From Dr. Judith Rich at the HuffingtonPost.com:
Today marks President Obama‘s 100th day in office. By the time you read this, you will already have been showered with the press’ full-tilt boogie coverage of this occasion. And, why not?
President Obama has taken on his presidency with a fervor, reaching out to the international community to begin repairing America’s image abroad and tackling the difficult domestic issues left behind by his predecessor.
Obama gets consistently high marks for his first 100 days from all sectors of the country (except, of course, from the Republicans and Fox News) and Arlen Specter announced his decision to switch parties yesterday, bringing the Dems closer to the magical number of 60 in the Senate (that is, if Al Franken is ever allowed to take his seat). See Obama’s report card posts here and here.
What does all this have to do with you and me? Well, aside from the fact that it feels good to have our country back in competent hands and to see the wheels of government slowly beginning to work again, the 100-day focus is a great idea for the rest of us to incorporate into our own lives.
Why not set 100 day benchmarks for your self, take stock of where you are at the end of that time and give yourself a reward? The very fact that you made it through another 100 days of living is reason enough to pop the bubbly. Frankly, at my age, every day is cause for celebration. But that’s another post.
Seriously, 100 days of concentrated focus on an area of your life you want to improve is a powerful and effective way to bring about lasting change. Research on learning suggests that it takes approximately 100 days of consistent practice to anchor newly learned behaviors.
Imagine giving yourself 100 days to accomplish an important goal in your life. Perhaps your goal is something that can’t be achieved in 100 days, but you can begin it and take the first big chunk out of it. As we learned in the Impossible Dream series:
The journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step. Lao Tzu