Amanda Messer, Co-Founder of because I said I would
Amanda Messer is the Co-Founder of because I said I would, the international social movement and nonprofit dedicated to the betterment of humanity through promises made and kept. At a young age Amanda learned the effect that promises broken have on relationships. Her father struggled with addiction and was not good with keeping his commitments to his little girl. Amanda was drawn to helping start because I said I would knowing that there are other people whose lives are deeply affected by broken promises. Since September 4th, 2012, because I said I would has: distributed over 10.3 million Promise Cards to over 153 countries, started local chapters of volunteer teams, developed free resources that have been downloaded over 1,000 times, delivered live character development programming to over 150,000 students and created awareness campaigns that have been seen by millions. Because I said I would’s work has been featured on CNN, ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, the Steve Harvey Show and many other programs. Amanda shares the story of because I said I would and the importance of a promise with audiences around the world. To invite Amanda to speak, please visit: http://becauseisaidiwould.com/speakingengagements
The 6 Year Anniversary of because I said I would.
Where did the name because I said I would come from? In celebration of our 6th anniversary , our Founder Alex Sheen tells the emotional and raw story behind the name that helped start a movement. We encourage you to make four promises in honor of someone you know or love. Share pictures of them on our Facebook page or tag us on Twitter (@bcisaidiwould) or Instagram (@becauseisaidiwould) along with #becauseisaidiwould. If you don't have promise cards, don't worry, visit http://becauseisaidiwould.com/request We have been giving Promise Cards away for free since Alex's father's funeral and haven't stopped since. Thank you to all of our supporters who take their promises to better humanity seriously.
Watch and share this video about the power of your own name and the (positive / negative) impact of how we talk to ourselves. The video also offers four concrete strategies on how to improve self-talk. Because I said I would is a social movement and nonprofit dedicated to the betterment of humanity through promises made and kept. We are changing lives through Promise Cards, chapters of volunteers, character education in schools, and awareness campaigns with global reach. https://becauseisaidiwould.com/ Follow us! Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/BecauseISaidIWould/ Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/becauseisaidiwould/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/bcisaidiwould
First Things First
There are 24 hours in one day, yet it seems there is never enough time to do what we want to do. In order to accomplish our goals,prioritization is key. From the long list of items we need to do vs. the ones that we want to do, we must choose how we spend our time. Unfortunately, we often find ourselves spending time on things that are not that important. Watch this video to learn prioritization strategies that will help you become more effective in reaching your goals. These strategies will allow you to better prioritize your time and tasks, making the hours in your day dedicated to getting you where you want to be.
Watch this video discussing limiting beliefs in the framework of the theory of planned behavior. The theory of planned behavior is a model that helps predict behavior change and is rooted in our beliefs. This is why limiting beliefs are so important to understand, acknowledge and replace.
Did you know that people with gambling addictions can voluntarily add their names to a "lifetime ban" list at a casino? Precommitment is a tactic that helps keep promises by doing something right now that limits one's options in the future. You may even being using precommitment strategies in your life without even realizing it! Watch this video to learn 5 strategies for precommitment and how to apply it to your life and help you keep your promises.
Who Lives and Who Dies: Contemplating the unfortunate decision in humanitarianism
When a pandemic strikes, people are rapidly dying, and there are too few resources to save everyone; how do you choose who should live and who should die? Perhaps you save the youngest or the sickest. Maybe you just put all the names in a hat and pick at random. Above all, who should make these decisions? Contemplate which principles are most important in guiding decisions about how to allocate scarce healthcare resources during a crisis.
Dealing with Death: Best practices for communicating with a person who is grieving
As an organization, we have supporters from all walks of life and have seen many incredible promises made and kept after the death of a loved one, including our founder. A death is often one of the strongest origins for a promise. The next time someone you know and love is grieving this information will help prepare you on the grieving process, how one grieves, things to avoid saying, a transformative process that may occur after someone grieves a person’s death, and contemplating one’s own inevitable last breath.
Being Nice: Brainstorming for acts of kindness
Being nice is the right thing to do. It may sound elementary, but often in life we meet people who are simply not nice, maybe even our own family members or coworkers. There are many good people in this world and there is power in modeling the way. Learn how, by simply being nice, you can keep your promises and help others too.
Character Education: Contemplating the most important values to teach the next generation
You do not have to dig deep to find stories of bullying or school violence and why good character is important. Character education is as old as education itself. Throughout history, all over the world, education has had two goals: to help young people become smart, and to help them become good. But is character something that can be learned or do genetics play a much larger role? What does it actually take to become a person of good character? Delve into the current state of character education, what it actually is, and why there is still much about it up for debate.
Code of Honor: Utilizing time and space to know yourself
Some research suggests we make 35,000 decisions per day. Sounds incredibly high, right? Well, we make 226.7 decisions each day on just food choices according to researchers at Cornell University. The more responsibility we have, the greater number of choices we are faced with, and each choice carries certain consequences – both good and bad. This ability to choose can be liberating or perhaps lead to self-destruction. What if you had a tool that helped guide your decision making and behavior? Learn tactical steps to help create a code of honor that can help you make and keep your promises to yourself and others.
Point of No Return: How to See a Broken Promise Before It Happens
You can see a broken promise coming before it happens. You just have to calculate it's Point of No Return. This video discusses how to adjust plans when things look like they are going south.
The Power of Checklists: The Incredible Impact of the Obvious Tool
Death rates from heart surgery decreased by 40% with a simple piece of paper. The human heart is the most complex organ, so how have the numbers decreased so dramatically? Atul Gawande, author of Checklist Manifesto, believes it’s because of a simple tool: The Checklist. Surgeons are discovering what airline pilots learned decades ago: The human brain can’t remember everything, so it’s best to focus on the complicated challenges and leave the simple reminders to a cheat sheet. A well planned checklist can help you keep your promises.
The Stress of Promise Keeping: Five Tips to Manage Stress
The more promises you make, the more work you need to do. The more you become a person of honor, the more stressed you will be because promises are hard to keep. Here are five tips for stress management that will help you make and keep your promises.
How to Handle Broken Promises: An unfortunate inevitability
Breaking promises and lying are not only philosophically similar, they are biologically similar. What do you do after you break a promise? Or perhaps after someone breaks a promise to you? No one has a perfect batting average on promise keeping, but it is incredibly important to remain accountable for your actions and reactions. Learn six steps to handle broken promises.