14-Day Mindset Challenge

“Your big opportunity may be right where you are now.” – Napoleon Hil

Are you up for a challenge that will shift your thinking, increase your self-awareness, and build your self-confidence? This simple 14-day mindset challenge will have you living kindly, learning continuously, and contributing meaningfully in all aspects of your life.

14-Day Superstar Mindset Challenge

Day 1

 Day 2  Day 3  Day 4  Day 5  Day 6  Day 7

Choose Kindness

Inspire Others Succeed Via Sacrifice Step into the Unknown Ignite Internal Motivation Make Room for Reading

Care for Others

Day 8

 Day 9  Day 10  Day 11  Day 12  Day 13  Day 14
Express Gratitude Stay True to Yourself Be Empathetic Listen with  Sincerity Improve Gradually Be a True Friend

Break Down Barriers

Redefining Superstar

You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.  — A.A. Milne

Christopher Robin said the above to his beloved furry friend Winnie-the-Pooh; those two timeless characters brought out the best in each other. They were superstars in each other’s lives. Take a moment to think deeply about the most prominent superstar in your life. Do you have someone in mind?

The first time I performed this exercise with a group, I was surprised when not one person envisioned a celebrity as the biggest superstar. Parents, siblings, relatives, friends, teachers, and coaches made up much of the list. While famous people can definitely serve as incredible sources of inspiration, the results of this activity emphasized the profound power we have to influence those around us on a daily basis.

Forget fortune and fame—the world’s most respected people, no matter their craft and notoriety, share a common attribute that I call the superstar mindset: a genuine desire to develop and contribute. Whether you speak of Mother Teresa or Michael Jordan, family members or friends, or musicians or mechanics, those who seek to better themselves and help in meaningful ways will see positive results, gain respect, and become sources of inspiration in life. So cool, so admirable, and best of all, so possible.

The truth is, you are a superstar. You just might not know it yet.

The concepts of these daily challenges will help you cultivate qualities that put you in high demand and even higher regard. Once you adopt the superstar mindset, more and more you will create moments in your life where you are living kindly, learning continuously, and contributing meaningfully. The more of these moments you create, the better your life will become, both now and in the future.

Are you ready? Step up to the challenge!

Day 1

Today’s challenge is to choose kindness as your guiding light.

“Before you speak, ask yourself if what you are going to say is true, is kind, is necessary, is helpful. If the answer is no, maybe what you are about to say should be left unsaid.”  – Buddha, The Awakened One

Today, put extra care into your words and actions, and remember that the best kind of person is a kind person. By choosing kindness as your guiding light, people will enjoy your positive presence, and as a result, you’ll enjoy richer interactions.

What did you notice? Could you do this again?

 

Day 2

Today’s challenge is to quietly inspire others through your actions.

“When you see a good person, become like her or him. When you see a bad person, reflect upon yourself.” – Confucius, Ancient Philosopher

Today, adopt the qualities of the people you admire and respect the most (friends, family members, role models, and others). By absorbing the best qualities of your favorite people, not only will you raise your performance, but through your actions, you will quietly pass along the gifts of inspiration that you’ve received over the years.

What did you notice? Could you do this again?

Day 3

Today’s challenge is to succeed via sacrifice.

“The good and the great are only separated by their willingness to sacrifice.” – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Today, give up something that hinders your progress and replace it with something more productive. Whether it is sacrificing unnecessary screen time for extra piano practice, or foregoing unhealthy food choices for a balanced daily diet, learning to sacrifice will help you evaluate your daily choices and reveal what you value most in life.

What did you notice? Could you do this again?

 

Day 4

Today’s challenge is to step into the unknown.

“You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Christopher Columbus, Famous Explorer

Today, purposely (and safely) step out of your comfort zone. Believe in your ability to tread in unknown waters, try new things, and face new challenges. Whether you choose to explore your creative side, make a new friend, try a new food, or anything else, remember that actions which take us outside our comfort zones often lead to life-changing discoveries and opportunities.

What did you notice? Could you do this again?

 

Day 5

Today’s challenge is to ignite your internal motivation.

