Wondering how to get out of a rut? Maybe a life makeover challenge is exactly what you need right now.
Feeling stuck is one of the worst feelings ever.
It’s usually like a dark void that sucks you in and leaves you drained, unsatisfied.
Sometimes, it paralyzes you because nothing excites you anymore, and you don’t feel like doing anything.
At the same time, it makes you want to change your life for good.
It makes you crave a change so radical people who know you no longer recognize you.
But most of the time, we have no idea where to start.
I remember feeling like that for months at a time.
It was a feeling I couldn’t shake off, no matter how hard I tried to convince myself that I was happy with my life and what I was doing with it.
I dare to say we all have been there, in one way or the other.
Thankfully, today I can confidently say I’m on the right path.
But it wasn’t easy to get here.
And today, I want to show you how you can perform a life makeover to revamp your mindset, ideas, and lifestyle.
In this post, I’ll describe this life makeover challenge step by step.
If you follow through and commit to it, you’ll have a new mindset, new approach, and new goals at the end of it.
Your dream life will become more evident to you, and you’ll be on your way to develop new skills.
I promise you’ll feel energized and ready to tackle any task.
What is a life makeover?
According to most dictionaries, a makeover is a change (usually radical) of someone’s physical appearance.
However, this is not the definition of makeover I’m using here.
In this post, I’m talking about changing your life and changing yourself from the inside out.
This means changing your:
- goals and systems, and
Sure, if you want to add a new hairstyle to the mix, you do you.
Just make sure you do it out of love; do it because you want to treat yourself and do something nice for yourself.
Not because you hate yourself and you need a change.
Changing your hair won’t change your life. Changing your mindset and your habits will.
Who is the life makeover challenge for
This challenge is for you if you:
- feel stuck, unmotivated, “lazy”;
- know you’d like to be doing something different, but you have no idea what that is;
- sometimes feel the urge to move to another city, change your hair, change the way you dress, but deep down, you know that’s not what you need;
- know there’s more to life than what you’re experiencing right now.
This challenge is not for people who:
- are clinically depressed (if you are, please stay safe and seek professional help),
- think this process is magic, and they won’t have to make extra efforts to make this work,
- feel stuck and unmotivated but are not really willing to do what it takes to overcome it.
Life Makeover Challenge: Reinvent Yourself in 15 Days
1. Journal for 10 minutes straight, for seven days
The majority of our discomfort and unhappiness comes from a lack of self-awareness.
That I-want-to-do-something-but-I-don’t-know-what feeling you’re probably familiar with comes from your inability to know who you are.
Journaling is an excellent exercise to increase your self-awareness and figure out what you want.
Through journaling, you can learn more about yourself, your motives, your fears.
I talk about journaling a lot because it’s worked for me and because many studies prove the benefits of journaling.
Did you know that writing about stressful events can help you improve your psychological well-being?
Here’s the deal…
Trying to figure yourself out inside your head is like trying to put a puzzle together without seeing how it looks like when it’s ready.
But when you put your thoughts down on paper, it helps you see the overall picture.
That’s what journaling can do for you.
The best part is that you don’t have to spend months journaling daily to see results.
In just a week, you’ll start noticing how it’s changing you for the better.
Of course, the longer you practice it, the more benefits you get from it.
But just journaling for 10 min straight for 7-10 days can give you profound insights about yourself and your life.
And that’s exactly what you want for this life makeover challenge.
How to practice journaling
Journaling is a written record of your feelings, ideas, and thoughts.
You can keep that record in physical or digital form by writing for a set amount of time everything that comes to your mind.
For me, it’s better to write by hand. I’ve just had better results that way.
But you can choose whichever option you prefer.
There are countless journaling exercises out there, but you can start with “stream of consciousness,” which consists of writing everything that comes to your mind.
It doesn’t matter if the things you’re writing don’t make sense at the beginning.
Little by little, you’ll start identifying thought patterns and questions you ask yourself often.
Increase your self-awareness and your ability to recognize what you’re feeling and why, and you’ll set yourself up for success in no time.
Posts about journaling you’ll find helpful:
- Journaling For Beginners: A Guide + 16 Pro Tips To Make The Most Out Of It
- Benefits of Journaling: 13 Reasons Why You Need to Start Journaling Right Now
2. Evaluate your current life
This is one of the scariest and most challenging parts of the process.
However, the outcomes of this part of the exercise are generally soothing.
Because you’re feeling unsatisfied day after day, you may probably think you hate your whole life.
But that’s probably just a mind trap.
Feeling stuck in life doesn’t necessarily mean you don’t like anything about it.
However, this feeling can be so intense that it can permeate every area of your life.
By evaluating your life as it is now, you’ll be able to identify exactly what you don’t like about it and which areas you’d like to improve.
To evaluate your whole life, follow these steps:
a. Divide your whole life into categories (money, family, work, hobby, love, friendships, home, etc.);
b. Take a piece of paper and create a column for each area;
c. Reflect on how you feel about each area and how:
- much you like it (or don’t)
- bad you’d like it to be better
- grateful you are for it to be the way it currently is;
d. Rate each area from 1-10 and ask yourself why you gave each category the rating you’re giving it;
e. Ask yourself what you’d like to change/improve on the areas with a low score.
If you’d like to know more about how you can assess your current life, learn how you can easily perform a life audit.
3. Identify your bad habits
Once you’ve completed your life audit, it’s time to take responsibility for yourself. But this is not about blaming yourself.
