Well we’ve hit the first couple of days in March. It’s time to post the results from my February experiment in the 30 Day Success Habits Series. (A monthly column where I discuss the habits that I’m trying to develop for the next 30 days)
As I said in my initial post about my habit goals for February, it was going to be a long month. Instead of trying to change one habit I tried three. As you can see below, this was probably a mistake.
Also when evaluating the “success” of a habit I like to use what I call the C.E.E.P. formula. This helps me determine how I should treat the habit after the 30 day trial:
- Continue- Do you need another 30 or 60 days to continue evaluating this habit?
- Eliminate-Was the habit a failure? If so, it’s time to eliminate it.
- Evolve– Could you take the habit one step further? Maybe it should evolve into another habit that stretches your comfort zone.
- Permanent-Was the habit a success? If so, keep it on a permanent basis.
Okay, let’s quickly review the results…
Success Habit #1- Daily Writing
Might as well start out with the good…
The first thing I was trying to develop was a Daily Writing Habit. This one worked out really well! Between this site, my info product, and my affiliate newsletter; I did a bunch of writing during the month of February.
What I’m happy about is my writing has seemed to improve over the last month. I’m able to crank out content at a much faster rate and I can communicate my thoughts in a clearer manner.
The verdict? This habit will be permanent. I would like to claim that I now posses the mental discipline to write every day—but the sad fact is simply have to write a lot to keep my online businesses running.
Success Habit #2- Twitter
This was one of those habits that I wasn’t sure was worth trying to develop. At first, I thought it was a complete was of time. But I found that a daily Tweeting habit has helped a lot with this blog.
The verdict? Again, this habit will be permanent (for now). I made a lot of connections through Twitter. If you’re reading this post, it’s probably because I connected to you through Twitter, or you know someone who I met through this site. So for March, I’m going to continue this habit and really ramp up my Twitter efforts.
Success Habit #3-P90X Exercise
Now it’s time for the excuses…
It was snowy out. I was really busy. My dog ate my P90X video tapes.
Sure, I could make a ton of excuses about why I failed to follow through with my daily P90X exercise regimen. The truth is definitely over-committed myself with this one. It only 4 days to quit this habit. Pretty sad, right?
The verdict? This habit will be eliminated. The good news is I did get a few things from the P90X material. This program has a great core workout called “Ab Ripper X” that I now do 3-4 times a week. Next, they also have an excellent basic nutrition plan which I’m using for the month of March. Thirdly, this program also has a lot of great fundamental principles which I’ve incorporated into my weight lifting routine 2-3 times a week.
So yeah, I suck at P90X. But I still received a few benefits from trying it out.
Well as Meatloaf once said, “Two out of three ain’t bad.” In February, I formed two habits that’ll help me become a more successful person. And even though I failed with the 3rd, I was still able to extract a few positives from the experience.
Finally, I determined that trying to form three habits in a month was overkill. For March (and probably moving forward), I’m going to stick with two habits. And tomorrow I’ll be discussing them…Take Action. Get Results.