 “I don’t count my sit-ups. I only start counting when it starts hurting because then it really counts. That’s what makes you a champion.” – Muhammad Ali, Boxing Legend

 Today, go the extra mile for something that is important to you. Once you become internally motivated to achieve in your daily pursuits, your potential becomes magical. And like a magician, you’ll become capable of incredible results that others cannot imagine or replicate.

What did you notice? Could you do this again?

Day 6

Today’s challenge is to make room for reading.

“Books were my pass to personal freedom. I learned to read at age three, and soon discovered that there was a whole world to conquer beyond our farm in Mississippi.” – Oprah Winfrey, Television Titan

Today, carve out at least 20 minutes for focused reading time. Choose something of particular interest to you (social media doesn’t count for this challenge, sorry). Building regular reading time into your life will make you more knowledgeable, imaginative, articulate, and open minded. Pretty admirable qualities, if you ask me.

 What did you notice? Could you do this again?

 

Day 7

Today’s challenge is to care for others.

“Try to be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.” – Maya Angelou, Civil Rights Activist

Today, demonstrate at least one purposeful act of kindness, compassion, or consideration for another person. Don’t expect anything in return, but know that your deed might indeed make that person feel better about life. Let your actions bring light and beauty into someone’s world.

What did you notice? Could you do this again?

 

Day 8

Today’s challenge is to express gratitude.

 “Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.” – Zig Ziglar, Leadership Expert

Today, go out of your way to express gratitude to someone who helps (or has helped) you in life. Once you become more thankful, you’ll also begin feeling less stressed and more blessed in a busy world.

What did you notice? Could you do this again?

 

Day 9

Today’s challenge is to stay true to yourself.

“It’s not weird to be weird.” – John Lennon, Musical Icon

Today, worry less about fitting in and more about standing out as the unique individual you are. Be yourself, and make choices that reflect your true personality and core values. Having the courage to be the most positive, authentic, and ever-improving version of yourself is the most precious gift you can give the world.

What did you notice? Could you do this again?

 

Day 10

Today’s challenge is to be empathetic towards others.

“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” – Mother Theresa, Saint!

Today, put yourself in the shoes of others, feel what they would feel, and act accordingly with a loving spirit. Empathy comes from deep in your heart; by exhibiting this quality, you’ll never be viewed as a shallow person.

What did you notice? Could you do this again?

 

Day 11

Today’s challenge is to listen with sincerity.

“When you talk, you are only repeating what you know; but when you listen, you may learn something new.” – Dalai Lama, Spiritual Leader

Today, listen with more than just your ears. Be fully present in each interaction, use positive body language that encourages others to speak, and don’t begin thinking until the person who is speaking finishes. In life, your ability to listen speaks volumes about your capacity to learn, lead, and love.

What did you notice? Could you do this again?

 

Day 12

Today’s challenge is to improve gradually.

 “The day you think there are no improvements to be made is a sad day for anyone.” – Lionel Messi, Soccer Superstar

Today, try to improve yourself, your skills, or your relationships in one small way. A life well-lived is comprised of worthwhile daily actions. Since your life is what you make it, why not try to make it a little better every day?

What did you notice? Could you do this again?

 

Day 13

Today’s challenge is to be a true friend.

“No matter what happens in life, be good to people. Being good to people is a wonderful legacy to leave behind. – Taylor Swift, Award-winning Singer Songwriter

Today, put extra effort into being a rock-solid friend. When you contribute positively to your social environment, you help bring joy into the world. Check on your friends’ wellbeing, support them, and make them feel valued. The only thing better than having a friend who brings out the best in you is being that friend to others.

What did you notice? Could you do this again?

 

Day 14

Today’s challenge is to break down mental barriers.

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t — you’re right” – Henry Ford, Superstar Innovator

Too often we build imaginary walls that confine our lives. Today, let positive thoughts push you beyond what you thought possible. Using the immense power of your mind to perceive each day positively will create an abundance of opportunity in your life. If you try to become a person you’d love, then you’ll love the person you become. And everyone else will love you, too.

What did you notice? Could you do this again?

Please feel free to send me a message on twitter @superstarcurric or on instagram @superstarcurricuulm to let me know how you are getting along!

Best wishes,

Ryan