Be The Change - 30 Days to Make a Difference in 2014
By Erin Barry
A new year is a new opportunity and a new chance to improve some aspect of our lives. Whether it is personal or professional, we often take time during those days between Christmas and New Year’s Day to come up with some resolutions.
I have always found resolutions to be a bit generic. First, you think of an idea, something you genuinely want to improve upon. However, it’s far less common to take the time to create a plan of action to assure the resolution continues past the second week of January.
This year we must take it upon ourselves to make a plan and dig a little deeper into the reasons behind the resolutions we chose. A great place to start is listening to this brief TED Talk which it gives you a different approach to making a difference in just 30 days.
“Try something new for 30 days,” he says. If we want something bad enough we can do it wholeheartedly for 30 days, can’t we? In this current generation we are so spoiled with instant gratification. 30 days can feel like an eternity. But how many times have you said to yourself, “where did this month go?” Our lives continue to pass us by whether we like it or not. Why not make it personal in 2014?
If you’re perpetually late for work, meetings, get togethers, etc… Why not put some focus on arriving 10 minutes early for 30 days? Who knows, maybe punctuality will look great on you!
If you’re a procrastinator, why not put some focus on creating a “to do” list every night before you leave the office to complete the following day for 30 days? Who knows, maybe organization will creep its way into your daily life!
If you spend too much time on social media, why not give up Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or a plethora of other social media sites for 30 days? Maybe that new found “free time” will allow you to read that great book you’ve been meaning to read for a year!
I’m sure you get the idea. We have twelve months to do twelve 30 day challenges. Instead of the months flying by, forgotten…perhaps our time will be much more memorable in 2014. Make a difference. Make it personal. Happy New Year!