“I have enjoyed life a lot more by saying yes than saying no.” – Sir Richard Branson
So you’ve discovered our blog, acquainted yourself with what 30 Things is, and are now brimming with excitement, wanting to do your own 30 Things. We’ve heard this a lot! And we LOVE it! That’s why we’re working on building an online community where like-minded folks can proclaim to the world (or at least themselves) that they want to do 30 Things and change their lives!
Although the community isn’t quite ready, we don’t want to hold you back. We want you to get started on 30 Things now! So, if you’re interested in starting your own 30 Things list either post a comment on this page or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Either way, let us know what you want your user name to be (could be an alias) and an email address where we can reach you so that we can keep you updated on our progress in building a community.
- We want you to be supported by others who are doing 30 Things, so let us know who you are!
- If you’re nervous to take the plunge, get a buddy, or some cheerleaders. When taking on anything life changing, it’s always good to have support.
- DON’T make a list. Remember, this is about freeing you from life’s shackles, not making you feel as though you have more obligations.
- Say YES to things you would normally say no to! This is the basic mantra of 30 Things. Lock it in your head and you’ll be amazed at how many opportunities present themselves!
- Think about what scares you or makes you uncomfortable, things you’ve always wanted to do but have put off, or bad habits you want to break. Talk about them out loud with your buddy over coffee. Doing this helps you figure out what you would normally say no to.
- Be flexible. Don’t punish yourself if you don’t do something right away. And capitalize on opportunities that present themselves, even if they’re unexpected; that’s life’s way of challenging you.
- Talk proudly about what you’re accomplishing. We can’t tell you how many people will cheer you on, encourage you and want to see you succeed. Really. This piece alone makes 30 Things worth it.
- Track your success. Maybe it’s on the back of a napkin, maybe you start your own blog, maybe you post a comment to this page and share with others what you’ve been accomplishing. Maybe you keep it all to yourself. Regardless, keep notes about what you did and how you felt. When you’re done your journey, you’ll be mighty glad you did.
Here’s the thing…there really are none! When 30 Things was conceived, its most important purpose was to free Wee C from the many responsibilities and onuses she felt in life. But maybe that’s not what it’s all about for you. Maybe you just want to seize the day or maybe you’re supporting a friend in their journey. Regardless of your reasons here’s what we would encourage you to remember:
- 30 Things is more about where you’re starting from than where you’ll end up. Pay attention to what you want to address in your life today and we promise that tomorrow will take care of itself.
- This isn’t a Bucket List. A Bucket List prepares you for death. 30 Things is about living life TODAY.
- 30 Things isn’t meant to be comfortable 100% of the time. In fact, you should likely feel more uncomfortable than comfortable.
- It’s scalable. You can take on things as big or little as you want. Remember, this is about you, not anyone else.
- And above all, your 30 Things “list” isn’t about checking things off your list, it’s about adding things to your list. Re-orient the way you think about list making!
So there you have it! We can’t tell you how thrilled we are to have you here contemplating 30 Things! Spread the word, help us start a life-changing movement. And if you know a friend who could benefit from 30 Things do it with them. We can’t wait to hear about all that you’ve accomplished!