In the past month, I have challenged myself to a monthly challenge so to speak with the aim of forming useful habits and motivating myself into achieving short-term goals that would play a huge part in the long-term. Now, as we draw close to the end of the 1st Monthly Challenge, I would like to take the time to evaluate my successes and failure and to also plan the next monthly challenge.
Previously the goals for the month of May was to:
- Complete the Bar Brothers’ Requirements:
a) 7 Muscle Ups
b) 25 Parallel Bar Dips
c) 10 Wide Grip Pull Ups
d) 20 Pistol Squats
e) 10 Full Leg Lifts
f) 7 Muscle Ups
a) The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson
b) The Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson
- Produce three videos
- Post an article/blog post a day
So, I achieved most of the goals that I have set for the month except for the Bar Brothers’ Requirements as I am still trying to do a muscle up. I have actually expected this to happen as training for a muscle up would take a lot of time for the first one. However, eventually, once I am able to do the first one, it would be easier to progress from there.
For my reading goal, I was actually very much surprised at my ability to read those two books in the span of 5 days. I actually felt that I underestimated myself. I would take that into account for my next monthly challenge.
To boost my creativity and skills, I had decided to produce three videos and write an article every single day and I am proud to say that I managed to achieve both! Producing those three videos was a pretty exciting project. I was completely engrossed in making them and had fun too. One of the videos was about opening up ourselves to the criticisms of others and I have to say that that project allowed me to see myself in the perspectives of others. Apart from that, I have uploaded vlogs and even making them were exciting to me and I really want to captivate the viewers by making aesthetically-pleasing vlogs.
By posting regularly on my blog, it has helped me to think more creatively about the world and to question so many things. Ideas churn out from my brain smoothly and I believe that that would be a crucial skill in life. Furthermore, I can say that my writing has improved and hopefully, the improvements will continue. With the combination of frequent reading and writing the past month, I feel myself drawn to the wonders of creative writing or fiction. I am drawn to the beauty of how fiction authors write their stories along with the way they are able to describe a scenario so vividly, like that of a kiss or an argument. So, I have started writing mini stories on my Instagram testing out my abilities.
To be honest, the past month has been a month of creativity and self-awareness. A month where I discovered myself loving creating in the forms of writing and video, a month where I seem to be progressing in my journey to be self-aware and a month that I felt that actually mattered.
The lessons that I have learned are valuable ones that cannot be taught, they are lessons that can only be gained through experience. I hope for more valuable months ahead.
In the next month, from 1st June – 1st July, I hope to push myself:
a) Bar Brothers’ Requirements
b) Deadlift 140kg X 5
a) Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
b) Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook by Gary Vaynerchuk
c) The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson
d) Landline by Rainbow Rowell
- Produce eight videos
- Take a photograph and post a mini story on Instagram every day
This is the tentative list, it might change by tomorrow. 🙂