The No Challenge

As any baseball player (even the best) will tell you, it’s completely normal to go through a slump from time to time. The same can be said for those of us living normal daily lives. You know the feeling. You haven’t had any big accomplishments in a while and your motivation is kind of dwindling. You don’t really have any clear goals that you’re driving towards which makes it that much harder to stay focused and gain positive momentum. These kinds of ruts are normal and are to be expected in life. One method I’ve come to realize helps me break free from a rut like the ones described above is what I refer to as “the no challenge”. The best part is it’s nothing more than an incredibly simple shift in mindset.

When I feel like I need to switch things up to break out of a rut, I make it a point to say “no” to nearly any offer that comes my way for at least a week. During a slump, it can be incredibly easy to be swayed into saying yes to whatever comes up because there really is no downside to doing so. If you’re not making much life progress during your evenings after work, what’s another dinner at the new burger place down the street with your buddies? And that’s why, for me, the no challenge is so successful. When I force myself to say no for a sustained period of time, a few things happen.

  • I gain back an unbelievable amount of free time. All that time spent golfing, at the bar with friends, watching the newest episode on HBO, or taking the boat on the lake is now reserved for yourself to get things back on track.
  • I re-focus my priorities and am able to redevelop clear goals. Without the distraction of all the things I was just recently saying yes to, I am able to take a step back and think about the bigger picture. Where do I want to be in 3 months? 6 months? A year? Saying no allows me to dedicate more time to planning the way I want my life to turn out which allows me to begin building momentum for the days, weeks, and months ahead.
  • It helps me get my mojo back. Saying no to other people and things, in a weird way, makes you feel quite sure of yourself. It’s easy to say yes to things, but it can actually be quite hard to say no to that night out with your friends or the weekend getaway. Overcoming this difficulty can help you boost the way you feel about yourself.

In full disclosure, I am all about living life to the fullest and accepting as many opportunities that come my way as possible. But if you ever find yourself in a rut that you can’t quite seem to get out of, try giving yourself the no challenge for just a week. You’ll be amazed at the change in perspective such a simple task can have on your life. It might just be the fuel that gets you right back on track.

Have you ever tried something like this before? How did it go? Leave a comment below if you’ve tried this in the past or plan to try it soon. Excited to hear about your experiences!

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