Motivation Monday: Newsworthy Challenge
Each Monday, we're rolling out a new challenge to change the way you think, act, do, or feel. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to be motivated to try something different for a week. And if you love it, keep it going!
Being informed is a beautiful thing - so this week we're challenging you to pick a topic and get interested by following it in the news. To get started, choose either a topic or a country of interest. Topics may include things like the upcoming Federal Election in Canada, a particular project or issue that impacts your community, a foreign issue that you've heard lots about but maybe don't fully get, or a news story that caught your attention.
If you're not sure what exact topic you want to pursue, your other option is to grab a globe (or open up a world view of Google Maps), close your eyes and pop your finger onto a part of the world. Whatever country is closest is the one you'll learn about this week.
From there, you can start by doing some Google searches to learn about the latest and greatest developments on your topic or country. You can also consider setting up some Google Alerts, so you receive a notification every time someone posts something new. Make an effort to spend a solid 2-3 hours this week researching and receiving updates.
For most issues, that's all it'll take to be brought up to speed and fully understand what's happening in the world. To test out your newfound knowledge, try chatting about your topic of interest with a friend or family member, or write a blog post or social media post that either updates your peers on the topic, or explains your position on it.
This is a great challenge to keep in mind for the long-term. Come New Year's, consider picking an overarching topic or country to keep tabs on for the year (or for a quarter - feel free to change it up!) Knowledge is power - it's up to you to grab it!