Sunday, September 11, 2011

Day 3 - 21 Day Challenge. The Power of Two

You've probably heard a bunch ads (or motivational speakers) tell you - You can make a difference.  One person can change the world.  The power of one person can save a life.  And it's true.  If you're one of the millions of people that contribute to charity, donate blood or volunteer your time to some community service group you are making a difference to someones world. But what about the power of one in your own life?

For me the power of little old me doesn't really make much of a difference to the things I want to achieve on my own.  I procrastinate.  I lose motivation.  I simply stumble from one personal project or goal to another without giving it much thought.  That's where the power of two comes in.  If you pick up any fitness magazine or journal it will wax lyrical about the importance of a buddy to maintain motivation and reach your goals.  This got me thinking about why we don't use the power of two, or a buddy more to help us make the small changes we desire in our lives?  For example why don't I harness the power of two on my 21 day challenge.  (Hmmmm any volunteers?)


As I was reflecting on this today the thoughts went one step further.  Two is almost always better than one.  Two people can get a task done faster than one.  Two people can do more than just the minimum required.  And quite frankly two people usually have more fun doing anything, as they are keeping each other company.  And who doesn't relish the thought of 2 chocolates not just one!  (Ohhhh two cupcakes instead of one...mmmmmm).

Anyway, as I mentioned when I kicked off this challenge, there are a number of areas in my life that I'm striving for balance and motivation.  In one of those areas I've decided to use the 'two is better than one' principle and enlist the help of my friend (who also wants to work on the same thing).  We're going to be accountable to each other once a week and see if we are successful in making changes.  I'll let you know how it goes.

So what about you?  Have you got any tips and tricks for me on how to harness the power of two?

PS: The obligatory photo is of my dogs.  Sammy is definitely using the power of two to stay warm!