• Kay Still

Finale: I tried the habits of “highly successful people” for 30 days and here’s what happened

Updated: Feb 3, 2019



For those who haven't read my long-winded weekly accounts of my 30-day challenge (because… I get it), here are the ups and downs and everything in between.

Ups

  • I Caught A Lot of Worms – Over the past 30 days, I’ve had way more time to get way more done. I’ve been more productive than ever and have made great strides at work to bring my A-game every day. I guess getting up early really does help you catch more worms.

  • Feeling Accomplished Encourages You to Keep Pushing – Setting goals and hitting them is an awesome feeling. I felt accomplished at the end of each day (even weekends) and that made my evenings and nights that much more stress-free.

  • Cause and Effect – Almost everything in my life was positively impacted – both personally and professionally. I had connected with friends and family that I hadn’t spoken to in months and was kicking butt at work. I even lost four pounds as a result of my eating a more balanced diet and working out more!

  • Me Time is a Dream – Sometimes, I wrote. Sometimes, I did yoga or would meditate. Sometimes I literally sat on my porch, contemplating the mysteries of the universe while drinking a hot cup of tea. Regardless, I enjoyed time to myself before the hustle and bustle of the world started.

  • Hard Work is a Good Look – People started to notice that I was stepping up my game. It really helped me stand out amongst peers. And, the more positive feedback I received, the more I wanted to continue to improve.​

Downs

  • Your Day Stops. Theirs Doesn’t – Getting up early doesn’t stop that mid-afternoon crisis from hitting your desk – meaning, earlier in doesn’t always equate to earlier out. Although I was in earlier, I found it hard to get out of the office in an 8-hour period, at times.

  • Crashing – You’ve got to find ways to keep up your energy and to stay on task (for me, without consuming cups upon cups of caffeine) or you’ll burn out by noon!

  • It Takes Money to Make Money – Networking gets expensive. Someone has to pay for all those coffees and cocktails.

While I’m not a CEO yet, I’m feeling better about myself, getting things done and loving it. Am I going to get a raise and promotion tomorrow? Probably not. But, more importantly, I’ve realized that just having the determination to finish this challenge has made me successful in my own way. All of these tips enabled me to be better – which made me more positive, informed, healthier, determined and, generally, happier.

Did you make it through the 30-day challenge with me? If so, tell me about your experience below in the comments.

With Love, From Kay

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