30-Day Challenges

by Ted Cleaver

I figured its time to address this subject. We talked it over. Its clear, we need a system. At the same time, we need to not feel the need to do that much. We don’t need to do anything, but we can do so much.

The 30-day challenge started after about a year of deliberation. It was Miss Whip who got things going for good. And now, five of us are challenging every day with unabated fervour. The idea is as simple as brilliant: Pick a challenge and do it every day for 30 days. Doing so will help you open your mind. You live more consciously and more lively because every time you perform your challenge you have a waking moment, something completely non-routine. At the same time, the period of 30 days is chosen because within 30 days it is possible to change a routine. For instance, I won’t continue writing a minimum of 300 words till kingdom come, but doing this for 30 days definitely is decreasing my lizard brain’s resistance to publish one-shots. It’s a skills building exercise, and one that has long-term effects.

Now, who wouldn’t want that? So far, it’s working out really nicely. I’m proud to see what my brothers are accomplishing, Miss Whip is drawing again like she used to when she was a little girl, and Tony Montana puts due thought into his haiku, challenging himself and letting go, going with the flow at the same time. One important element of the success so far is that we have a private blog where we share all our stuff – and where my writing that is not fit for the public is quarantined. Call it social control, or more positively, call it mutual motivation, we all check each other’s challenge every day and thereby create a stimulating and positive atmosphere in the group.

It’s working out so well that at least 20 people are joining the next round. We’re ecstatic; business models for our ponzi scheme are readily in place. I jest. But adding so many people at once will change things. With 25 people its impossible to keep up with everyone’s progress daily. The group effect will be different. Also, the actual architecture of our information system is not designed for more than, say 10 people. Things will change and we’re ready for it.

For starters, the core group will always remain. Next, the private blog will remain. However, it will no longer be a repository for all challengers, more like a master blog with links and general information. Everyone needs to make his or her own blog. Ha! I know someone I love who’ll need help with that. A personal blog can be set to public or private mode. Perhaps a combination is possible as well, either that or adding a page to your public blog but not linking it from your blog in a way amounts to an invisible web address. This URL can then be shared directly with friends.

It’s almost 4 am and I’m getting caught up with details. Rest assured that Kings Inc is on the job. The point is that 30-day challenges are a lot of fun and incredibly beneficial to you, as a person. It works best when done together with family and friends: Motivating and appreciating each other’s development adds so much more to it. We look forward to a flexible system, a network of bloggers, public or private, who challenge themselves to grow. Every day – Building Skills with Family and Friends.