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Wow. I really have to make some small adjustments in my day to make this work. Week 1 has gone well but I haven’t gotten in a lesson everyday.. It’s going to be crunchtime by the end of the month.. 5 lessons down.

Since this is the first month of the blog and the open challenges I want to lay down the ground rules for the challenges I have to complete.

In “the genesis” post I never really got a chance to talk about the rules for the challenges, what the intended purpose of them is, and how I hope they are interpreted by you guys, the readers!

Ground rules. As simple as possible.

1) The challenge must be posted by the end of the day on the 12th day of the month.

2) The challenge must be completed by midnight on the final day of the month.

3) The challenge can be physical, mental, or anything in between.

4) The challenge must be a task that I have never COMPLETED before. It can be something I’ve attempted before.

5) The challenge can be completed in one day. The intent of the site is not to post challenges that take an entire month to complete. Although, there will challenges that take much longer.

That’s it.   The challenges will most likely be physical in nature of a while although I love to learn and there will be PLENTY of mental challenges.

I intend for the purpose of this blog to really just challenge myself and anyone else who wants to do new and challenging things in their life.   If I wanted to sit on my butt, I wouldn’t be doing this. I am just looking for an extra impetus to get me moving faster.

As for interpretation by you, the reader…. I hope you find it in yourself to follow along and either challenge yourself each month, complete my challenge with me, or suggest challenges to me.  Regardless it should all be fun!

Finally, for December’s challenge. Since this is the first month, I won’t make it too hard.  The challenge is to take 1 computerized foreign language lesson for every day of the month. So 31 lessons.  This is tough for me. I have been trying to stick to a lesson schedule for like 2 years now.  I will try again!

I will be using the Rosetta Stone for my computerized program and I will be learning Spanish.

I had planned to put some intense physical running challenge up but I believe I am developing plantar fasciitis at the moment and I don’t want to push my luck.

Good luck everyone!

Justin

The Genesis

With out a doubt, this blog has been due for awhile.  It was official the other day when I felt like I had a major epiphany.  I came up with what I thought the blog should be about….. something that has been bothering me for awhile. Ultimately I just have to shout it out!  The idea behind this blog is what I have been experiencing for the last few years: A challenge.

In many ways, we are all challenged but the point of this blog is to challenge you and me to push ourselves.  Push yourself to what? Push yourself for what?   The second question should be easier to answer than the first.  In a way, what I want to propose should not be a challenge.  Simply put I want to challenge myself and you to experience life.  To go after that project that you have been thinking about or plan that major vacation or other endeavor that I know you have been thinking about for years.

I put it upon you. Will this day be another wasted bout with the bottle or the TV or will you sit down and, in the words of Seth Godin, “do the work when you don’t want to?”

My plan is to present a challenge to myself and others in this blog and chart how I will get there. The format and time line of each of these challenges will vary at this point.  In the end I plan to talk about my progress and how I am persevering.

Here’s to new challenges and bigger and better things than the status quo.  Dream BIG!