This week (June 28-July 2, 2021), I am running a 5 Day Meditation Challenge for members of my Facebook groups. I had been wondering how challenges can help people make changes in life, and if they work.

I have a free group, Serenity Circle, and two groups for my paying subscribers and community members. During the first pandemic lockdown,  I ran morning meditations 7 days a week in all these groups. During the first lockdown most people were at home, and I found many of my community really valued the twenty minutes of calm during a very uncertain time. Now that things are busier, with school runs to do and more people back at work and leisure activities, participation has really dropped off. This has happened even in the group that pay for a daily meditation. I can understand why you might give up on free activities, but I wondered why people don’t participate in things they have paid for. I even do it myself!

Do You Value Free Things?

I have found research into why people don’t value free things, although some people do. And people can value higher priced or scarce commodities more than cheaper or more abundant goods. I haven’t been able to find out why people don’t use things they’ve paid for.

 

How Do Challenges Help?

Challenges, however, do have a lot of evidence as to why they work. I was surprised at how many people took up the offer of a challenge when I first announced it. However, only a minority of those registered are actually participating so far.

 

Most of us are content to remain safe in our comfort zone, doing what we always do, even when we know we need to make changes. But at the same time, we also know that nothing will change unless we do something. Participating in challenges can improve our self-esteem, help us to be more resilient, give us courage, provide a sense of achievement, focus our attention, improve confidence, and widen our perspectives.

 

Sometimes it can be hard to achieve a change on our own, particularly if those around us (friends, family or colleagues) don’t understand why we want to make a change. This is why making a change as part of a challenge holds more appeal. You are part of a group all trying to do the same thing, with the same goal or intention.

 

Five years ago, I moved 300 miles to a place where I knew just two people. It was made easier by being part of a community who understood why I would make such a big change and supported me in it. When I arrived here, I began to find like-minded women who could become part of my wider support network.

 

If you are trying to make a change in your life without much support, you might be interested in my Halcyon community. The core of the community is online, but there are two Inner Circles that meet monthly in the Northeast and Southeast of England. Enrolment opens just twice a year (July and January) you can find out more HERE

 

 

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