Hi everyone, finally – it’s here! Welcome to the all-new “How to Be a Better Me in 30 Days” October Challenge! (See Overview for all Upcoming Tasks)
October is going to be a month of mountain climbing of self change, discovery, subconscious and conscious action. For the next 365 days (one year), we are going to help others and yourself by working on series of tasks to build our person, and work towards our ideal self. I want to remind that October will be a month to Be a Better YOU – meaning regardless of the outcome, I want you to challenge yourself on how you can make something better (even if something goes wrong or whether you are in control). Because being a better us happens every moment, every second – not just the limitation in doing a task or experiencing new experiences. We will be doing specific tasks on a specific day to help benefit you and others in the 365 Day Challenge, ie: “How to Be a Better Person in 365 days.”
Now, that you are ready to go… Did you sign up for the challenge yet, what are you waiting for?! You can follow – if you are on wordpress.com/ wordpress.org – and if you want to subscribe, you can email subscribe on the top right corner or at the bottom of this page also. I want you to commit yourself fully this challenge. Stamp down redundant, reasons for not doing the challenge, unimportant tasks you have for October and dedicate yourself to the daily tasks for 365 Day Challenge. Don’t allow yourself any excuses or reasons to skip any day’s tasks. Know that no matter what happens, all of us are here to support each other, so share everything openly in the comment area (below). I will be here to help you too.
I ask that you post a helpful comment to 1-3 fellow participates that resonate with you as the challenge is a community-driven challenge. Your experiences, your results will help others and benefits you too. If everyone does this, we’ll take away so much more from this experience. The more we share, the more we care and the more we’ll learn.
A reminder: If you haven’t yet, set aside an hour every day (in October) for the daily tasks. I recommend setting it first thing in the morning, such that you can read the task at the start of the day, and you have the rest of the day to do the task.
My goal is to post each day’s task every morning at 8am (Brisbane time, GMT +10). I understand that some of you are across the globe and will receive the tasks either ahead of time or after. I ask that you do these task first thing in the morning – meaning you will get the task completed and will have the day to experience your next step to being a better you.
If you choose to do this later… It will only create friction, noise, excuses and distraction and in doing so making things worse for you. It is my objective to prepare you and post each day’s tasks as early as possible such that all of us can get working on it asap, otherwise I’ll have a huge task in reading/processing/addressing the inquiries vs. working on the task. Know that 365 Day Challenge (and my blog related work/coaching) is my top priority. All posts will appear right away on the blog when they are published, and sent via email newsletter within 24 hours from there on. The fastest way to be involved/notified of new tasks and related is via subscribing to the RSS feed. Without further ado, let’s now move to day 1′s task!
DAY 1: Realisation – Who Are You?!
Ensure you’ve officially signed up/subscribed for the course before you continue on to today’s task. Today’s task will take about 30-45 min.
“Everyone has the obligation to ponder well his own specific traits of character. He must also regulate them adequately and not wonder whether someone else’s traits might suit him better. The more definitely his own a man’s character is, the better it fits him.” ~ Cicero (106 BC – 43 BC)
As you know, 365 Day Challenge is to be a better person. It’s created so we can develop our character, to weed out our bad character traits, to build new, desired traits, to cultivate universal values, to re-discover ourselves – so that we become the highest person we can be proud of.
I mentioned in How To Be a Better Person: 101 Ways – Arina, I started the journey knowing what was ahead of me without comprehending the abnormality of it all and without complete devotion of direction. For some of us, we grow year by year or day by day. I grew by moment to moment. Living with the direction of others and not allowing myself to bloom in such a way that would allow growth and fertility of my human nature and personality. I must confess this journey has been two sided, one of truths and the second, untruths. Being true to yourself is one of the biggest challenges we face but it is easier to lie to ourselves rather than hunt the truth of our real ideal self. I have seen changes in my personal and business life – that even stuns me! I do not question everything that comes my way but I do question how it will affect me emotionally, environmentally and physically. I have come to realise that even an eighty years old are still asking the same question, I ask of you: Who are you? How can you be a better person?
Now, it’s been a long time (5-6 years, give or take) I started on a journey of personal development and came to a point in my life knowing that I had to change, re-shape, re-form and grow to be a better person. I sat down with pen and paper in hand looking at a blank page asking my inner persona who am I? What do I want to achieve? Who am I aspiring to be? Do I even like myself? Yes. I began to question everything. I mean everything from the blade of grass to the clouds in the sky. What was my purpose?! Since, I did that. I can see how the conscious decisions in my life improved my person from that point and since made me a far happier person.
Today, I’m incredibly happy with who I am. I’m incredibly happy with life. I’m incredibly happy with what the universe has brought to me, into my world. I’m much happier with who I’ve come to be, because the virtues of kindness, compassion and love (warm qualities) resonate with me far more than a scarcity mindset, emotional stinginess, and a general oppressiveness towards others (cold, hard qualities).
For this week, we’re going to be working on the series of steps above – one at a time. For today’s task, you’ll be assessing: Who are You?!
Your Task: Who Are You?
The first task of 365 Day Challenge is to assess you.
1. Estimate Your Character with the Christian Character Index – you will be only using this as a guide to give you an idea of where you are in your life. If, however, you do not believe in God there will be no judgement as this is about you and no discrimination as it will NOT BE TOLERATED on my blog.
The 65 item CCI takes 15-20 minutes to complete and estimates ten character qualities. The 35 item CCI2 takes about 10 minutes to complete, estimates seven character qualities, and appears to be a slightly more valid instrument (click here for validity information).
2. What was your score? How did you fair?
- State down specific reasons why – At least 3-5 points to explain your score.
- Elaborate as much as you can. The more you write, the better.
3. Now, write down 5-7 traits about yourself you want to work on.
- These can be traits you don’t like about yourself, or traits you are okay with but you want to eradicate because they serve no value to you.
- If you having a hard time working on traits/values, here are some Sample Values List to help you get started:
- What is the Value of Values?
- 7 Keys to a Real Good Life
- Become A Better You: 7 Keys To Improving Your Life Every Day
- 7 Ways For You to Be the Best You That You Possibly Can Be
- How Are You Faring In Your Life Now?
Remember, elaborate as much as you want. The more you write the better.
Question 3 is actually a lead-in for Day 2′s task. Tomorrow, we will be delving into the character traits we want to work on (ergo looking deeper into your Q3 answers) – so stay tuned.
DAY 1 REFLECTION
For each 365 Challenge task, we’ll have a quick reflection session. This is to identify and collect our learning’s and reflections, rather than just do the task for the sake of doing it.
- Is there anything you learned today?
- If so, what is it? Write it down.
SHARE YOUR ANSWERS
What score did you get for each area of your life? Why? What are the 5-7 traits about you, you would like to work on and perhaps change?
Share your answers with the others in the comments area! Check out others’ comments and share your thoughts! 🙂
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