Goals, resolutions, and great win all frequently fail. Why?
Because you didn’t plan ahead of time? Perhaps. But I’m willing to bet that one of the reasons is that you were overly ambitious.
A small modification can sometimes have the biggest impact. A healthier you doesn’t always involve a major lifestyle shift, whether it’s getting up earlier, eating more vegetables, or acquiring more confidence.
These three self-experiments are tiny modifications that can make a big difference in your daily life.
1. Journaling Consciousness: Write Your Heart Out And Fight Fear
Many successful and famous persons kept journals on a regular basis. And, contrary to popular belief, it isn’t simply authors and artists. Non-creative examples include General George S. Patton, inventor Thomas Jefferson, and former President Harry Truman.
Journaling can help you express your frustrations, organize your thoughts, and keep track of random thoughts, among other things.
To see how journaling can improve your life, try this experiment:
Make a template for yourself. Many people I know buy diaries and organizers at the beginning of the year but never use them. I’m guessing it’s the misery of beginning over or not knowing what to write about.
Use a template with prepared questions or keep a collection of writing prompts handy, such as these from Daring to Live Fully and Creative Writing Now.
Don’t be concerned with grammar or style. In his journal, Zen Habits’ Leo Babuta writes three to six bullet points, and he doesn’t mind if they’re grammatically poor or unfinished sentences.
You remove the restraints of syntax and style by writing precisely what you think, making it easier to keep a journal on a regular basis.
Make a schedule and a time limit for yourself, and stick to it! It could take 15 minutes or 30 minutes, depending on how much time you have. You can write first thing in the morning or right before bed, as long as you do it every day.
Writing about stressful and traumatic experiences in your life for 15-20 minutes at least three times, according to a study published in the Journal of Advances in Psychiatric Treatment, can enhance your physical and psychological health.
2. Take a Risk and Leave Your Comfort Zone By Consistently Being Rejected.
Failure is something I can accept because everyone fails at something. But I can’t live with myself if I don’t try.
Michael Jordan is a basketball player who was born in For other people, the dread of rejection is so crippling that it prevents them from living their lives.
This anxiety can be found everywhere, from boys hesitant to ask a girl out to employees frightened to ask for a raise. This experiment will desensitize you to rejection and reduce your inclination to fixate on results beyond your control, based on Jia Jiang’s attempts.
Make a commitment of at least 30 days, or more if you can. Jiang persevered for 100 days. Every day, you will be rejected by someone else. Your request must force you to step outside of your comfort zone and put you at the mercy of the person you’re approaching.
This is critical because if the request does not make you feel vulnerable, it will not benefit you in the long run.
Someone who isn’t aware of the experiment must reject you.
If you get a yes for your attempt, it suggests you weren’t brave enough. Please try again.
Make sure you have a valid reason for your irrational request.
If your request is denied, respectfully inquire “Why?” before negotiating a less complicated version of your original request. If a burger refill isn’t possible, request a fries refill instead.
Keep a calendar or notepad documenting your rejection attempts.
Take care of your bruised ego and try again the next day.
People with your audacity! Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow, wow, wow, wow Request things you’ve always wanted to do but know aren’t possible. For ideas, look at Jiang’s rejection attempts.
3. Use the Tabata Method To Burn Fat In Just Four Minutes.
The key to losing weight, it appears, is to increase the intensity of your workout rather than the duration. Over the course of six weeks, researchers compared the V02 max (your body’s rate of oxygen utilization) and anaerobic capability of two groups.
One group exercised for one hour every day for five days, while the other group exercised for only four minutes per day. The 1-hour group did not demonstrate any progress after six weeks, whereas the 4-minute group raised their anaerobic capacity by 28%.
Olympians and celebrities like Kyra Sedgewick swear by this activity, often known as “Tabata,” since it burns fat quickly.
To do a Tabata, follow these steps:
Choose one cardio activity, such as jogging, riding, or jumping rope. Get yourself a timer.
For 20 seconds, run, jump, or cycle as fast as you can. The key to this routine’s fat-burning magic is pushing your body to its full intensity.
Repeat for a total of seven times, pausing for ten seconds each time.
These self-experiments may or may not work for you, and you will blame me for persuading you to try them. Whatever the case may be, keep in mind the most crucial word in this post’s title:
Consider yourself a scientist who is trying several hypotheses until you find one that works for you in a self-experiment. Don’t be too quick to give up.
Which self-experiment will you undertake? Please let me know in the comments section.