By Clint Fuqua
If you have been following me online (and I really suggest you do) then you have seen a very long series of push-up videos. Several people have asked what they are about, and my return question is “Did you actually watch them and read the short message?”
In the first 22 days almost no one did, and now in the second 22 days some have, and in the forthcoming 22 days the goal will be turning that some into most. You see, the push-ups are not for me,
but rather for everyone to notice www.22Kill.com and the good they are doing in the world by ending military suicide. I point this out to express my frustration and to let you know that as in the last article, everything takes time to build and for others to take interest outside of the spectacle. My goal is to continue pushing up round after round to help ensure we put one less soldier in the ground due to a system, and partly a country, that has let them down.
This is my challenge and I invite you to join me or pick up your own challenge. The goal is to find something that will both challenge you and challenge everyone in the world around you to improve. It can be for the military, for the homeless, for children, for animals, for whatever makes you burn on the inside when you see or hear about it.
The tough part is to ensure that it will bring light and positivity to the world, rather than create more problems. If you can’t find one that you like then start your own and get others to join in on your challenge. Start a daily, walk, run, exercise, breathing, healthy eating, meditating, or other health based program and tie it to a cause you feel passionately about. This is how we improve our own life, health, and that of the world at the same time.
The frustration I expressed in the opening of this little article was put there because you too will go through it. The reason why is because people will test your commitment before they ever commit any energy (including reading a few hashtags) to joining any cause, especially if it requires anything more than giving a “like”. Video and images are powerful because of what people see in them rather than what you are doing in them. Make your commitment and share your commitment, and then keep on sharing your commitment, and then keep on sharing your commitment, and keep on sharing your commitment, and keep on sharing your commitment until one day you are committed to it rather than just doing it. This is when people will take notice and join in with commitment to do it. The spectacle of the activity is no longer the reason for the views. The message is what matters and that is the one thing that will keep you committed when no one cares or hopes you will complete the challenge.
Breathing is one thing that keeps you alive without ever having to think about it. Without this good habit life would end quickly or even worse very slowly as you had to think about every breath. Your daily actions work in the same fashion as both good and bad habits happen without thought. This will happen with your challenge as it will cease to be a challenge when you just do it every day as a part of your life and even feel like dying when you can’t. So be careful in choosing a challenge that you can do every day for the rest of your life and that others can do daily as well. The challenge itself should be easy to achieve, like breathing, or else people will either not join in, stop quickly, or worse – create health problems in an attempt to improve the world with only a limp for life to remember it by. Create a challenge that should be a habit due to the ease of action and daily commitment to make it happen.
- Pick your Challenge. Find that thing that will make the world a better place by you doing it and in turn make you a better person for having done it. In other words, it must be bigger than you, your vanity, and your sense of pride for doing it. This will be a humbling experience.
- Make your Commitment. “Pics or it didn’t happen” is very much a truth and the best way to commit to anything. Capture your commitment, especially if can’t hold yourself accountable, because everyone watching will.
- Do it Daily. The things you do every day will determine your healthiness, your illness, your richness, your brokenness, and any other “ness” that you will be living the following day. Habits are the good or bad you will live in life, and they happen every day especially when you aren’t thinking about it
Originally featured in The OffBeat Business Magazine July 2016.