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I wanted to make sure you were aware of a very handy tool in the fundraising toolbox, compliments of the BikeMS crew. It’s a Facebook app/widget that you can add to your personal profile that shows folks your fundraising goal and progress toward that goal. It also has a convenient “Support Me” button that links directly to your fundraising page. If you have not already set up a fundraising page for your efforts, read my last post as to why then go to the My Participant Center on the National MS Society page to get started.

The tool is perfect for Facebook b/c it does not just sit back and wait for others to notice it. No sir-ee bob! It will do some heavy lifting for you. With any new donation or change in your overall fundraising goal, it provides a nice reminder to your Facebook friends that updates your progress via the Newsfeed. Very well done and help you consistently and gently remind your friends and family that your busting your hump for a great cause!



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It’s go time and I’ve been so focused on kicking off “Operation Fundraising” that I’ve inadvertantly ignored my Top Fundraiser duties. My apologies. Let me catch you up and vow to keep all (six) of you informed.

1. I officially kicked off my fundraising efforts about 2 weeks ago when I updated my Facebook Group page and announced that I was once again participating in the Sam’s Club BikeMS and open for business. I posted an update to the group wall which shows up in the Feed of all the members AND sent a private message to the members that goes to their Facebook inbox.

I then turned my attention to the awesome tools provided by the MS Society via the “Participant Center.” This is an awesome fundraising suite packed with all kinds of goodies to help you break through your fundraising goals. I made sure to update the information on My Participant Center as well as my personal direct link (www.nationalmssociety.org/goto/matt.noe). This link is so handy b/c it allows you to share via emails and social media updates and is easy to remember.  I then imported my various address books to the email tool and sent out a mass email describing why I ride, what I’m asking, and how to donate. You can find the copy of my email on the Facebook Group wall post. Now I’m planning to gently remind folks via all my channels (Facebook, Twitter, email, blog, posters at office, etc) every couple of weeks. We all need to be reminded to do most things, especially if it’s something you want to do but not right this second.

2. I also got my first “long” ride in this past weekend. If you weren’t inspired by the absolute wonderful weather we had last weekend then there’s something wrong with you.

red wolf being released into the wildI felt like a caged animal being released into the wild and took advantage of kiddo nap time on Sunday to get in a nice 2-hour ride around Texas Motor Speedway. You can find me there most Sunday’s around 2pm so let me know if  you’re going to be there and I’ll make sure to be on the lookout. It can be boring so I welcome the company and conversation.

That’s all for now. I hope your riding and fundraising efforts are going well and please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions about the tools listed above or ideas you may have.

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Prepare yourself for one of the most original posts you’ll read all week. That’s right, it’s new years resolutions time! Seriously, I wanted to share my personal resolutions with the hope that you’ll join me in reaching some of these goals. I hope you’ll pick up on the theme of “improvement.”

1. Spend time taking care of my “stuff.” This means taking the cars in for scheduled maintenance, investing in the DIY home improvement projects we’ve been talking about for months, and even the little things like cleaning and storing the grill rather than leaving it out all winter.

TimTaylorTooltime.jpg Tim Taylor image by TimTaylor1

2. Break a sweat at least 5 times per week. You may see this as working out, running, cycling but I include wrestling with the kids at night, playing soccer or racing my boys in the back yard, or taking the stairs on the busy days. I re-read a great book over the holidays called Fitness is Religion: Keep the Faith that reminded me that fitness is a life long endeavor, not some new years resolution tied to a body fat %, per mile split, or miles ridden. It’s a great read that helps me keep a long term perspective on focusing on my health which in turn improves my overall wellbeing.

3. Laugh and smile more. This isn’t about subscribing to a ‘joke of the day’ email, but rather avoiding and removing the stress factors associated with the root of what makes me smile less. Items on this list include reducing my bad debt with more “cheetah” like tenacity, striving to find that ideal work-life balance, and stop sweating the small stuff in order to enjoy life’s little moments.

4. Boost my brain power. I’ve subscribed to the theory that I enjoy the IDEA of reading and have struggled with actually doing it. I’ve found a great solution for overcoming this reality. No, it’s not books on tape. It’s finding the reason and motivation to read. This year I’m going to embark on getting my PMBA, or Personal MBA. I’ve wanted to get my MBA for some time but have yet to figure out how to come to terms with the associated student loan debt and time requirements. Then I evaluated the reason why I wanted to pursue furthering my education and realized it was to better my professional and personal knowledge base in order to raise the ceiling in my career. That’s when I stumbled on the PMBA system and decided it was exactly what I needed. I won’t go into great detail here but in the end I’m committing to making my way through at least 50% of the recommended PMBA materials and experience. This ties directly to boosting my brain power, specifically reading, because it’s based on reading some of the classic and emerging thought leaders works.

4. Last but not least, I plan to do everything in my power to raise at least $5,000 for MS research. Of course, my main event will be the Bike MS event in May. This will prove to be a large challenge since a significant source of my fundraising will not be in place, but that’s no excuse. I’m shooting for at couple of events… the 2nd annual casino party with my dear friends as well as a potential for another event. The leading idea currently is a kids triathlon with a slight twist. If you have experience in managing large events like a triathlon or road race, please contact me because I could use your expertise and advice.

I hope that this has inspired at least a small bit of introspection on your part as to what you want to accomplish in 2010. I would like to thank the awesome bloggers, some of which are good friends, that laid the groundwork and inspired the content and ideas within this post. Feel free to take a look at their fine work and systems in order to fire up your resolution ideation:

1. Pixel Maverick’s 2010 goals (aka: Eric “one of the best in the business” Williamson

2. Josh Kaufman’s year and decade in review (aka: the mastermind behind the PMBA)

3. The GROW model for setting effective goals

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