I started a strange habit last year — I decided to experiment with a new lifestyle by making minor changes to my life one alteration at a time.

Last year, I decided to give up shopping for clothes for 6 months.  At first, it was kinda hard — not because I was a shopaholic but because I was such a sucker for bargains!  There would be times where I would browse a store, found an incredible deal but had to talk myself out of the purchase.  At the end of month six, however, I’ve lost all my appetite for clothes shopping altogether.  It was not the outcome I expected at all, but I guess I’ve conditioned my brain to lose interest in clothes shopping.  Now I buy clothes for the occasions for which I need the outfits.  It’s true that I may end up spending more money this way (because it’s rare to find something you need on sale right at the moment you need it), but it is more than offset by the amount of money I don’t spend on clothes regularly.

This year, I decided to give up alcohol.  It was chosen out of randomness.  I don’t consume much alcohol in the first place, so I don’t miss it on a day-to-day basis.  What is more difficult is when I hang out with friends in social drinking settings.  That’s when I find myself wanting a glass of wine or a pint of beer.  While most of my friends respect my decision, they try to tempt me nevertheless.  So far, so good though.  I don’t know how my life will be different after this experiment is over, but I look forward to the change.

How about you?  Have you ever challenged yourself by making long-term changes?  If not, may I suggest that you give it a try?  Just choose one thing in your life you want to change and try to stick to the challenge for six months.  You may be surprised at the outcome of your experiment!

When you challenge yourself, you inevitably change yourself.  Most of the time, such discipline changes lead to better life and living!