Monday, January 08, 2007

This weekend I was reading a story about one of the founders of a large company. He challenged a charitable group he was going to donate to a pull-up contest and he agreed to make a large donation if any of the people in the group could beat him in a pull-up contest. He was over 40 and did 25 pull-ups the best any of the people he competed against did was 15.

I thought this was very clever on his part. He set up a physical challenge not only for them but also for himself. Charity combining with physical fitness like this is something that I found very unique and interesting.

I thought to myself could this challenge others to start doing similar things?

I am always grateful when I can find things like this to read about. It challenged me to get better at pull-ups. Mine has been about 15. Palms facing away is a pull-up.

A few things I have on my daily checklist:

Business activity number

Spiritual activity number

Diet activity number

I am constantly looking for ideas to improve in all of these areas of my life. I am not fat, poor or non-spiritual. I just find it fun improving. I feel like I am living a dream eveyday and I have greater dreams ahead and I am willing to pay the price of improvement to make them come true.

This blog is just a journal of things that I like am inspired by. Now I have to make sure that I can get up to doing that many. I have seen the “I will run miles for comments" on other blogs, maybe I can do pull-ups or pushups or a personal business activity?

21 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Daily checklists are always a good idea.

DT

11:07 AM  
Blogger algelic said...

I'm just getting acquainted with your blog... but it looks like you're looking for the secret of success or something. Interesting...

I love to see people with ambitions.

"I am constantly looking for ideas to improve in all of these areas of my life. I am not fat, poor or non-spiritual. I just find it fun improving. I feel like I am living a dream everyday and I have greater dreams ahead and I am willing to pay the price of improvement to make them come true." <--- I loved that. I feel the same way as you. I also have great ambitions and try to improve my skills as much as I can.

(You might not know that from looking at my blog... but that's because my blog is a place where I put my stupidest thoughts which keep filling my head unecessarily).

Thanks for visiting my blog!

12:33 PM  
Anonymous Sharon said...

It's always good to start with a list that is achievable. It becomes difficult to make everything a reality with having a big list...

Good luck in 2007 and thanks for dropping by!

1:30 PM  
Anonymous Sharon said...

It's always good to start with a list that is achievable. It becomes difficult to make everything a reality with having a big list...

Good luck in 2007 and thanks for dropping by!

1:30 PM  
Blogger Tom Bailey said...

I am always trying to close the gap between my potential and my current level of performance.

1:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tom, I liked your 12 days idea you gave awhile back. I have also liked all of the stories that you have posted. We hardly get to talk anymore. Are you busy blogging all the time now?

Ryan.

1:35 PM  
Anonymous Dixon Ticonderoga said...

Thanks for the comment, you blog is very inspiring. Good luck with that checklist

2:31 PM  
Anonymous starlet said...

Are you talking about new years resolutions still? Dude its like the 8th already!

3:14 PM  
Anonymous 123Valerie said...

I will commit one ridiculous comment for each pull up you do. And I've got a million of them, Tommy.

I bought some raisins the other day for a stuffing, and the recipe called for me to soak them in wine to rehydrate them. I was very confused. Why didn't they just aske me to get grapes?

That one is free, but the next one is going to cost you a pull up AND a jumping jack.

3:24 PM  
Blogger Tom Bailey said...

123... Ok, I will do two for that comment.


Star, I dont really do new years resolutions. I do daily tasks.
I intentionaly do not do resolutions. I do things every single day. I shape my behavior to keep improving daily. The resolution concept is not enough for me. I have done some things using them. I did a marathon as a vegetarian once to prove I could do it. I have gone 3 years without eatting ice cream to see if I could do it. I have gone 7 years without coffee just to see if I could do it. I have done quite a few but I need more and I enjoy doing more.

3:48 PM  
Blogger Sornie said...

Maybe next year I should challenge my boss to a sit-up bet where the winner gets the higher wage

4:25 PM  
Blogger Keshi said...

good to see things this way :)

Keshi.

5:37 PM  
Blogger niki yokota said...

this is really inspiring!
may i link u??
i came from office computer. thank u very much for ur encouraging word! good night :)

5:58 PM  
Blogger Tom Bailey said...

Brian, situps could be interesting I do not know how they would look doing tons of them.

niki, sure.

7:17 PM  
Blogger Annette said...

Creative idea! Ideas like that can spark a lot of other ideas - that's what's so great about reading other people's blogs. :)

7:46 PM  
Blogger A Life Inspired said...

Fun stuff here...

I love Brian's idea to challenge his boss to sit-ups with the winner taking the higher wage. Fun concept...as a former work-aholic, it would be a great reminder to take care of health first, then the job!

And 123's comment about cooking with grapes! I'll pass that one along to my friend who is a technical writer...she'll love that!

Tom, daily tasks are good. A self-improvement journey great! Life is short and too many people get stuck in the pit. I choose to be a better me too! One day at a time, sometimes one moment at a time!

7:47 PM  
Blogger Jewel Rays said...

:) Thanks for dropping by my blog. Glad you found it interesting.

I just find it fun improving. I feel like I am living a dream eveyday and I have greater dreams ahead and I am willing to pay the price of improvement to make them come true.

Looks like u found a deeper insight towards the journey in life. Great stuff..

Cheers!

8:08 PM  
Blogger Heart Of Darkness said...

How about finding me a better job then the one I've got? That would be
a) business improvement (for me and the company that would hire me and therefor give you benefits)
b) financial impovement (once again, for me, but you might get some kind of 'finders fee')
c) spiritual improvement (getting the satisfaction of improving someone else's life)

Or you could buy a part of the rain forest and not allow any trees to be cut down...


But my vote's for the first suggestion! ;)

10:37 PM  
Blogger Donna Sundblad said...

I do the same, Tom.

I set goals in areas including:

Personal
Physical
Spiritual

I run a goals oriented group for writers and remind them regularly that goals are moving targets that help us aim. We arrive on the other side more the person we want to be.

Donna

Donna

4:12 AM  
Blogger The Yacht Broker said...

I guess guy studied the group a bit, befor challenge :oD

4:45 AM  
Blogger Tom Bailey said...

annette - I do read some other people's blogs, I find the most positive people or at least entertaining and do get ideas as well.

an inspired life - I have a different view on workaholic stuff but I think health challenges are a unique way to challenge yourself. Moment by moment increase in improvement is even better when possible. Wait a minute with the right help anything is possible. Your blog is a very positive one.

Jewel - Yes, but I take ideas like that from a number of great people. The paying the price part is a spin off on a Walt Disney concept.

Donna - "we arrive on the other side more of the person we want to be"
That is great stuff. Your group idea is fantastic it creates accountability. When people form groups people change that is a scientificly sound principal.


Yacht Broker - I imagine he might have done some research on his group. 15 is pretty far above average. I would think at 20 you would beat almost any group. I do not think a person would do a challenge without some research done ahead of time.

6:31 AM  

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