It’s about assessing what you could have done better, so you learn from your mistakes and know better in the future.
I’m sure many people find it scary, but if you think about it, it’s liberating:
When you take responsibility for how your life is and for how you’ve responded to circumstances, you realize you’re the master of your own faith.
I know it’s natural to think about all the wrong choices you’ve made so far, but let’s not think about that.
Let’s think about habits instead.
Bad habits, specifically.
You probably have some (we all do) that have slowly turned your life into a life you don’t enjoy.
Now it’s time to ask yourself:
Which are the tiny, little actions I perform day after day or week after week that have taken me to the place where I’m now?
Maybe you’ve spent too much time watching Netflix in the last few years, which has left you with little to no time to read good books and learn new things.
Or maybe you spend time with toxic people who love to judge others and gossip, which leaves no room for authentic and nurturing friendships.
Some bad habits are worst than others.
Some affect your physical and mental health, while others may have little consequences only if you keep doing them for years.
Whatever the case with your habits may be, list them.
Brainstorm all the bad habits you can think of that you have while remembering to be gentle with yourself.
Remember, this is not about blame.
This is about self-reflection and learning from your past mistakes.
4. Make a list of good habits you want to get into
It’s time to replace those bad habits with new ones.
Instead of engaging in harmful habits, what would you like to do?
Check your list of bad habits and write right next to each bad habit the new and healthy habits you want to get into.
Maybe instead of watching so much TV on weekdays, you want to enroll in an online course or read for an hour straight.
Or maybe you can stop scrolling mindlessly through Instagram and start watching educational YouTube videos about an exciting topic you like.
Brainstorm new habits for at least 10 minutes and search online for lists of good habits to get more ideas.
I designed a journaling workbook called the Routines & Habits Workbook to help you improve your habits.
This beginner-friendly and science-based workbook will help you
- uncover why you get stuck in bad habits
- which are the new good habits you need to implement right now
- and build a fantastic routine that works for you.
Use the power of habits to build your dream life one day at a time.
5. Declutter a room in your home
Clutter causes stress, and your home must be your happy place, not a source of endless anxiety.
Pick a room in your house and schedule a declutter session for it.
You don’t have to pick the most cluttered room. I know those can be intimidating.
If there’s seriously too much clutter, you can start by decluttering a closet, a drawer, etc. And work from there.
But whatever you do, finish that decluttering session.
I promise you’ll feel tired but so satisfied after you finish.
Another helpful trick to reduce anxiety caused by clutter is cleaning and organizing your desk every night or right before you start working.
I decided to include decluttering here because it’s one small way in which you can improve your daily life, and I’m all for that.
6. Browse online courses
And save the ones you’d love to attend.
No matter if you want to explore new career options or new hobbies that excite you, online courses are the perfect way to go.
They’re usually self-paced, which means you can watch classes whenever you prefer.
There are courses for each topic you can think of, and you can watch them without leaving your home.
Plus, there are many very affordable options to get started.
If you have no idea where to start, I highly recommend you browse Udemy‘s massive catalog of online courses.
They’re organized into many categories, and I’m sure there’s at least one course for everybody there.
So go ahead and give yourself some time to browse all courses and mark as favorite whatever catches your eye.
Then go to your list of favorites and pick the one you’re starting soon.
7. Make a list of books you want to read
For the sake of this life makeover challenge, you’ll want to pick self-help or educational books.
Then make a list of at least three books you’d like to read this year.
For example, if you struggle to set new habits, check out a good book about habits, like Atomic Habits by James Clear.
Or if you’re a chronic people-pleaser, then add a book on that topic, like Not Nice, by Aziz Gazipura.
If you need inspiration, you can also select autobiographies by people you admire or people who have accomplished great things in life.
8. Buy one of those books and read ten pages
That list will serve a purpose.
You need to start reading those books you said you were going to read.
To start, pick one of those books on your list, buy it, and read ten pages.
And then read ten or more pages each day after that.
Did you know that reading ten pages a day can take you around 20 minutes and that you can finish an average book in one month by reading just ten pages a day?
Yep, that’s right.
I recommend reading non-fiction because it expands your mind and gives you valuable ideas to implement.
In my opinion, it’s a life hack:
By learning about what others learned before you, you’ll reduce the time it’ll take you to learn those lessons on your own.
So, take advantage of what others can teach you to improve your life.
9. Design your dream life
There’s something (or many things) you don’t like about your life.
But what are you going to do about them?
You’ve already analyzed what you like and what you don’t like, and you’ve gathered different ideas of things you can do to make your life better.
Now what you need is a plan to implement your new habits and achieve your most meaningful goals.
I’ve got you covered.
Here’s how to plan your dream life to go from zero to hero in just about a month.
10. Take action
Plans look nice and pretty, and they can make you feel brand new.
But they’re useless if you don’t take action.
I know it’s a no-brainer, but sometimes you need to hear this:
if you don’t change what you don’t like about your life, nobody will do it for you.
Start that course.
Read that book.
Do whatever it takes to improve what you don’t like.
Set up a system that can help you work on your new habits and your biggest goals little by little.
Or get an accountability partner who can help you keep track of your progress.
Another great tool to keep yourself accountable is journaling.
By keeping a record of how you feel and what you’re doing to change your life, you’ll be able to realize that the power to change is in your hands and your hands only.
But whatever you do, don’t forget about what you learned with this life makeover challenge.
Let’s get started!