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09/12/2014 02:26 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

30-Day Challenge to Change the World -- Beginning Right Now

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It's easy to see what we don't like in the world -- whether it be in government, politics and religion, or in our personal world -- at our kids school, our workplace or in our relationship(s). And it's easy to think that if this guy or that gal would just do ____ (insert your genius idea here), then all would be well in the world -- or at least your part of the world.

But what if the onus was on you?
What if you could, right here, right now change not only your world but the collective world for the better?

Sound a little too Pollyanna for you?
Well, before you completely negate this as a possibility, I have a challenge for you.

From today and for the next 30 days, practice one or more of the following (see below) - every single day. Keep a journal; each day briefly jotting down what activities you engaged in, including any new activities that you were inspired to. At the end of the 30 days, reevaluate with a longer journal entry: What is happening in your life that wasn't happening 30 days ago? What have you learned about yourself and about other people since beginning this practice? What has changed within you and outside of you?

Gandhi didn't tell us to be the change we wish to see in the world for nothing. And even though changing the world can feel a little too big for even the strongest, biggest human; daily, consistent and some might even say "small" practices are the key to changing anything, including the world.

I promise you, if you commit to and honor this 30-day challenge, your entire world will change, as will what surrounds you. Imagine what would happen if everyone took on this Change the World challenge?

Below are ways that you can support shifting the world, right here, right now today, and everyday:

• Smile at everyone who passes you on the sidewalk, in the hall, in your home, in your office.
• Leave notes of encouragement everywhere you go. "I love you!" "You make the world better just by being here." "You're beautiful."
• Give an additional $5 or more to the barista to pay for the next patron's beverage. You can do this anywhere you spend money.
• Always slow and stop your car, so pedestrians can cross the street.
• Say "please" and "thank you" every chance you get to every human being you interact with.
• Only make purchases at stores and from people you feel inspired by and whom you believe in.
• Search the Internet for positive, uplifting stories - share them on your social media.
• Bake cookies and hand them out at the office or even on the street.
• Bypass the handshake, go right in for the hug. I often shake my head and say, "Sorry, I'm a hugger." The responses I receive are awesome. So, go do it, hug it out. Imagine if in every corporate and government setting this was happening. Trans.Form.Ative.
• Smile and wave at construction workers on the side of the road.
• Make eye contact with the person at the checkout counter or your mail man/woman. Lean in and ask how their day is going. Listen when they speak.
• Listen when anyone around you is speaking. The gift of attention and focus is relationship shifting.
• Only post positive messages on your social media. Make your profile a haven for upliftment and encouragement.
• Speak only positive words about your life and the world. The world hears you talking and so does your life. When you get hit with the complaining bug, go for a walk or run outside, go dance or do some other form of physical activity.
• Blow kisses to the people you love.

And that's just a starter list! There are countless more ways to change the world, but the above is a great starting point. Be sure to post in the comments below what you notice from your involvement in this 30-day challenge, and also post other world changing actions you take on a daily basis to spread the inspiration.

We all have the capacity to make the world a more loving, abundant place. And it needn't be heavy or hard, it can be simple and yet profoundly transformative. Try it out and see for yourself!


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