How to Use the Communication Challenge Stack
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These are the Communication Challenges, for breaking the rule Be Normal.
Recommended Challenge Frequency
We recommend that you commit to engaging one challenge a week, as many times as you are able, and then move on to another the following week.
If you’ve discovered that you’ve been following the rule Be Normal and you want accelerated progress breaking this rule, you could do one of these challenges a day for the next 30 days in a sprint format.
Generally speaking, the more time you spend building a new habit, the more sustainable it’s likely to be. Most importantly, however, make a commitment in advance regarding the length and frequency of your rule breaking project and then stick to it.
Whether that’s every day for 30 days, every week for 30 weeks, or twice a week for a month—it’s up to you. But Break a Rule provides everything you need to establish a powerful new habit, and the best thing you can do to establish a habit is to practice on a consistent schedule.
New challenges are sent out to paid subscribers every week, but you can always go into the communication challenge library and select from an existing challenge whenever you need a new one, or just take them in order at whatever interval works for you.
When you find a challenge you want to work with, simply type the words, “I’m committing to this,” in the comment section below the challenge.
We’ll send a reply with words, YOUR CURRENT CHALLENGE, the challenge title, and key instructions back to you so it will be right there in your notifications.
This way, you’ll always be able to remind yourself of which challenge you’re working on by clicking the notification icon next to your profile.
Even if other notifications have arrived, just look for the one that says: YOUR CURRENT CHALLENGE.
Commenting Really Helps
Once you’ve worked with the challenge, consider leaving a comment on the challenge you’ve been using so that you can reflect on its value, integrate your experiences, and serve the community by sharing your insights and progress.
The power of Break a Rule is that we’re all in this together, supporting one another, learning from each other, inspiring one another. The more you participate and share your progress or struggles, the more momentum we get as a team.
Consider Working with a Partner
If you really want to magnify the benefits of engaging with the platform, consider bringing a friend or colleague with you into Break a Rule and becoming accountability partners for each other in rule breaking.
Start Your Own Substack
You could even start your own Substack publication and publish stories of engaging these challenges, sharing your adventures and learning, and following along with a partner to stay in the loop of each other’s progress and experience. But even if you don’t have one rule breaking partner, having your own Substack can be a huge point of leverage for connecting with other professionals in a meaningful and thoughtful way. You could use writing about your challenges to engage your employees or team if you’re in a leadership position, or to find likeminded customers, colleagues, and industry partners if you’re in sales, management, or an executive.
Subscribe to the Communication Stack
If you’d like to be specifically notified whenever a new communication challenge is added to the stack, you can subscribe directly to the communication challenge stack by navigating to your profile, clicking on “settings”, scrolling down to subscriptions and clicking there, and then scrolling down to your notification settings where you will be able to subscribe to any of the development stacks.
This process is shown below.
Go to settings.
Choose Break a Rule from your subscriptions.
Toggle emails “on” to receive new posts to any of the stacks.
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