Moving forward: Positivity Challenge Mach II
Sunday, April 07, 2013
Today finalizes my 21 days of consciously developing a positive attitude through gratitude, random acts of kinds, chronically positive events, exercise and meditation. On my sparkblog and in my diary, I managed to record the first three on a total of 12 occasions, as well as several other days where I remembered positive events as I lay in bed at night. I also managed to work out a total of 12 days, but only meditated for the first three days of my positivity challenge.
Meditation and random acts of kindness seemed to be the most difficult of the five tasks I have set myself; often I could not think of three acts of kindness I had performed throughout the day, which leads me to the conclusion that I was not conscientiously attempting to carry out acts of kindness. As far as meditation goes, it has resulted to be so difficult that I wrote an entire blog about it and, for all intents and purposes, gave up after day three.
On a positive note, I did exercise a great deal more than I have been for the past several months, going from exercising 7% of the month to nearly 60% of the month. Overall, I am feeling better, more positive and less stressed out about things going on right now, a very stressful time in my life. I am more forgiving of myself and others. I have even become inspired to start eating healthily again, and I have convinced DH to join me.
What is the next stage in my journey? I am repeating this challenge, but I am adapting it;
1. Create a sparkstreak of 21 days of at least 30 minutes of exercise.
2. Schedule acts of kindness (not so random, but more conscientious).
3. Schedule meditation time. Try AM for three days, lunchtime for three days, and PM for three days. Tell DH what I am doing beforehand so no interruptions or awkward questions occur.
4. Continue with gratitude and positive event journaling - attempt to create a sparkstreak in my journal.
5. Create a sparkstreak of blogging one positive event per day and what I have learned from it.
On April 28th I will check back in to see how my challenge has progressed. Three weeks is a reasonable timeframe. I am going to use the same time frame for some other, non-health related goals to chart my progress as well.
Onwards and upwards, ever forwards and never backwards!