August 2015: Personal Experiment Challenge

Who wants to take on a 1-month personal challenge?

Hopefully, you do. Because that’s what this month’s experiment is all about! ๐Ÿ™‚

In case you’re new here, every month I take on a personal experiment and write about my results. I usually pick an experiment I want to do at the beginning of the month, and write a post about it, and invite you to join me.

But this month, instead of focusing on my own experiment, I’m going to beย helping other people (like you!) with their own experiments.

So, basically, this month, I’m leaving the experiment idea up to you.

If thereโ€™s something you want to change, something that hasnโ€™t been working in your life, or something youโ€™ve always wanted to try, now is the perfect time to try something new for a month. If you want to create a new habit that will help you reach your longterm goals, this is a great excuse to make it happen.

And, for this month,ย Iโ€™m going to be coaching and supporting anyone who decides to participate.

How This Will Work

Right now, we’ve got a small private Facebook group of experimenters who are participating in this challenge, and you should definitely join us (more on how to do that in a minute).

There are people people doing experiments related to writing, fitness, business, waking up early, and even yoga. You can do any experiment you want. I want this to be as simple as possible.

Here are the rules:

  1. Choose an experiment.
  2. Do it for a month.
  3. Let me know how it goes.

Pretty simple, right?

If you like the idea of doing a 1-month experiment, but you aren’t sure what to do,ย here’s a quick list of ideas based on my own favorite experiments.

You could:

Really, it doesn’t matter what you choose to do, as long as you stick with it for a month.

Taking on an experiment or personal challenge is a great way to push yourself, cultivate more discipline, and have some fun.

Of course, if you have a more serious motivation for taking on a personal experiment, that’s great. Experiments are a great way to change habits and grow into your better self.

How To Join Us

I mentioned that there’s a private Facebook group for this experiment. I created it because I wanted a place for this community to interact and get support and advice and accountability. It’s very small right now, but so far it’s going well. People are encouraging each other and sharing their progress. It’s really inspiring, and I’d like to figure out a way to grow that community aspect more in the future.

If you want to join the private Facebook group, let me know in the comments here and I’ll send you an invitation.ย Or you can add me on Facebook and I’ll add you to the group.

Of course, you don’t have to participate in the Facebook group. You can also just send me an email, or leave a comment below to make your commitment.

[Update: Now you can just click here to join the Facebook group!]

Or you can tell your friends by tweeting your commitment to this challenge. Click here to tweet. (Thanks for the support if you do decide to share this publicly!)

Sound good? Let’s do this!

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  1. Hi! I would love to join the group:)

  2. Hi – I’d like to join this month’s experiment in the Facebook group. To wake up at 7am and workout every morning. Thanks!

  3. I’d like to join the group.

  4. Please add me to your Facebook group

  5. I’d love to join this group to create a new web-apps consistently.!

  6. Would love to join FB group.

    My challenge: get up 5 a.m. every day (with 2 hours in studio every day so I can create!).

    Thanks John (enjoyed your participation in Ann Rea’s Creative Live class).


  7. Excited to make a change. Curious to try this program

  8. I’m in, but my experiment is no facebook! Also I’m going to meditate every day.

  9. Heather Ischo says:

    Hi! I’d like to join, but need a few extra hours to decide exactly what my challenge with be as I have several I’d like to try. Please add me to the FB group ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. I am SOOO in! I am walking 3 miles every morning and doing the 21 Day Fix for 30 days. This is the beginning of the rest of my healthy life! Thanks for inspiring us John and holding us accountable in a public forum. Can’t wait to hear how a 30 day commitment impacts everyone’s life!

  11. Hey mate, thank you for this wonderful initiative. I’ve my exams coming up and that is a disaster for a compulsive procrastinate like me.

    My challenge would be to wake up early in the morning, meditate for a while and study as per my schedule that I’ve created.

    Would appreciate your involvement too. Cheers!

    • Hey! I love your challenge idea. I think it sounds like the perfect prescription for your situation.

      I’ve added you to the Facebook group. Please let me know how I can help support you. And let us know how the challenge goes.


  12. I’m in. I love hiking but never seem to have the time to consistently hike even just once a week. So hopefully i’ll be able to hike once a week for a month.

  13. Jennifer Inman says:

    I’m going to commit to decluttering 15+ minutes a day. Thanks so much for this opportunity!

  14. Hey John! Love the idea of this–just what I needed right now. After taking some much needed time off, I’d like to challenge myself to write everyday for one month. I’d like to say writing and POSTING to my blog everyday, but not sure if I can commit to the posting part. Please add me to the FB group. Thanks!

    • Hey Darcey. I’m so glad to hear you’ll be joining us! I just added you to the FB group. You should make contact with Bradley in there. He’s doing a similar experiment.

  15. OK, I’m in. I have a halfhearted sitting meditation practice, along with my QiGong. I am committing to sitting, every day for a month, for 20 minutes. And, of course, I would like to join the FaceBook group.

  16. Adrian Sandy says:

    Hi John, I’m in. Been saying I have been going to write without committing to everyday so I’m going to make it happen. 15 minutes every day with 5 blog posts by the end of August. Looks like a few in a similar position who I’ll be making contact with.


    • Hey Adrian. Happy to have you with us! I really like that challenge and I’m sure you will do well with it. You may want to connect with Bradley in the Facebook group–I just invited you–he’s on a similar path. Cheers!

  17. I have a lot to change and sometimes I feel overwhelmed and don’t know which bad habit should I focus on. But I think that having a fresh early start can help and can be a good first personal experiment. I want to wake up at 6 every day and maybe do some training also (but with the main focus on waking up early though).

    Maybe having some support will do the trick this time.
    Thank you for doing this,

  18. Well, why not? Re FB, how private is private? If I can be assured I’m not going to find myself surrounded by new best friends outside the group, I’m good with it.

    Your decluttering experiment hit a nerve.


  19. Hey John, would love to join the group! I sent a FB request. Thanks in advance!


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