Suggestions for a site-wide HE 30 day challenge?

 Jordan Lejuwaan (@jordan)5 years, 2 months ago

**I’ve created a poll for the different types of challenges here: http://tally.tl/BEnr2**

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Starting in February, we’re going to have monthly 30-day challenges!

We had a very successful challenge years back when the discussions were first added to HE. It’s time to revive them!

Which challenge should we do first?

Here are some of my ideas:

  • Cold showers
  • Daily Meditation
  • 30 Days of Fear
  • Sleeping on the floor (for more sound sleep + the back)
  • Stating a single goal for the entire 30 days, and then reporting each day on at least one thing you did each day to reach that goal
  • No planning (you can’t plan anything, everything is spur of the moment)
  • Yes Man! – You must say yes to every request

We’ll start simple with asking people to come and post a daily update in a thread for the challenge. Although we’d eventually like to have a more sexy, organized system for this.

Any more comments, questions or ideas about site-wide challenges?

January 23, 2015 at 7:11 pm
Jannis “Yogkurt” de Reu. (45) (@yogkurt) 5 years, 2 months ago ago

Dont wash and comb your hair for 30 days.

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Jordan Lejuwaan (23,433)A (@jordan) 5 years, 2 months ago ago

No washing as in no getting it wet, or no shampoo? I haven’t used shampooed in years. After about 3 weeks your hair adjusts back to it’s natural non-oily state and you don’t need it.

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Mike (208) (@mikedvs15) 5 years, 2 months ago ago

I can also say that I been growing my hair out for the last 3 years and haven’t once used shampoo or conditioner, like jordan says you get a natural look to it as if you just used a whole bottle of loreal or something- lots of chemicals in shampoos now a days (rule of thumb if you wont put it in your mouth do not put it on your skin!)

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rubyred (3) (@rubyred) 5 years, 2 months ago ago

I’m not sure this works. I did not wash my hair for four weeks or so…I was still a greasy mess generally. I think it might take a lot longer to make your hair go back to a non oily state.

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Lowry (114) (@lowryderkid) 5 years, 2 months ago ago

This has spiked my interest, but Jordan you have short hair. Are you sure this works just as well for long hair?

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Jannis “Yogkurt” de Reu. (45) (@yogkurt) 5 years, 2 months ago ago

sorry for late reaction, 30 days no shampoo.

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Dave (5) (@Dave0Dave) 5 years, 2 months ago ago

Nice idea :) no TV for a month could do a lot for people.

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Jannis “Yogkurt” de Reu. (45) (@yogkurt) 5 years, 2 months ago ago

No Internet would do that too.

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Jordan Lejuwaan (23,433)A (@jordan) 5 years, 2 months ago ago

No internet except for HE? ;) Proof of this would would come from zero posts in the challenge topic haha

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Jannis “Yogkurt” de Reu. (45) (@yogkurt) 5 years, 2 months ago ago

also no HE, and share our experiences afterwards.

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Mike (208) (@mikedvs15) 5 years, 2 months ago ago

I like this idea, at the start of the year I planned to do 12 different 30 day challenges – this month 30 days of self-love , as this sposed to be the foundation of everything. I was planning on doing the harder ones first, with that said I suggest we do 30 days of fear for FEB!

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Mike (208) (@mikedvs15) 5 years, 2 months ago ago

– 30 days of breakfast green super shakes

-30 days if meditation for all those who are not doing the best thing for you for life yet!

-30 days of morning jogs, get the blood pumping early

-30 days of reading the same book

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Jordan Lejuwaan (23,433)A (@jordan) 5 years, 2 months ago ago

30 Days No Social Networking?

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Mike Wuest (510) (@mikeyw829) 5 years, 2 months ago ago

30 days of not reacting. At least on the external level. Like if someone cuts you off, even if you feel angry you can’t speed up to give them “the look”. If someone cuts you down or defames you, you can’t defend your self image. No one-upping. No correcting people’s mistakes, etc.. It’s kind of extreme, but I think it would teach people to become more aware of their reactive patterns if they are not allowed to react at all.

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Alexi Lewis (5) (@hartmut133r) 5 years, 2 months ago ago

As someone with a short fuse this would be one I’d really benefit from.

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Anonymous (4) (@) 5 years, 2 months ago ago

Maybe you should just do it anyway and not rely on it to be just a short challenge. Sounds like that’s what you really want anyway…I’ve been doing this for the last 6 months on and off already – and it definitely pays off…not as quickly as reacting in anger but more value than getting angry…you suddenly realise that a lot of what people reflect at you is just what you’re shining at them.

