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It might be that you’ve always wanted to learn to swim, play the piano, speak French, play a sport, run a 5k…fill in the blank. You get the idea. There is never a shortage of what we aspire to do. In fact, if asked, we can probably come up with a huge list. This is especially true at the turn of a new year. The resolution to finally do X.
So why don’t we do what Nike slogan says and, well, Just Do It? A wise Chicago Tribune Columnist, Eric Zorn, created a challenge in 2001 and called it the SIN Challenge (Someday is Now). It always stuck with me and I use it often to challenge myself — especially when I start to hesitate and feel stuck. Here is what happened and how you can harness your dreams and create your own SIN Action plan.
Even though it was 15 years ago, Zorn’s challenge is still relevant. He asked readers to spend 30 minutes, 6 days a week for a year focused on the challenge. Yes, a year! You are probably thinking, “Wow, who has that much time?” The truth is, we all have the time, but it has to be something that is really worth it.
Years later, Zorn had since retired from the original SIN challenge and created a new one. Commit to 10 minutes a day. This sounds much more doable right? Everyone has 10 minutes. And the best part is, you can commit to it in smaller chunks like 30, 60, 90 days with goals at each milestone.
Are you ready to take action and make today Someday Is Now?
5 Easy Steps To Take Action
- Decide What You Want To Change — And WRITE IT DOWN
- Brainstorm — If you could accomplish this one thing, what would you need to know? Make a list of things that take 10 minutes each.
- Schedule 10 minutes — Put it on your phone calendar. You can use the app IFTT (If this than that) for a daily text to remind you.
- Set Up Milestones — After 30, 60, 90 days, what do you hope to have learned? Make the list attainable and something you can share.
- Find a buddy — Having someone who you can share this with is key to staying accountable.
Now you have your list…don’t hesitate. Do the one 10 minute thing today. It is really important that the actions are that easy and without hesitation you can implement. The biggest obstacle isn’t learning to do a new task — it’s getting started!
At the end of every 30 days, write down your progress. Don’t be too hard on yourself. We all stumble. There may be a day that you really don’t have 10 minutes to breathe, let alone try to learn something new. Guess what? You can bulk up and do 20 minutes the next day. This new task you are taking on will come to you in small increments and at the end, you will be amazed and proud of all that you accomplished.
Making a public declaration is one of the best accountability tools out there. So here goes…I am learning to do video — both live and recorded. Pretty scary, at least it feels like it! I signed up for a course and the first assignment is 5 minutes of video in 5 days. This feels pretty doable! Even after all the prep time beforehand.
What is your “Someday is Now”? Share with us below or on our Facebook page. We love to hear from you! Always remember: You Got This!