let’s compare 2 working scenarios,

Motivated: 12 Hour days for 1 Month straight. Most people stop here because they just get burnt out. There’s no way you can work this much in your own business especially online, for too long. 12 Hours a day for 1 month straight is 240 hours. We’re only considering week days.

Motivated but Smarter approach: 6 Hours a day for 3 months. Considering only week days, that’s approximately 360 hours of work.

As you can see, the second scenario will ultimately give you more progress and you’ll be at a comfortable working pace so you won’t be as burnt out. Most likely, you’ll be able to continue with it.

30 Day challenges don’t have to be extreme. The trick is to make them small but achievable. You don’t want to overwhelm yourself to the point that it’s too much of a lifestyle change.

It might be something as small as waking up at 6am everyday.

Or drinking at least 2 Litres of water a day everyday.

Or go for a morning jog for at least 20 minutes, everyday.

I’ve noticed a pattern in the things I’ve achieved compared to things I haven’t. The main ingredient is to be able to continue with it at a generally good and steady pace for a long while. I used to give things a maximum of 3 weeks till I expected results.

Now it’s more like 3 months. It takes time for us to get better at things. We might not notice but our body will continually improve at small increments as we do a certain something repetitively. The problem is that we expect results way to early.

My engineering degree took 4 years to get.

It took me 50 Teespring campaigns o find a single profitable one.

It’s taken me 6 months of boxing to learn the basics and even then there are holes everywhere in my technique but I’m definitely way better than when I started.

Two years into my work career and I was only just feeling comfortable with my role.

The point is, it takes a lot of time to get to a stage that’s ahead of most people. You’ve got to be willing to continue with something for at least a few months before you even analyse your progress or compare it to others.

I always find it interesting how much people achieve in AffPlaybook when there’s a 30 day challenge happening. Many find a profitable campaign or small business which they continue on for much more than the initial 30 days.

30 Day Challenges are to build consistency and that’s what we’re going to do next year.



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Written by Mateen