Every time we get nearer the end of a round of the Whole Life Challenge, I notice a trend in the comments among the Worldwide Warriors that can basically be summarized as: I’ve loved the structure of the challenge, but I don’t know how I will manage after it is over.
It’s a common concern. The WLC provides us with guidelines and the opportunity to check in and reflect daily. Plus, you’ve got a whole team behind you to cheer you on and work with you. You know that it’s just 6-weeks so that gives you a definitive start and end point. While you may feel a bit of relief at the end of the 6 weeks, questions of what to do next pop up too. Now what do you do? How do you ensure you continue to stay accountable? How do you stay motivated to keep working towards your goals? What can you do sustain and maintain the effort you put in during the 6 weeks of the challenge?
The exact answers to those questions are really up to you, but if you’re not sure how to proceed, here are a few tips.
Start by answering a few self-reflection questions:
How do you want to feel at the end of each day?
What obstacles stand in your way of achieving your goals? How can those obstacles be managed?
What do you want your routine to look like? Is there anything that you would like to change (add/delete/modify)? How can you go about making those adjustments?
What makes you feel accomplished?
What makes you feel happy and healthy?
If you are not clear about what you are working for/towards, then getting ‘there’ will be incredibly difficult. So, as always, it starts with a plan. After that, you’ve got to take action.
A few general suggestions:
Without the pressure of the challenge, see how you can modify your schedule so that you are able to take an hour for yourself to do whatever it is you want. Learning how to create time for yourself (streamlining tasks, delegating, focusing on one task at a time, saying ‘no’ to unnecessary requests, asking for help), allows you to feel more in control of your day and more satisfied as you create more time to spend on the things you want to do.
Come up with a routine and actually write down your target tasks in a calendar. I’ve said this many times before (and I probably will do many times more) – writing things down makes a bit difference. Commit to yourself and commit to your plan. Seeing things in writing makes it that much easier to develop your vision into a reality.
Create your own accountability chart. Whether that is drawing a star next to the date when you feel like you hit all your personal targets or putting a coin in a jar to mark successful completion of the day (again, you define success), try to create something visual so that you feel engaged with what you are doing.
Keep in touch with the Worldwide Warriors community. While others around you may be encouraging and supportive, those who have been through the WLC know exactly what you’re talking about and going through. So, link up with us on Facebook (open to everyone, whether you’re on the Worldwide Warriors team or not) and stay connected!
Identify what you struggle with and work on those practices. It’s so easy to focus on what you’re already good at, but that doesn’t get you anywhere. If you already drink loads of water and hit your hydration target each day, then that is not where your focus should be. If, however, sleep is always an issue, know that it is going to change unless you do something about it and stick to that modification. Don’t be afraid to work on things that are difficult. As you progress, you will feel so accomplished and empowered.
Focus on making small, sustainable changes. The thing that feels most overwhelming about the challenge is that it often feels like you have to do everything all at once. Take the next six weeks to slow it down a little and see what habits you can develop and maintain. Use these next six weeks as training time for the next WLC.
I hope some of these points resonate with you and will help you continue to stay on a path of well-being in this upcoming gap between challenges.
The Worldwide Warriors team is already up and running for the challenge that begins September 28th. I would love to have you as part of the team. You can join us via this link or click on the banner below.