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Self-Improvement 101: 7 Articles That Will Change Your Life

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At the Whole Life Challenge, we’re never going to ask you to change everything you’re doing right now, all at once. We believe in small steps. Change one thing today and make it stick. Change one more thing next month. Change another next year. If you commit to small, lasting change, then you can and will change everything you want — but it doesn’t have to happen all at once, and in fact, it can’t.

What we will ask you to do is question everything. Why are you doing what you’re doing? What if you did it differently? What do truly want your life to look like? The seven articles below look at different aspects of life and how you can improve it. Take your time to read through and think on the questions — and the potential solutions — that are presented. Then pick one to try on for yourself and see what happens.

7 Articles That Will Change Your Life

1. Love, Friendship, and the Time/Money Tradeoff

We can live well and be loved, meet our economic needs and make room for friendship. In this article, Jon Gilson shares what he’s learned about the time/money problem, in the hope that you’ll be able to improve your life by reprioritizing your emotional needs.

2. Operation You: Taking Personal Responsibility

When you take responsibility for what is happening in your life, then you put yourself in a position of power. You put yourself in a position from which you can achieve your dreams. Adam Stanecki outlines three steps you can take to seize that power in your life.

3. Navigating Life’s Road Bumps, Without Ending Up in the Ditch

Instead of seeing challenging periods or “mistakes” as obstacles in our lives, we could consider that they are, in fact, the best opportunities for growth and change. Whole Life Challenge co-founder Michael Stanwyck shares his advice on how to use the “bumps” to get more of what you want in life.

4. Getting Past a Bad Day: Four Steps to Moving On

A bad day can be set aside as just that, a short-term incident, something to be discarded rather than internalized, a stepping stone to greater things. Doing this requires mental strength, but that strength can be developed, and in this article Jon Gilson explains how.

5. The Unstoppable Power of Your Small Daily Choices

To have the perfect life we all envision, all aspects of our life need to be consciously acted upon in a positive way. How do we do this without feeling like we have an overwhelming list of things to do each day? Coach Sophia Drysdale explains the amazing compound effect of small steps.

7 Self Improvement Articles

6. The 5 Most Dangerous Words You Will Say to Yourself Today

To get more out of each day, and break through the barrier that is blocking your progress, you must understand your thoughts and feelings – and how you can control them. Adam Stanecki shares a simple, yet effective strategy to achieve your targets even when you don’t feel like it.

7. 6 Details That Can Make the Challenge Different for You

The path to long-lasting well-being is a lifelong journey. There is no rush to get it “right,” but we often try to. The Challenge is just a microcosm for life, so the tips Michael Stanwyck provides in this article about the game could make a big difference for anyone, on any given day.

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Becca earned her MFA in Cinema-Television Production at USC’s famed film school, and her first career was as a music editor. Becca found her way to career number two through martial arts. She trained in BJJ and muay Thai and worked with professional MMA fighters, building websites, organizing fight promotions, and producing videos.

In 2005, she became a student at CrossFit Los Angeles where she met WLC co-founders Andy Petranek and Michael Stanwyck. In only a couple years, she became CrossFit Level III Certified, left her entertainment career, and dedicated herself full time to coaching, serving as the Program Director of CFLA and founder of the CFLA CrossFit Kids program. After seven years as a music editor and then eight years as fitness instructor, Becca segued to her current career — full-time editor and writer.