Personal growth and surrender are inseparable.
Having short-term intentional challenges mitigates the temptation to compete against luck.
Here are some of the ridiculously small steps (72-hour challenges) i’ve taken that have been transformational:
- Stop texting and reading emails while driving
- Write five daily, differently-themed blog posts
- Stop drinking alcohol
- Stop speaking up in meetings (advice from boss)
- Drive the speed limit
- Make 10 minutes early my “on-time” standard
- Jog 100 meters each morning
- Place every postage stamp upside down
- Tell my colleague’s bosses complimentary examples about them (and never tell my colleagues i did it)
- Keep my leader (while i was at Disney Institute) informed so they never have to ask
- Volunteer at Church
- Buy a glass jar and fill it with 936 beads, place it on my desk before our Son is born
- Take one bead out of the jar every Friday until our Son turns 18 (18 years x 52 weekends/year = 936 weekends (beads)
- Handpick flowers and personally deliver them to my Wife
- Start going to the gym
- Schedule annual health checkups in January
- Weigh myself (twice) in the morning
- Floss my teeth before bedtime
- Read at least an hour a day
- Write at least two hours a day
- Make plans to retire at 55
- Create a “plan b” before the next potential economic crisis
- Stop drinking coffee and diet coke
- Begin each day on my knees
All of the above were small steps that began one day and continued for a few more days. Now, it’s the new normal.
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On April Fool’s Day 2009, jeff noel began writing five daily, differently-themed blogs (on five different sites). It was to be a 100-day self-imposed “writer’s bootcamp”, in preparation for writing his first book. He hasn’t missed a single day since.