The “Don’t Do Stupid Things For A Month” Challenge

Zaid K. Dahhaj
4 min readApr 19, 2018

Nothing is perfect. Life is messy. Relationships are complex. Outcomes are uncertain. People are irrational.” (Hugh Mackay)

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How long would it take you to figure out that you’re doing something in a stupid manner that you should stop doing? For almost everyone, the answer comes within a few seconds and this is because we inherently know that we can improve upon our own situations and become more competent in the domain of life.

You’ve known about these stupid things that you do forever and they show up immediately within your psyche. These things pop up but have the quality of adding a lot of pressure and demand on you as an individual to improve them. Many people don’t like this pressure and demand so they escape through some form of stimulation whether that be drugs, sex, partying, watching YouTube videos, so on and so forth.

What I have found is that by making these improvements less demanding, individuals start to actually improve upon some of those things that they could fix and then that starts the process of momentum which is extremely powerful.

So, how can we make these immediate improvements less demanding?

We can say that there are some stupid things that we are doing that we KNOW are stupid and wrong that we COULD stop doing and that we WOULD stop doing. Then, we can just start with that. You can list out all of those things that meet that criteria and start improving upon them one by one.

Maybe it’s just a little thing at first. But, in reality, it’s not really a little thing because it is a step forward on the proper voyage and it is the beginning of when momentum is created.

What would this look like for a month?

This brings up the question of what would your life look like if you just practiced this for a month.

How would your health improve?

How would your relationships improve?

How would your finances improve?

What would you feel like at the end of making constant improvement for a month?

Zaid K. Dahhaj

Sleep King. Helping family men fix fatigue in less than 42 days without letting loved ones suffer. Founder: The 2AM Podcast.