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Ellie (1,363)M (@tangledupinplaid21) 5 years, 2 months ago ago

No caffeine would be a good one, although I’m already groaning inwardly at the prospect!

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Arianna (9) (@crawdad90) 5 years, 2 months ago ago

I am new to this site and, so far, I really enjoy it. This idea of a thirty day challenge sounds awesome and I’m all for it.. But the suggestions I see in the comments are all starting the same, “no this” and “no that.” I don’t know about you all but if Im going to do this is like to add a little something to my day not take something away. Maybe 30 days of laughter where we have to find at least one humorous thing in our day or 30 days of kindness where we try to do as many helpful, generous deeds as we can to those around us. Just a thought…

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Leslie (10) (@thelightsoflucy) 5 years, 2 months ago ago

I agree with this because it’s much more positive. Why take away something when you can add something even better? Lets not limit ourselves.

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Laura Nicole (6) (@lauritanicole) 5 years, 2 months ago ago

I love the meditation idea, especially if its in a group context. Like, we all commit to a specific amount of time at the same point in our day. I recognize this doesn’t mean we would all necessarily be meditating at the same moment (is anyone else out there in Thailand too??) but it would give us each that group motivation to make it a daily habit, especially for those who don’t yet.

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Laura Nicole (6) (@lauritanicole) 5 years, 2 months ago ago

Also, learning something new every day. And noting what you learned. This means either a new podcast daily, a new chapter in a book, or even a new life experience that taught you something. This is broad but it would be fascinating to look back at a month of new accumulated knowledge.

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rubyred (3) (@rubyred) 5 years, 2 months ago ago

Say yes to pretty much everything for 30 days (nothing too illegal like murder though)

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Lowry (114) (@lowryderkid) 5 years, 2 months ago ago

This idea is genius!
Just what the site needs. People love challenges and making a community of like minded people join in together every month will be great fun.

You could indicate it on the frontpage of HE. “This month’s challenge: doing X for 30 days!”
I think one of the most read posts on the last HE version was the “No porn no masturbation 30 days” and for a reason.

I find the sleeping on the floor one interesting, and the 30 days of fear too.
Not the yes man though, as I dont see the true health benefit from it, but whatever.
Since last march ive been showering in cold water and since september ive stopped social media and watching porn. These do have benefits.

A 30 days of reading a Classic book, would be great. Id love to see some sort of book club type event going where we vote on a book to read and then discuss it after a month or two weeks even.
It would help people like myself a great deal to read important but otherwise very hard reads like Plato or Shakespeare.

Just my two cents

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Lowry (114) (@lowryderkid) 5 years, 2 months ago ago

-30 days of cold showers
-30 days of waking up before sunrise
-30 days of morning jogging
-30 days of meditation
-30 days of learning a language (many free resources available)
-30 days reading a Classic book
-30 days of keeping a Dream Journal and learning lucid dreaming
-30 days no meat
-30 days of silence (!)
-30 days no social media
-30 days of no porn/masturbation
-30 days of extreme honesty (no lying)
-30 days of making eye contact and perfecting your piercing gaze
-30 days of self love

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emptyminded (68) (@thoughtless) 5 years, 2 months ago ago

I’m all for that book club idea man, the different perspectives on a book could possibly lead to some ground breaking realization for some people

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James Berges (1,175)M (@Jamerges) 5 years, 2 months ago ago

-30 days of no complaining* *unless you have a solution. This builds a solution mindset

-30 days of no gossiping.

Maybe have people film/vine/write about their experiences, or even better—have them film them doing the thing they fear.
At the end, we can make a big compilation of the best posts. :)

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Martijn Schirp (112,773)A (@martijn) 5 years, 2 months ago ago

These are amazing!

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emptyminded (68) (@thoughtless) 5 years, 2 months ago ago

I see a lot of challenges I would want to try, can we double them up? Because 30 days is kinda a long wait to do something else. Plus I prefer to add something positive while removing something negative at the same time.

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Martijn Schirp (112,773)A (@martijn) 5 years, 2 months ago ago

Excellent question. 2 is possible, but much harder. Not sure if everyone will be able to fully commit to 2.

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Jannis “Yogkurt” de Reu. (45) (@yogkurt) 5 years, 2 months ago ago

So now, what are we going to do? Can we make a poll on the site?

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Martijn Schirp (112,773)A (@martijn) 5 years, 2 months ago ago

Poll’s should be possible. Jordan?

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Jordan Lejuwaan (23,433)A (@jordan) 5 years, 2 months ago ago

Yes I’ll make a poll today with all of the suggestions :)

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