My mother always taught me the importance of writing thank you notes. Though, admittedly, she had success with this because she told me that if I failed to write a thank you note for a gift, I would risk never getting one again. But her strategy worked, so I guess that’s the important thing.
I am writing to you today to tell you how thankful I am for each and every one of you who has joined me this month. I never would have thought No Excuses November would become what it has over the last 22 days, and I continue to be blown away by it on a daily basis.
Many of you know that the inspiration of No Excuses November came from a slightly overblown anti-procrastination strategy. I was having trouble motivating myself to work on my screenplay on my own, so I thought that by making the stakes higher (by telling people), I would be more motivated.
But this project stopped being about me almost the moment it started. The moment you decided you wanted to be a part of No Excuses November. And despite its rather selfish beginnings, I can honestly say that I am more inspired by you than you could ever be inspired by me.
Though many of you have encouraged me directly, the greatest encouragement I’ve experienced is from watching you encourage each other. Some of you know each other, but many of you don’t. Yet, everyday you cheer each other on because that’s the tone you set for the group. And I am thankful for that.
This project isn’t mine, it’s yours. You have inspired me in ways that I can’t even find words for. Which for me, as you know, is a pretty big deal.
I am thankful for you. ALL of you.