Challenge Yourself To Go Without IT


We really appreciate what we have, when we go without it, lose it, or get close to losing it. We can also build mental strength, awareness and confidence. Each time we don’t “have” something that we are used to having, our eyes are opened and realizations occur.

Have you ever challenged yourself to go a period of time without something that you love or do regularly? I strongly believe that the practice of removing things from your life (even for a little while) is one of the best ways to improve your mindset.

I’ve written about what thoughts and beliefs you can give up to be more optimistic and determined.

I’ve written about what words you can give up to improve your mindset.

I’ve also challenged you to do less, have less, and simplify

If you’ve done the Whole30 Challenge, or another similar eating challenge, you know how impactful this can be. If you’ve given up sugar, coffee, tv, social media, hot showers, or anything else, then you know how much you appreciate it when you DO get to do or have that thing you’ve gone without. Or, you find that you don’t even miss it and are actually better off without it.

2 things may happen after you eliminate something for a period of time

1. Your appreciate grows for what you do have and what you can do. It may help you be more compassionate to others who don’t have choices, and help you realize just how blessed and lucky you are. This is always a good thing. You find that you’re even more grateful when you do choose to have that experience again.

2. You realize you don’t really “need” it…well that at least you aren’t tied to it or dependent on it. You feel fine and can actually flourish without it. You’re likely to find that you feel better and healthier without it….and that’s when the challenge really worked.

  • Is there anything you feel “dependent on” that you could try to go without?
  • Are there any habits that you could challenge yourself to stop for 1-4 weeks?
  • What would be REALLY hard for you to give up? Could you try to remove that for even a week?

Comment below with what you want to experiment with.

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2 thoughts on “Challenge Yourself To Go Without IT

  • Danielle Hughes

    Go without my morning coffee? That’s going to be extremely hard for me. I’ve tried to sub tea for my morning jolt, but it just never really kicked in the same. I did the 30 day challenge without using the words “I can’t” and it did make a huge difference, it was massively impactful and it was a lot harder than I thought it would be not to slip up and say it. My life’s been made so much richer without that useless phrase.

  • Mentality WOD Post author

    Maybe you can try a “coffee holiday” or a couple week break from it. Actually there are plenty of studies and websites that can help you get started if that’s something you want to. Giving up “can’t” is SUCH a great practice, good for you Danielle 🙂