New Year's Challenge: Wrap Up

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Over the past week, we have published 7 principles with the potential to make us better stewards of our personal gifts:

  1. Reach higher
  2. One by one turn “impossibles” into “possibles”
  3. Communicate clearly
  4. Create a Personal Culture
  5. Mentor those who depend on you
  6. Become a more aware citizen
  7. Live an “action based life”

The challenge today has two parts. The first one is to wrap these behaviors as a present to yourself and adopt them as a part of who you are starting now. In fact, we were inspired to write this series when we started hearing conversations a few weeks ago about resolutions for the new 2014 year and it became apparent that most of us wish for better, but we have a hard time conceptualizing how we may achieve it. In our experience the “how” comes as a result of an emotional investment and understanding the thoughts of our minds, the intentions of our hearts, and how the actions of our hands have the power to create beauty, understanding, caring, action, and love. The simple application of these 7 behaviors to your work, your family, your social groups, or your church, will guarantee you are spending at least part of your energy in changing the space around you instead of accepting it as it is.

The second part of today's challenge is: We would like for YOU to share your gifts with us. Write down a behavior that you find worth sharing here and leave it as a comment so we may benefit from the wisdom that makes you uniquely special.

Happy New Year!

New Year's Challenge, Day 7

New Year's Challenge, Day 7

Picture this: From the corner of your eye you detect a glass is starting to tumble and will fall from a table onto the floor. Now freeze this image in your mind. Sometime around 2001 Toshiba invented a tiny little miracle of technology that could store a lot of information in very small amount of physical space. It could both write and retrieve information very quickly, but who really cares?

New Year's Challenge, Day 6

Do you know what is going on? Fact: It is illegal to wear a fake mustache that causes laughter in church anywhere in Alabama. No one may catch fish with his bare hands in Kansas. By law all bathtubs in Minnesota must have feet. Do you happen to know it is against the law to sing off key in North Carolina? We all know how cold it gets in North Dakota but don’t even think about sleeping with your shoes on. That, my friend, is against the law!

New Year's Challenge, Day 5

Today's challenge is front and center: We challenge you to mentor those who depend on you, and to teach them how to build authority by creating their own circles of influence. The most successful people that we know have spent years building such circles, and here is our recipe for teaching others how to do it: Freedom, support, and space to fail.

New Year's Challenge, Day 4

Here is a game I like to play with others that exemplify the power of instinctual response. Try this (you can even try it yourself right now...): Ask somebody to answer a very simple question as quickly as they can. Tell them is it not a trick question and that it involves something they see every day. Then ask, “What’s the color of a traffic yield sign?”

New Year's Challenge, Day 3

We have no problem understanding that we must communicate differently with a native from, let’s say, Japan, or India, or Brazil, where the language and culture is different from our own. We can pinpoint what we should do and what we should say to make interactions with a foreigner successful. However, when communicating with those with whom we share a language and culture, our approach is often unguarded, and we trust our instincts and past learned behavior to drive the nuances of our communication patterns.

New Year's Challenge, Day 2

New Year's Challenge, Day 2

The word “possible” comes from the Latin word posse, which means power. When you place something in your list of “impossibles” you are affirming there is one more thing you do not have the power to change. However, lack of power to enact change is often the single strongest driving force of those who we consider heroes. 

New Year's Challenge

New Year's Challenge

With the start of each new year comes the desire to adopt new practices and resolutions in your life. FundFive has decided that rather than attempt to make resolutions or ask each of you what you would like to change, we're proposing the following challenges: Over the next week, we will publish one challenge per day.