I've done it twice. The first time was something HUGE. In 2012, I stopped buying clothes. At first, it was just for 30 days. But then I extended it to a year. You can read all about it on my first blog here. It led me to start making more clothes which led me to consider starting a clothing business.
The second time was something small. In July of 2013, I committed to drawing something everyday for 30 days. It sounds easy. I thought it would be easy. It was actually harder than not buying clothes! With the "not buying clothes" I just had to avoid something. With the drawing, I had to work through all of my issues of failure, commitment, and the hard work of learning a new skill. That was the 30 day commitment that gave me the emotional and mental skills to actually turn my desires into a real business. You can see my sketchbook (including my comments along the way) here.
BEHAVIOR FOLLOWS BELIEF
We all act certain ways because we believe certain things about ourselves and about the world. If you are stuck in a certain rut or behavior, you are going to have to change your belief. And sometimes you have to prove to yourself that your beliefs are wrong.
ARE YOU READY TO PROVE IT TO YOURSELF?
I proved to myself that I could make my own wardrobe. I proved to myself that I could stick with something even though I felt like I was failing. I proved to myself that the pain of hard work leads to a life that is much better than just sitting on the couch dreaming about it. I proved to myself that if someone else can do it, I can do it, too.
WHAT IS ONE THING YOU CAN DO THAT WILL HELP YOU BECOME THE PERSON YOU WANT TO BE?
Two nights ago, I sat down to try to copy this magazine cover -
This is as far as I got -
It took at least 30 minutes, and I was stressed out the whole time. I want to be able to just sit down and draw. I want to be able to draw a cool girl walking down the street wearing an awesome outfit without copying a photograph - and not be stressed out while I'm doing it! I don't really believe that I will ever be able to do this. But I suspect that it is like learning a language and that if I practice the vocabulary over and over, eventually, I will be able to do it. So -
Starting June 1, I am going to draw every day for 30 days.
I have learned from experience that it's a lot easier to keep a commitment when you tell a lot of people over the internet that you are doing something. So, who's with me? What do you want to change? What do you want to start? I'm giving you a little bit of time to think about it. On May 30, you can tell us what you are going to do for 30 days.
Last time I drew for 30 days, I ended up starting a business. I can't wait to see what this leads to.