PUSU, Revisited

Admit it, you broke your new year’s resolutions weeks ago, right?

You started off with the best of intentions. 2009 was a hot mess and you wanted to be rid of it, like an old pair of funky shoes. You wanted to make changes; you wanted to be better; you wanted to shine. Then reality, as it often does, got in the way.

It’s not all your fault. Resolutions are tough. Oftentimes it’s because we try to do too much at once. It seems that we should be able to transform our lives as easy as changing clothes. Sometimes it’s because we make resolutions in a vacuum. We keep them to ourselves, like a secret we’re afraid to share. And this is done because if we believe that if we do share then people might remember, and remind us, and our perceived lack of resolve makes us ashamed. Better to fail in the quiet corner of your heart than in public, where it feels as if the entire world knows how much you suck and is enjoying a good laugh at your expense.

So what does that have to do with this blog? Well, I’m glad you asked…

Back in December I asked a simple question and people responded. It made me proud that so many people took it seriously enough to want to share how they were going to rock in 2010. It was a feel good moment and a good way to cap off a tough year.

But now it’s time to put up or shut up-for real.

So over the next several days I’m giving those that responded back a chance to speak. They’ll talk about what they’ve accomplished so far, what challenges they still face, and what help, if any, they may need from you to move further along the path they’ve decided to take.

I don’t believe in resolutions. I do believe that people can be better, especially when they make their commitments public and their community supports them. That’s what the ‘Put Up or Shut Up’ challenge is about-being better and helping others do the same.

Are you ready?

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