Shame on me – 35 days and no acts of kindness

I am not making much progress on my 50-4-50 project. Mathematically I should be doing one act of kindness per week essentially to get them all done in a year. And I haven’t done anything in 35 days!!!

A few things I’ve noticed:

  • I’ve done little things that I don’t think are enough to “count” towards my tally – answering acquaintances' questions about coach training and the profession and accreditation, giving directions to someone when the six people between us wouldn’t answer him, giving up my seat on the tube…

  • It feels much more daunting to do an act of kindness than my fun activities last year. For a fun activity there are no shortage of easy-to-find things on-line that you just click on, enrol and then show up. For acts of kindness they are not easy to find on-line (unless you just want to sponsor every justgiving charitable event that comes across facebook). I can’t just participate, I have to create them.

  • Because of the nature of people helping people sometimes it’s hard to do short term acts – “you need to take the training programme”, “you need a police check”, “you have to complete the form and do the health&safety training”, “who we help want confidentiality so unless you are part of the on-going problem you can’t participate”

  • I’m way outside my comfort zone with some of the things on my list – I don’t want a homeless person to think I’m judging them when I offer to buy them food, what strangers will think when I acknowledge a good quality in them…..

So with this article I am re-committing to my project. I am fortunate to have the life I have, to have flexibility with my time and skills of use to others so I am going to get out of my own way and get on with it – one at a time.

Where do you need to get out of your own way to accomplish what you want to accomplish?