I’ve had plenty of makeovers over the years…
Several different makeup looks, different hairstyles, new wardrobes…
These makeovers are typically passive. By that I mean you just show up and let the experts work their magic on you.
But the 13-Week “Total Personality Makeover,” is COMPLETELY DIFFERENT! This makeover requires awareness and action…it’s anything but passive.
Our makeover is modeled after a concept in Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography about heightening your virtues by becoming aware of these virtues, both within ourselves and the world around us.
You can read how Benjamin Franklin conducted his “makeover” – in his own words – here, or just read on for our “new and improved” version:
Make a spreadsheet with the days of the week across the top as column headings and each row heading will be a characteristic or trait to focus on for the week.
Now, pick a characteristic or trait to focus on for the week. For this week, everyone in our group was focused on “kindness.”
Are You Ready? … Get Set … GO!
Put your antennae up and recognize every time you exhibit that trait or observe it out in the world. The thought is that the more you see and do an act of kindness, the more you will receive, and kindness becomes a more natural part of who you are.
Do at least 2 random acts of kindness a day…without getting caught! (It’s not as easy as it sounds!)
I made a game out of it to increase my numbers every day (I’m pretty competitive).
If you go through this process with enthusiasm and treat it as an experience rather than an experiment you will notice some wonderful things happening both within – and around – you.
I had three main takeaways this week:
- The more acts of kindness I performed, the easier – and more exciting! – it was to perform more.
- The feeling behind the kindness lasts far longer than the act itself.
- An act of kindness rarely exists in a vacuum. It may set off a “chain reaction of kindness” with the recipient “paying it forward” to another. Or it may inspire someone – especially children – nearby to do the same.
What’s one example of an act of kindness you performed or observed this week, and how did it make you feel?