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Take the 66-day challenge

Last August, I started a month of challenges.

I decided to confront some old beliefs to see if they were still true or just habits. They included thinking my face shape needed bangs, hating milk, and assuming I couldn’t have fun taking dancing lessons if I were by myself.

Well, it’s August again and strangely enough; I have another challenge idea germinating in my mind. Actually, it’s more of an experience than a challenge.

  • What if I were hyper aware of all the limitations I place on myself?
  • What if I replaced them with spacious possibility?
  • What if losing weight could be easy, and didn’t involve any limitations such as calorie counting?
  • What if I could earn large amounts of money through my writing and speaking?
  • What if I could write a No. 1 best seller?

You may be rolling your eyes and saying to yourself if that were possible, everybody would be doing it. But what if everyone could be doing it? What if we can do things totally differently than we have been?

I’ve believed for much of my life that if we knew how, humans could heal themselves. I don’t know where this idea came from, it’s just been there.

Like Henry Ford’s famous words, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right.”

This is the type of thinking that has led me to my decision to create a 66 Days of Possibility experience.

I recognize that there will be some of you thinking I must be a total nutcase, and that’s OK. I’m curious to see what I might be able to accomplish if I embrace possibility and release limitations.

I am going to experiment with my idea and see what happens.

Can I believe things are possible when I don’t have any evidence or experience to back me up? That’s what I want to find out.

For the next 66 days, if a limitation appears, I’m going to release it and look for new possibilities.

Why 66 days? The most recent evidence-based research shows this is the average time it takes to establish a habit.

I don’t have any idea what this experience is going to be like, but I have a couple of strategies in mind to help me get started.

I’m going to ask big questions, but not look for answers.

By throwing out a question and then giving it space, I’m thinking a totally new idea might show up.

I used to be a traditional problem-solver. If a solution needed to be found, I’d work my socks off to find it. If I couldn’t find an answer, I’d turn to limitation and think there wasn’t one.

This approach seems limiting. I was relying on what I already knew and had previously experienced to locate a resolution. I’m ready for answers that are unique and unexpected.

I’m going to let go of the expectation that something should look or resolve itself in a certain way.

I’ve been working on this for awhile.

When you think you know how something is going to unfold or what the result will be, your brain gets busy looking for things that fit the picture you have in your head. That is a sure way to miss opportunities that look different than what you were expecting.

By keeping my mind open, I am allowing room for something I haven’t even imagined, to appear. I like to call this divine inspiration.

I’m going to be on the lookout for words such as I can’t, and I shouldn’t and replace them with I can, I will, and I wonder if.

I wonder what it’ll be like to consciously choose to open my mind to limitless possibilities.

If you are wondering the same thing, then watch this space, or join me on my journey. I will be adding regular updates on Facebook and Instagram, but I’ll let you know what my experience was like at the end of the 66 days.

My mantra for the next couple of months is, I don’t know, I’m open, I’m curious, and I’m OK with whatever happens.

Let this new experience begin. #66DaysOfPossibility

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About the Author

Reen Rose is an experienced, informative, and engaging speaker, author, and educator. She has worked for over three decades in the world of education, teaching children and adults in Canada and England.

Research shows that happy people are better leaders, more successful, and healthier than their unhappy counterparts, and yet so many people still believe that happiness is a result of their circumstances.

Happiness is a choice. Reen’s presentations and workshops are designed to help you become robustly happy. This is her term for happiness that can withstand challenge and change.

Reen blends research-based expertise, storytelling, humour, and practical strategies to both inform and inspire. She is a Myers Briggs certified practitioner, a Microsoft Office certified trainer and a qualified and experienced teacher.

Email Reen at [email protected]

Check out her websites at www.ReenRose.com, or www.ModellingHappiness.com

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