Back in January I received an email through Jon Acuff ’s newsletter updates. Adventurers wanted. Sign up here.
I thought it couldn’t hurt, so I did. The first email message read:
“The concept is simple, in 2014 we are going to “Do More Stuff.” That’s it.
For 30 days in a row starting on January 1st, I will send you one short, simple task via email. At the end of the 30 days we will measure our results, share our successes, dust off our failures and start again.
One of the ways we will do this is through a concept called “Goal Contagion.” Scientists have found that you are dramatically more likely to accomplish your goals if you can see other people working on goals. You don’t have to even meet the person, simply reading about what they’re working on gives you a literal boost.”
For 68 days now, I have been part of this challenge. I have shared my goal of writing my first book and I have seen many others reach their goals. People have lost weight, saved money, gotten new jobs, relocated, started a business, healed relationships, started dreaming again… you name it! There are 6000 members in this group. Goal contagion is an understatement. Support, encouragement, prayers, meetups, phone calls, networking, emails. It all happens there.
Personally, I am closer to reaching my goal than ever. My book is not a “one day I will…” project. It’s in writing. Draft 2. Pending edits and graphics. It will be released in the coming month or so.
I’ve always struggled with setting goals. This time around, my goals have been directed and intentionally guided and split into 68 baby steps. Every day I’m making progress.
The best effect of that is that I can do the same now with anything I want to start. Follow the same steps. Hustle. Succeed.
Have you ever participated in a similar challenge? Are you in the hustle group now? What has been your experience?