Can you really transform your life in the space of a day? I say yes ... shall we bet? ;-)
"Today is the first day of the rest of your life."
I admit, the title of today's post is worthy of a Hollywood B movie: you know? I'm talking about those cinepanettoni with second-rate actors who, after 120 minutes of banality, try to put a predictable morality into your throat about the "true" values of life.
Title aside ... and if it were really possible transform your life in 24 ore?
For years now I have been sharing practical strategies to change my life and undertake your own path of personal growth: one of my absolute favorites is undoubtedly the #sfida90901.
This challenge, like many other strategies proposed on GetPersonalGrowth, works damn well, but it requires a commitment not indifferent, a commitment that many of us, absorbed by our chaotic lives, are unable or unwilling to put on the plate.
In today's article I then decided to offer you a different approach.
Don't get me wrong, there are no secrets or shortcuts to transform your life, but I know a method to let you "taste" what awaits you on the other side, without necessarily having to sacrifice months or even years. Indeed, this method is so effective that it will only be enough for you 24 hours to put it into practice: word of boyscout! ;-)
What do you say, let's take a look at it?
Transform your life with Dr. Crane's method
Dr. Frank Crane (the gentleman on the right) was a Boston Globe columnist in the 20s and is best known for his "four-minute essays“, Short writings with practical advice to improve one's life.
Among these writings, one of the most famous of all was published in the American newspaper in 1921 with the title: "Just for Today" (Just for today).
I have translated it for you below, I will then explain how you will need to use it at the end of the post:
Dr. Frank Crane – Just for Today
Here are 10 good resolutions to make when you wake up in the morning. You will have to implement them just for a day. Imagine them, not as a lifetime commitment, but as a simple challenge of no more than 24 hours.
These actions will be pleasant, but they will still require your self-discipline. After all, who needs good resolutions that are too easy?
- Just for today, I will focus solely on challenges of this day, without worrying too much about all my other problems.
- Just for today, I'll be happy. Because as Abraham Lincoln said ...
"People can be as happy as they decide to be."
- Just for today, I will accept the events that will happen to me, without complaining about my bad luck and working hard to improve my situation.
- Just for today, I will take care of my body. I will train it, I will feed it, I will not neglect it and I will not abuse it, so that it can be the perfect machine at the service of my will.
- Just for today, I'll try to strengthen my mind. I will read, study and learn something useful for my life.
- Just for today, I will test my spirit in three ways:
- I will make a nice gesture for someone, but without seeking approval.
- I will do at least two activities that I don't feel like doing.
- If anyone hurts me, I won't show it.
- Just for today, I'll be courteous. I will not be stingy with compliments and I will not criticize anyone.
- Just for today, I'll have a schedule for the day. I'll write down what I expect to accomplish each hour. I may not be able to follow it to the letter, but I will have my program.
- Just for today, I will have half an hour of complete relaxation. This time I will dedicate to myself and my well-being.
- Just for today, I won't be afraid. I will not be afraid to be happy, to enjoy what is beautiful in the world, to love and believe that those I love love me in turn.
Intense programming, huh? Let's see how to adapt it to your needs, but above all let's try to understand how to use it to ignite the fuse and transform your life forever.
Change your life: test yourself
I find Dr. Crane's idea to focus all of our energies and our determination for change in one day, really brilliant.
In fact, we often get stuck even before leaving, because we are terrified by the amount of work that we have to put in place to change our life, which has been off the rails for too long. On the contrary, to test ourselves for just one day, #Just for today, is something that can be within everyone's reach.
Of course ... a single day well lived cannot really change our lives, but it can be a beginning: if we try on our skin, even just for one day, what it means to live fully, to live at the level of our real potential, we will start an effect chain with unpredictable outcomes ...
If you've decided to challenge yourself, here's what you'll need to do:
- The good intentions suggested by Dr. Crane are nice, but a little fuzzy, below you will find a list of much more practical activities. Choose three to carry on, without ifs and buts, during your #soloperoggi test.
- Share your proof publicly: this will help you complete it without too many excuses, leveraging what my friend Alex calls the "disgrace" effect. This time no kittens! We use social networks for our personal growth:
- In the text box that reads "Comment on this post ...", write down the three activities that you intend to complete over the next 24 hours, adding the hashtag #soloperoggi at the end.
- Once you have written your test, click on the blue "Share link" button at the bottom right.
- If you prefer to use another social network, feel free to use the buttons at the beginning and end of this article.
- Respect your good intentions, whatever the cost: hey ... we are talking about a test of only 24 hours, you can do it, do not be a whiner!
All clear? Here then is the list of activities from which you can choose the three to carry out in yours try #soloperoggi:
- Get up between 5 and 6 in the morning.
- Play your own sacred hour before going to the office or university.
- Write your own effective diary.
- Don't check your personal email or social networks before 10am.
- Organize your working day with GOLF method.
- Do one media diet complete.
- Carry out 12 tomatoes study or work without distractions.
- Eat 3 healthy meals.
- Work out for at least 30 minutes.
- Walk at least 10.000 steps throughout the day.
- To read a book (no novels) for half an hour.
- Read 3 articles of your choice in thearchive by GetPersonalGrowth :-)
- Practice the meditation for a minimum of 15 minutes.
- Turn off your TV, tablet, smartphone, and any other electronic gadget, one hour before going to sleep (the only exception being the Kindle).
- Go to sleep before 23pm.