Be a Better You in 365 Days Challenge – DAY 10 : Take Action. BE Proactive!

This is Day 10 of How to Be a Better Person in 365 Days (365 Challenge) October 2011 Challenge. View list of tasks: 365 Challenge Overview

 Welcome to Day 10 of How to Be a Better Person in 365 Days Challenge!

Yesterday, we explored procrastination. We identified an area in our life we’ve been procrastinating on, and we looked into why we’ve been procrastinating in that. Many of you did amazing work in peeling through the surface reasons of your procrastination, and dug deep for the root cause.

For some of you, you found perfectionism was blocking you from moving forward. For some of you, it was the fear of failure that was holding you back. For some of you, you had overcomplicated what the task entailed, which made you put off taking the first step. And for others, you forgot why you even wanted the goal to begin with – which meant there was no longer a driving force to achieve the goal.

For some of you, you found perfectionism was blocking you from moving forward. For some of you, it was the fear of failure that was holding you back. For some of you, you had overcomplicated what the task entailed, which made you put off taking the first step. And for others, you forgot why you even wanted the goal to begin with – which meant there was no longer a driving force to achieve the goal.

Whatever the reason(s) you identified, you’ve reached a higher consciousness when you delved into the cause of your procrastination. At the same time, remember that there’s always a deeper reason beyond what you see as the “cause”. It depends on how deeply you dig into it. For example, perfectionism itself is an effect – there are reasons why one would be a perfectionist. Fear of failure is also an effect of something else. So is fear of rejection, laziness, lack of motivation, poor time management, and so on. The more you self-reflect and question your thoughts, the more realizations you’ll achieve, and the more aligned your natural behaviors will be with your intentions.

Kudos to all of you who have done the exercise and achieved new realizations for yourself yesterday! Reading your comments, I couldn’t help but feel so extremely proud of all of you. All of you are doing amazing work in 365 Challenge, truly. The next 2.5 weeks are going to be even more exciting, and I can’t wait to see how things go next.

That said, I’ve included 2 additional steps to wrap up yesterday’s exercise. Now that you have explored the causes of your procrastination, I’d like to invite you is to identify your key motivations for your goal, because this will let you remain anchored to why you want the goal to begin with. After which, you should create your action plan/Just do It Plan, which will get you moving forward. Some of you have already done that implicitly, but having these clearly laid out will make it clearer and easier to take action. Simply complete Set Specific Goals, then add them on to your comments for yesterday via replying to your comment, as a pledge of action to yourself.

Here is a list to get you started on setting goals and how to execute them:

  1. How to Goal Set?
  2. Set Specific Goals to Increase Your Successes!
  3. That Goal is Achievable! 8 Tips to Making it Become a Reality

That said, let’s now move to today’s task!

Day 10 – Take Action Be Proactive in 30 Minutes.

Today’s task will take about 30 minutes.

Why is action important? Simply put – if there’s no action, there will be no results. Say you want to lose weight. You plan the whole day long on your ideal diet, your desired exercise regime, your nutritional needs, etc, and have non-stop day dreams about your perfect physique.

No matter how much mental work you do on losing weight, nothing will ever happen until you get off your butt and do something about it. It’s only when you take action that you get results, and only when you get results that you have an active feedback loop on whether your actions match up to the vision you want to achieve.

Today’s task is clear and simple – block out 30 minutes and spend it on something you’ve been putting off. It can be to exercise. It can be to create a draft outline of that book you’ve been wanting to write for ages. It can be to compose that song that’s been running in your mind. It can be to start planning for your business ahead, as you make plans to quit your job. It can be to create your weight loss plan for the upcoming weeks. It can be to reach out to finish up the report you’ve left hanging for a while.

Why 30 minutes? Because 30 minutes is a sufficient time block to get something done, and is something you can schedule out if the goal is truly important to you. The intention is to get started, then get the momentum going after that.

Without further ado, let’s get started!

Your Task: 30 Minutes of Action!

  1. Schedule out a 30 minutes block in your calendar today.
    • Since you should already have scheduled out an hour every day in your August calendar for 365 Challenge, there shouldn’t be an issue scheduling out a 30 min block. Use your 365 Challenge time slot for this task today.
    • If you want to schedule more than 30 minutes, you’re welcome to do so! The minimum is 30 minutes.
  2. Identify a task you want to work on today.
    • It can be the task you identified for yesterday’s procrastination exercise, or a totally different task.
    • Post a comment as a pledge of action. Share (a) The task you’re going to do (b) What time you’re going to do it (c) What you want to accomplish in this 30 minutes.
  3. Take action!
    • Commit yourself to doing the task in that time slot. Don’t let anything get in the way.
    • If there are any urgent things that crop up, just wrap them up and proceed with your task, or push them off for later. This is about following through on your commitments.
  4. Schedule a recurring 30 minutes slot for action in the future.
    • You can make it daily, once every 2 days, once every 3 days, twice a week – whatever is comfortable with you. The point is to set aside a time block in your daily schedule so you can work on your goals – your most important goals.
    • I recommend setting a daily 30 minutes slot, which will build a strong momentum and create the maximum results in the long run.
    • Feel free to set longer than 30 minutes, though 30 minutes should be the bare minimum. Again, 30 minutes is low committal, and is sufficient time to make head-way in whatever you’re doing.

Day 10 Reflection for 365 Challenge!

  1. Is there anything you learned today?
  2. If so, what is it? Write it down.

Share Your Answers!

What task are you going to work on for your 30 minutes of action today? How did it go during the 30 minutes, and what did you do/finish? When’s your next 30 minutes of action slot?

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14 thoughts on “Be a Better You in 365 Days Challenge – DAY 10 : Take Action. BE Proactive!

  1. Gosh I’m so behind in the tasks but I’m surely doing my best to keep up with the group.
    Well the task I chose is the same than the one I mentioned on day 9′s task. The task is to continue and schedule my baby-steps plan to overcome my negative traits. Though is true that I was overwhelmed to add another task to the “to-do” list, because I have so many to do right now, yet while doing the task I realized that at least two or three of these traits I wanted to improve would actually help me to accomplish many of the tasks I’ve been delaying or not doing good enough. So I started the introspection again, and wrote all that I felt about these traits, why I wanted to improve them and how I was planning to do so. It has been one of the most relaxing times of the day (and I’m starting to realize that I’ve been so much more relaxed since I started to introspect and enjoy the moment, the people, the situations, the everything that is around me). So, yet I’m tired, I’m excited 🙂 and this is nothing that a good laugh, a smile and a great cup of coffee cannot cure 🙂

  2. This day has by far been the most impactful growth day thus far! Completely helped me realize (along with the procrastination day) on why and how I am able to reframe those fears into a place where I CHOOSE to be courageous and take action towards my goals.

  3. Task: Focus on my upcoming play.

    Action: I tend to slack on character analysis, something that I really enjoy once I actually start to do it, and something that helps me immensely when on stage. It’s just kicking my butt in gear to start. If I want to be a better actor, there are no excuses for not getting this done. I will reread the play, I will begin to make active choices. I will research the topics brought up in the play. I will get a notebook dedicated to my character. I will be fearless. GO!

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