Here Goes Nothing — or Everything!

Hello! & Welcome! 

I recently heard an executive of a company describe himself as an “agent of change” and it was his job to make changes, good and bad, to get his company back on track, to create a vision for the future, and to head in the right direction.  He went on to say that the changes were sometimes difficult and painful and other times they were easy and painless.  But he felt they were necesary to make progress.

This inspired me to think about being an agent of change on a personal level.  Over the past few months, things have changed at work (good and bad), several personal relationships have changed (also good and bad), and as a result my views and outlooks have changed.  I’ve felt myself questioning things I’ve never questioned before and being unsettled with where certain aspects of my life are.  Those of you that know me know I am slow to change and like most people, don’t like to admit fault or a better way to do things.

Over the past month or two I’ve seen people issue challenges to themselves and others in an effort to make themselves better.  I’ve seen it on blogs, websites, news sites, and even on Facebook among several friends and co-workers.  I’ve seen them range from improving fitness to life decisions. So betterME was born – A challenge to myself to change things to make myself better, to make those around me better, and where I can, to make my world better.

If you’re reading this, then this is where you come in !!!  I invite you not only to read, but to participate, comment, encourage, and hold me accountable.  I’m asking ou to help inspire me and motive me, and yes, even challenge me yourself.  At least once or twice a week I want one of the challenges to come from the community of people I know — those of you reading right now  — it’s your chance to better me! No, asking me to give you $100 will not make me a better person so let’s keep it real

Sometimes I may invite a friend to join in on a challenge or help me fulfill one.  I do hope you’ll accept the offer if made, but if not I understand.  And if you do participate and don’t want to be mentioned in the blog, just say so.

Here are some examples of some of the challenges that may pop up : Get out of my comfort zone for a day, Do something spontaneous, Learn 10 new words, Try new foods, Talk to a stranger, Catch up with an old friends, Try something I think I suck at, Volunteer my time, Go out alone, Learn something new, Go to church, Stop a bad habit, Think positively, Be encouraging, Smile at everyone, Face a fear, Eliminate something non-essential, etc

There are also some goals I’ve set that can’t really be accomplished on a specific day.  Most of them deal with relationships and you can’t really plan when will that happen.  So I’ve set them to be completed within the 30 days instead of a certain day.  These may include challenges such as : Meet 5 new people, Repair 5 damaged relationships, Support a cause, No snooze-button for a week, Do 5 acts of kindness, etc.

I plan to kick this off next Tuesday, Jun 1.  I’ll make posts daily and update the results and make it available on Twitter and Facebook as well as right here 🙂

So I invite your encouragement, comments (you’re invited to leave them below by clicking on the link), suggestions and most of all your inspiration.  I am honestly asking for your help, participation, and truthful feedback.  Obviously I can’t embark on something like this without expecting some of the truths, realities,  and changes to sting.

This is something I feel I  must do and need to do. This is not a gag, gimmick, stupid trick or a way for attention.  Change requires some accountability and transparency.  If you’re aware of my challenge for the day by all means make sure I’m adhering to it.    So thank you in advance and hopefully in 30 days (and beyond) there will be a betterME!



One Response to “Here Goes Nothing — or Everything!”

  1. This is great! Good luck – you’ll be successful! 🙂

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