I had an idea.
What if I could improve my relationships with several people in my life over the course of a set period of time, by being intentional about my interactions with them?
Would it make their life better? Would it improve mine? Would I be able to actually make a difference? What would I learn from it? How would it effect my life going forward?
Thus began The 100 Project.
100 people. 100 days.
Starting July 1st, 2017 I will be engaging in an intentional and purposeful effort to see if I can do more with the relationships I have in my life.
Here are my rules…
- I will make at least 5 intentional contact with each person on my list of people over the course of the 100 days. Theses contacts may be by phone, text, email, or in person.
- I will provide at least 1 action of service for each person on my list of people over the course of the 100 days. Large or small, I will find a way to actually help them in some way.
- I will keep a journal of experiences to help me recognize where the relationships with my list of people have shown improvement because of this project.
Note: I purposely chose to work on people who are not my closest friends and families. For me, this project is is all about improving relationships that I want to be even better, and expanding my sphere of influence. (You can choose whoever you want if you do your own 100 project, I am simply choosing to focus a little further out from my center if influence)
In addition to doing the 100 project, I intend to write at least once per week on this blog to share my progress, and to help hold myself accountable. If it goes as well as I expect, I want to have a record of my efforts and the ability to share with others so they might be inspired to try their own 100 project. If not… well, I guess I have to figure out a better way of doing it.
Why am I doing this?
Why? Because I believe we can all do better at connecting with people. Everyone you know has a life as complex and incredible as your own. Taking time to think about others not only allows you to help them, but it allows you to gain clarity and perspective in why you do what you do. Perhaps you’ll learn things about yourself that you didn’t even realize. You just might find you’ve had an amazing person in your life all along that you’ve been overlooking or taking for granted.
Whatever the outcome, I believe it will make me a better person, and that is always something I am striving for.
So… if you know me personally and you happen to hear from me over the next few months, it’s possible you’re on my list. It’s also possible I’ve just gained enough perspective to reach out to those who I may have previously not given enough time and attention to.
If you don’t hear from me, don’t worry, I plan to do this again. You’re probably going to get your turn soon.
Stay tuned to this blog as I share highlights from the project over the next 100 days.