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During BlogWorld 2010, I randomly met Maren Kate from the blog Escaping the 9 to 5. Recently, she posted an interesting challenge on her blog called 100 Days to Change Your Life.

What can I do in 100 days (about three months)? What can you do in that amount of time? What can we do as a community?

This isn’t about making resolutions, as son many people do at the start of every year. Writers Maren,

We all can say we want to be thinner, happier and richer but when we’re pressed for exact details of each goal our desire becomes fuzzy and intangible. Before you begin your 100 day challenge, make sure you want to change for reasons that resonate deeply within yourself instead of external noise.

Write down not just your ultimate goals, but how you can get there in 100 days. Be realistic, but also reach high. It isn’t a good goal to say, “I want to be happier in 100 days” unless you have a plan for making that possible.

Personally, I have two goals I’d like to reach in the next 100 days:

  • Be more financially stable by paying down my credit cards by at least 1/2.
  • Complete the two projects I’m working on for my business (one is for freelance writers, one is for businesses who want to get involved in social media)

I have my list of things that need to happen to make these goals attainable, from little stuff like buying generic-brand items to save money to harder tasks like sitting down to edit 100+ pages of content to something more manageable. Will I reach these goals in 100 days? Maybe. I’m a positive thinker, so I’m optimistic. But if I don’t, you know what? That’s ok too - not because it’s ok to be complacent but because in 100 days think about how much closer I’ll be to actually reaching those goals. If it takes 101 days instead or even if it takes a lot longer, what I love about Maren’s challenge is that it gets the ball rolling.

I want to challenge you to get your own ball rolling. What goals do you want to reach that you’ve been putting off? What can you do in 100 days to change your life? I want to challenge you to come up with one life goal (paying down bills, losing weight, etc) and one freelance writing goal.

Cheese ball at it sounds, together we can change the world around us to be happier, more productive people. It all starts with 100 days.


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