Have you seen the many 30 day challenges out there? There are certainly a lot – it seem like every company and their brother has a 30 day challenge. Most challenges focus on the single individual, while the end result usually only affects that person. For example, like weight loss challenges.
Yes, you can invite people to do the challenge with you, but how would you like to participate in a different sort of challenge? A challenge that helps not only you, but in which your efforts affect other lives?
The SendOutCards 30 Day Gratitude Challenge is designed in such a way that it in fact will affect other lives, and it’s a great example of cause and effect. How? Let me start by explaining how it works.
I personally am in the middle of doing this Challenge. It’s simple–I mail one card a day with a heartfelt sentiment included. This card might go out to a loved one, a friend, a customer, a prospect, a business association, or to whomever I have a prompting to touch base with. Each day I chose a different person.
I recommend choosing your person that day by simply following your prompting.
1. is a thought or feeling that guides you
2. an intuition
Promptings usually manifest themselves as an intuition to reach out in kindness to others.
The prompting could be someone you have been thinking about a lot but haven’t seen in a long time. Maybe it’s someone you heard is going through a hard time. It could be someone that helped you unexpectedly. Whoever it is, there should be a positive heartfelt message.
But why participate in this challenge? Here are three reasons I’m part of the SendOutCards 30 Day Gratitude Challenge
1. Appreciation is an effective touchpoint.
Everyone loves to be appreciated. This tangible form of showing appreciation is one of the most effective ways to grow a relationship. Sending out a thank you card or card to simply say “I appreciate you” touches lives. This touchpoint goes a long way towards strengthening the ties between you and the recipient of your heartfelt sentiment.
I think everyone has heard the saying, “What you put out is what you get back” or “You reap what you sow”. There is a lot of negativity in the world, and here is a smart way to put positive vibes, feelings, thoughts into those lives you connect with. I simply never tire of having a positive influence in my life. Here is a perfect way to be a positive influence in those live you touch.
3. Life Change
I know you will find that, at the end of your 30 days of participation, there will be lives changed, and you will be that person who changed them. Time and time again, I get calls from people, whom I have sent a gratitude card, telling me that the card came at the perfect time.
“Gina, you simply don’t know how much I needed to hear that,” they say. And this is the main reason I keep doing this 30 Day Gratitude Challenge. Because in the end, it will have changed my life.
Back to the cause and effect
The cause is simply sending out a tangible symbol of your appreciation, a card with a heartfelt message, to one person. The effect is that your relationship, whether business or personal, is strengthened. The best part is that you did the challenge. The recipient didn’t have to do a thing, yet you affected their life for the better. At the end of the 30 days, 31 one lives have been changed–30 recipients, and perhaps most strongly, you!
So my challenge to you this week is obvious: take the 30 Day Gratitude challenge! I will be your guide, so contact me.
You do not have to have a SendOutCards account to do this challenge. But to get you started on your SendOutCards 30 Day Challenge I am giving your first two cards for free! Find them here.
Equipment you need:
Calendar to record (Check out my favorite printable calendars on Pinterest.)
30 greeting cards
Day 1 – Choose a person that you would like to send a card of appreciation. Choose a card, include your heartfelt message. Address envelope and drop at post office OR use SendOutCards.
SendOutcards does this part for you by printing your card with your heartfelt message and your handwritten signature. SendOutCards stuffs this personalized card in a greeting card envelope, addresses the envelope for you, and then slaps on a 1st class stamp. Your personalized card is delivered to the United States Post Office within 24 hours of you pressing the ‘Send’ button.
Send another card each day for the next 30 days.
Your final challenge is to post your experiences with the 30 day challenge in the comments below.
Until next time.
Take Time to Live a Life that Inspires You.