28-Day Challenge: Good Deeds

by DJ Waldow on August 3, 2011 · 159 comments

One Good DeedThere are not many things more powerful and personally satisfying that doing a good deed.

Starting on Monday, August 8, 2011, I’m inviting you to join me in my next 28-Day Challenge. If you are new to these challenges, take a few minutes to read the recap from the last one (eliminating harmful food additives) as well as the first (100 push-ups, 250 crunches). The idea behind these 28-Day Challenges is simple.

  1. Choose a task or action that benefits your health, helps other people, and/or betters the world we live in (socially or environmentally).
  2. Invite others to join the challenge.
  3. Actively participate in the challenge for 28 straight days.
  4. Track progress via a Google spreadsheet & encourage others via a Google document.

Simple, right?

28-Day Challenge: Good Deeds

So again, starting Monday, August 8, 2011 the “Good Deeds” 28-Day Challenge will commence. The challenge – should you choose to accept – is to do at least one good deed per day. This good deed can be for someone you know – friend, family, significant other, co-worker, colleague – or a complete stranger. It can be as “easy” as holding the door or as “difficult” as paying for a cup of coffee for the person in line behind you.

I don’t want to give too many other examples because, as part of this challenge, I’m hoping that we collectively come up with a variety of good deeds. Think about it: If 50 people participate in this challenge & we each do a different good deed for 28 straight days, we’ll compile a database of 1,400 good deeds. Cool, huh?

The next steps are as follows:

  1. Add a comment below indicating that you are “all in.”
  2. Email me – djwaldow@gmail.com – so I can invite you to the Google Docs. We’ll use the Google Docs to communicate during the challenge as well as track our progress. Sorry, Amy! I know you don’t love G-docs. Can’t quite afford another solution – yet.
  3. Share. Share. Share. Spread the word via email, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, IM, text, phone, face to face, fax. At the top and bottom of this post, I’ve included a few ways to share this post on social media sites. Note: Even if you choose to not participate, you can still share!
  4. Start thinking about good deeds that you can do.

Ready?

Let’s do this.

Image: Flickr – quasifly

DJ Waldow
@djwaldow

136 comments
MiltBerle
MiltBerle

This is a great challenge - all in!

court_larrivey
court_larrivey

I'm curious.. Does this actually count as "good deeds" if you're doing it for a contest, trying to be better than everyone else? Wouldn't that be a selfish reasoning behind those deeds?

Sharon
Sharon

I am loving reading what people are doing.  It is very inspiring.... from small good deeds (opening a door for an elderly person-- just wondering if I qualify as elderly???? :) to becoming a bone marrow donor.  Oh, and the ten dimes idea is super cool.  May try that one.  Great challenge.

joe
joe

all in

Colin
Colin

Im all in. Love this idea

Ncdobkin
Ncdobkin

Blue team leader, checking in. Send me the link please! I'm already on day 2 in India and need to document :-) Off to a temple at 5am...there has to be a good deed in this adventure somewhere!

Singleton3
Singleton3

My brothers and I are "all in"   - David, Max and Jack Singleton (we are students of Sensei Price and Sensei Roberts)

DJ Waldow
DJ Waldow

Never too late (for you), Maile! You just put us over 90. Awesome. G-doc invites sent.

DJ Waldow
DJ Waldow

YES! Thanks to Heidi, Tracy, Tommy & Lisa, Theo, Sam, Ben, Nicolas, Tami, Scott & Lisa ...we are now up to 89 participants. REALLY pushing for 100 by the end of the day. Help by sharing!

Indiemark
Indiemark

Nothing like waiting until the last minute, count me in!

Katy B.
Katy B.

Hey DJ, It's Tim Brechlin's wife, Katy, I'm all in too!

Ron Blum
Ron Blum

I'm all in! Sounds Luke a great idea.

--Ron

Melanie
Melanie

I'm in! Wonderful idea. Hope that I am up to the challenge.

djwaldow
djwaldow moderator

 @court_larrivey Hmmm. Never thought of it that way. It's not really a "contest" per se, but more of a way to get a bunch of people thinking about doing good deeds. The goal is to create habits so that once the "challenge" is over, people continue to do good deeds. Make sense?

DJ Waldow
DJ Waldow

You are in! Adding you now. Kelly ... last name?

DJ Waldow
DJ Waldow

Very inspiring (& diverse), huh mom?

DJ Waldow
DJ Waldow

Sorry, Joe. Pretty sure I sent it to your gmail address. Should be all good now. Just fired off 2 g-doc invites!

DJ Waldow
DJ Waldow

Awesome. Just got your email(s). Will reply shortly!

DJ Waldow
DJ Waldow

Inviting her to the G-Docs(s) now!

DJ Waldow
DJ Waldow

Inviting her to the G-Docs(s) now!

DJ Waldow
DJ Waldow

You're in. Please let me know if you do *not* get the 2 google doc invites from me.

DJ Waldow
DJ Waldow

You're in. Please let me know if you do *not* get the 2 google doc invites from me.

DJ Waldow
DJ Waldow

You're in. Please let me know if you do *not* get the 2 google doc invites from me.

DJ Waldow
DJ Waldow

Hi Tim Brechlin's wife. Email(s) sent!

DJ Waldow
DJ Waldow

You're in. Check your email (x2).

DJ Waldow
DJ Waldow

Great Alexander 7. I have your email address but what is your last name?

DJ Waldow
DJ Waldow

You're in. I'm sure you're up for it!

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