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“30-day Challenge”

Key words and phrases:

inspired by: positively influenced by someone or something

in the blink of an eye: in a very short time

daunting: something that is seemingly difficult, intimidating

narrow (something) down: to reduce to a manageable number

a boost: to lift, push upward

spice up: add excitement or interest to something

precisely: exactly

Hello friends!

Well, in case you were wondering, I have survived another Tokyo summer. More importantly, I achieved my personal goal of making it through the season without a single complaint about the heat. Similarly, in some Tailor Made classes, we are engaged in a 30-day challenge, inspired by Matt Cutt’s Ted Talk, “Try Something New for 30 Days”. It has given participants the opportunity to try new things without making a long-term commitment. Then, once the 30-day period is over, people make a presentation on the results to the group.

Why a 30-day challenge? As you all know, 30 days often goes by in the blink of an eye. A short-term challenge can seem less daunting and, therefore, easier to start. So, what are the benefits of such a short challenge? Let me narrow it down to the following three:

First, a 30-day challenge may give your life a boost. We are all looking for ways to spice up our life. Secondly, many experts say that it take just two weeks to make or break a habit. A 30-day challenge may put you on a new path in life. Remember that your challenge does not have to stop at 30 days. People, including myself, are still doing their “30-day” challenges years later. Lastly, a 30-day challenge is an investment that will help you gain confidence in yourself and teach you about your strengths and weaknesses.

I recently read about a survey in which numerous successful people reported that success came to them just past the point at which they had felt like giving up. That led me to consider the possibility that perhaps, sometimes, we fail to reach our goals because we decide to give up at precisely the wrong time. If we push ourselves just one more day, maybe the outcome will be success.

What are your goals? Becoming a better English speaker? Improving fitness? Career-advancement? Whatever they are, I encourage you to start your 30-day challenge today. And, if you feel like sharing, please write me. I would be happy to hear your story!

Enjoy your September!

Wishing you health and happiness always.

Mark Tofflemire

Tailor Made Inc.

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