Lofty goal! I liked it. Yes, I think it’s time to claim my status as an aspiring “do-gooder”! I’ve embraced the challenge!
Each morning between 5:00 and 5:15 a.m. a challenge message is sent to my email address (NO, I NEVER read it at 5:00, doing good can wait until at least 7:00 a.m.). It begins with a friendly reminder:
Hi Deborah, this is a friendly reminder of your Daily Challenge for March 31, 2009:
Then the link to the challenge of the day:
View this challenge:
The challenge link takes me to the Daily Challenge website that looks very similar to other social media tools. You can even have friend lists that allow you to connect with other “do-gooders” (I haven’t chosen to do this). The challenge of the day is highlighted with a take action button. There is an indication of how many people have taken action on this challenge, their avatars shown in the right hand column (I don’t have an avatar either). There are options to share with friends, submit a new challenge as well as a list of the latest challenges submitted, if you prefer not to take the challenge of the day.
My favorite part is a tab in the legend at the top that allows me to review the actions I’ve taken, kind of a periodic review of the positive. Ok, I cheat. I wonder if cheating is antithetical to being a “do-gooder”. I digress. What I mean is I don’t always do the challenge that day. I allow myself to reflect on what I’ve done over the last 3 days (3 is arbitrary – it’s just the upper limit of my short term memory) and if I can think of a specific action that directly relates to a challenge, I click the take action button. If I can’t find anything in the recent past, and I plan to undertake the challenge, I return later and click the take action button.
So far the challenges seem to center around 3 themes:
Do good to/for yourself, for example:
Do something nice for someone else:
Do something good for the world:
So, if it sounds appealing to you to reflect on the positive you do, and we all do positive daily, join me at the Daily Challenge: http://www.dailychallenge.org. We can be the change we seek!