I've always found something refreshing about new beginnings: the start of a new year, a new house, heck, even a new month. New beginnings are like a mini do-over in life. You get a chance at a fresh start.
It's a time to reflect on what you would like to change about yourself or a particular situation. It's a chance to improve upon your own personal happiness.
This project is a type of reflection and renewal process for me. It's going to be my time to assess just what it is that puts a smile on my face and a bounce in my step. It's my time to reflect on what I need to work on to be an even happier person.
I think I've discovered I need to re-evaluate my life a little more than just once a year or when a major event occurs. I think a monthly evaluation might be a little more effective to keep things in check. It may sound a little over the top to do this once a month, but if you keep sweeping things under the rug until a better time comes along eventually you'll just end up with a big pile of crap in the middle of your floor. So, I think I'll try to keep my housekeeping a little more up to date from now on.
Upon re-evaluating I need to make goals for what I'd like to change. Because I personally tend to make things more difficult than they need to be most of the time, I need to aim to keep them concise, manageable and most importantly attainable within the time frame I'm shooting for.
Not only do I need goals, but I need someone to keep me accountable. To me, that's the scary part. If I fail and no one even ever knew about the goal in the first place, then at least I've only let my self down. I'd probably be able to make excuses and promise success the next time under better circumstances, but failing with everybody "watching" is just down right embarrassing. Therefore, accountability is key to success.
This 31 Day project is a true test for me. I usually forgo these types of things in complete fear of failure in front of a decent sized audience. Accountability can sometimes be scary, but it's effective.