tumblr_mlmh2gna201qljft7o1_500 We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit. - Aristotle

Scientists have suggested that, with a little willpower, it takes roughly 30 days for a person to form a new habit. As with mastering anything new, the act of starting and getting beyond the preliminary stage where everything feels awkward is 80% of the battle! How many of us try something new feel scared or awkward and simply stop? This is WHY it’s important to make small, positive changes every day over the course of at least a 30 day period.

You don't have to do everything at once - but start some place...we all have to begin somewhere to end up where we want to be.

So I challenge you to pick 2 -5 of these to REALLY dedicate yourself to for the next 30 days. Then do a few more the next month. They might seem silly or small, but in them lie huge rewards, opportunities and chances to change peoples lives.

Don’t settle for less than what you think you deserve, or less than you know you can be.

Use words that encourage happiness. – Spend the next 30 days using words that encourage a smile.

Try one new thing every day. – Variety truly is the spice of life. You can see or do something a million times, but you can only see or do it for the first time once.

Perform one selfless act every day. – In life, you get what you put in. When you make a positive impact in someone else’s life, you also make a positive impact in your own life. Do something that’s greater than you, something that helps someone else be happy or suffer less.

Teach someone something new every day. – We all have natural strengths and talents that can dramatically help those around us. What comes easy for you is no doubt challenging for others. We tend to take these gifts for granted, often hardly noticing what we have to offer, and thus we rarely share them with others. SPREAD YOUR GIFTS!

Treat everyone nicely, even those who are rude to you. – Being nice to someone you dislike doesn’t mean not because they’re nice, but because you are.

Concentrate on being positive at all times. – The real winners in life cultivate optimism. They have the ability to manufacture their own happiness and drive.

Address and acknowledge the lesson in inconvenient situations. – It’s important to remember that everything is a life lesson.

Pay attention and enjoy your life as it happens.

Get rid of one thing a day for 30 days. – If you start cleaning up some of this external clutter, a lot of internal clutter will disappear as well.

Create something brand new in 30 days or less. – If you can find something you love, and create something related to it, it will make all the difference in your life.

Wake up 30 minutes early every morning. – Get up 30 minutes earlier than usual so you don’t have to rush around like a mad man. That 30 minutes will help you avoid speeding tickets, tardiness and other unnecessary headaches. Give it a legitimate try for 30 days straight and see how it impacts your life. Now that it is summer getting up at 7 seems like a breeze! So much day to live out.

Ditch 3 bad habits for 30 days. – Do you spend too much time on social media? Do you watch too much TV? Do you drink diet soda? You know some of your bad habits. Pick 3 and quit doing them for 30 days. Period.

Watch less than 30 minutes of TV every day. – Entertain yourself with real-world experiences. Great memories are the product of interesting life experiences. So turn off the television (or the computer if that’s how you watch your TV programs) and get outdoors. Interact with the world, appreciate nature, take notice of the simple pleasures life has to offer, and just watch as life unfolds in front of you!

Read one chapter of a good book every day. – With the Web’s endless stream of informative, people are spending more and more time reading online. Nevertheless, the Web cannot replace the wisdom from certain classic books that have delivered (or will deliver) profound ideas around the globe for generations. Books open doors, in your mind and in your life!

Every morning, watch or read something that inspires you. – Sometimes all you need is a little pep talk. For the next 30 days, before you eat breakfast, or leave the house, watch a motivational video or read something (quotation, blog post, short story, etc.) that inspires you.

Exercise for 30 minutes every day for 30 days. – health is wealth !

Get uncomfortable and face a fear every day. – “Welcome, fear.” Fear can be a guiding friend if you learn how to swallow it, and listen to it only when it serves its true purpose of warning you when you are in danger.

Cook one brand new, healthy recipe every day. - If your not vegetarian try going meatless for one day out of the week, I promise you it will open up many doors.

Spend 5 minutes every evening reflecting on what went well and what your grateful for – For the next 30 days spend 5 minutes every evening pondering the small successes that occurred during the course of the day. This process of positive reflection and gratitude will remind you of all the tiny blessings in your life, and help you to celebrate your personal growth!

Have a conversation every day with someone you rarely speak to. – People are interesting creatures, and no two people are exactly alike.

Pay down debt and don’t create any new debt for 30 days. – Live well below your means. Don’t buy stuff you don’t need. Sleep on big purchases (!)

Let go of one relationship that constantly hurts you. – Keep people in your life who truly love you, motivate you, encourage you, enhance you, and make you happy. If you know people who do none of these things, let them go and make room for new positive relationships.

Document every day with one photograph and one sentence – For 30 days bring a camera with you wherever you go. Do your best to take one photograph that represents a standout experience from each day. Then, before you go to bed each night, write a few sentences in a notebook or journal that highlights your day. I know it sounds cheesy, but are we really taking time to stop and smell the roses around us?

I hope everyone will start this challenge with me! Remember that progress takes time, so don't get frustrated after 30 days..continue to live your life with fearless and unconditional love for other people and our world.

Peace out loves! It's a long weekend for us in Canada.

Happy Canada Day!

xo Lisa