A WORD FROM BRUCE
A powerful personal growth tool is the 30-day trial. This is a concept borrowed from the shareware industry, where you can download a trial version of a piece of software and try it out risk-free for 30 days before you’re required to buy the full version. It’s also a great way to develop new habits, and best of all, it’s simple. Let’s say you want to start a new habit like an exercise program or quit a bad habit. We all know that getting started and sticking with the new habit for a few weeks is the hard part. Once you’ve overcome inertia, it’s much easier to keep going. Yet we often psyche ourselves out of getting started by mentally thinking about the change as something permanent — before we’ve even begun. It seems too overwhelming to think about making a big change and sticking with it every day for the rest of your life when you’re still habituated to doing the opposite. The more you think about the change as
something permanent, the more you stay put. But what if you thought about making the change only temporarily — say for 30 days — and then you’re free to go back to your old habits? That doesn’t seem so hard anymore. Exercise daily for just 30 days, then quit. Maintain a neatly organized desk for 30 days, then slack off. Read for an hour a day for 30 days, then go back to watching TV. Could you do it? It still requires a bit of discipline and
commitment, but not nearly so much as making a permanent change. Any perceived deprivation is only temporary. For at least 30 days, you’ll gain some benefit. It’s not so bad. You can handle it. It’s only one month out of your life.
To be perfectly honest, I waited to blog about this after I was past the "withdrawal" stage. I know that there are no scientific studies that actually prove that overdosing with diet sodas is a health concern. However, I have to say that I feel better than I have in a long time. I have more energy, I am less tired, and I have found that my mind does not feel so clouded. What would you change for 30 days?