The 192 Day Challenge

Published December 1, 2011

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I’ve got a confession to make: I am VERY anxious about my life right now. In fact not just my life, the life of my family, too, especially our kids!

A BIG decision is looming over me (us!) and frankly I have no idea which way this ‘pendulum’ is going to sway. In fact there’s really no way of knowing, or even guessing right now. I’ll just have to sit it out.

Oh, and I do know that all of the above is victim language. Totally. Because of course there’s no pendulum swaying over my head. Of course the decision is mine (ours). And of course (and I hope you’ve read our family FAVOURITE ‘Oh, the Places You’ll Go’ by Dr. Seuss) I also know that the worst place to be is the ‘Waiting Place…for people just waiting for a train to go or a bus to come or a plane to go or the mail to come…’ (which of course is a quote from said book).

So one morning after waking up in a cold sweat (or do you call 2.29AM even morning?) with the dreadful feeling that there will be no more sleep that night…I make a decision.

This is it.

No more victim mentality. No more cold sweat. No more whinging. Instead…The 192 Day Challenge!

Wonderful Water Scene
Yes, in 192 days the ‘Waiting’ will be over. The 10 of June 2012. And we’ll be one step closer to the BIG decision (by the way: this is NOT a medical issue I’m talking about, it’s more of a geographical one, but I might talk a bit more about that another day).

How much can I achieve in 192 Days? And what do I even want to achieve?

Money is definitely on the list. Because no matter what the decision will bring, we will need some financial back-up.
Health is also an issue having been diagnosed a borderline diabetic a couple of months ago and definitely needing to get fitter and a little slimmer, too.
And then there’s emotional resilience…ooh yes, I gotta toughen up a little. Can’t have people walking all over me ALL the time (did you know that most small businesses fail, because business owners are burnt out?).

And this is just the beginning. Because part of the challenge is to work out what’s really important.

One of my favourite audios is The Wayne Dyer CD Collection (I’m not so keen on READING Wayne, but he’s great to listen to). In one of those he says how about living your life as if you had only 6 months to live.

It’s a great concept. Because living ‘each day as if it was the last’ doesn’t really leave much room for goals and all the ‘stuff’ that needs to get done. 6 months makes sense. It lets you focus on the important stuff without losing sight of the little things.

How would YOUR life change if you lived the next 50 years in 6months installments? (Because this is not about living in fear of the end, but you get that, right, it’s about making the most of life.)

How neatly this fits into my concept right now…because 192 days is really 6 months, give or take. And these next 192 days are going to ROCK.

If you had just 6 months to live…

No, really, would you stay with the same guy (or gal)? Stay in the same house, suburb, state, country? Would you keep your job (or work your business the way you currently do)? What would be the FIRST thing you’d stop doing?

More importantly: What would be the first thing you would START doing?

Yeah, tell me that: what would you start doing? Leave a comment. And join the journey, if you want to make 2012 your best year ever.