In many ways, Hadley Jensen, from Cumming, Georgia, is just like any other 10-year-old girl. She likes to spend time with her friends. She occasionally fights with her siblings. She likes to eat candy and watch shows on Netflix. But there is one thing that makes Hadley unique: she is on a streak for good!
This is not the type of streak that would get Hadley in trouble. This manner of streaking is helping her to do good in the world. For 257 days and counting, Hadley has helped at least one person every day!
We sat down with Hadley the other day to ask her about her streak to help others. Here is what she shared with us:
IMK: Hadley, why did you choose to start this streak?
Hadley: I really want to be a kinder person. I struggle with being patient and talking nicely to my siblings. I learned about the idea of creating a streak from my parents and thought this would help me to do that.
IMK: How did you start doing this?
Hadley: After talking with my parents, I wanted to pick something simple that I could do every day. I decided I could do it and just started on day one by helping a friend in my class at school. Since then, I do a daily act of kindness, record it and share with my family what I’ve been doing.
IMK: What are some of the things you have been doing during your streak to help others?
Hadley: I help make dinner. I help my teachers with different activities in their classes. I help comfort my little sisters when they are sad. I helped a new girl in my class by introducing her to other friends.
IMK: So has it been hard to keep up your streak?
Hadley: It can be tricky to remember. But I can always complete it because it is so simple. So at the end of the day, if I haven’t helped anyone I can quickly ask a member of my family how I can help them and still keep my streak alive!
IMK: So is it working? Do you feel like you are kinder?
Hadley: I’m still working on things, but yes, I think I am kinder than I was before. For example, the other day at school we were playing floor hockey in PE. It has been kind of intense. Our team ended up losing. Instead of being rude to the other team, I was able to tell them good game. It was a simple way to help others.
IMK: How long do you intend to keep your streak up for?
Hadley: As long as I can! I don’t really have an end date in mind.
IMK: Have you thought about starting other streaks?
Hadley: I had a streak to read one verse of scripture daily. I am thinking about starting a streak to write at least one sentence in my journal daily.
IMK: What advice do you have for others who would like to start a streak?
Hadley: Do it! Pick something small that will help you become who you want to be. Also, use the words “at least” in your streak. For example, help at least one person daily instead of just help one person daily. When you do that, then you give yourself the chance to do more than just the simple activity you have picked.
Starting a ‘streak for good’ is a great tool to help you become the best version of yourself. It can help you grow in your consistency and discipline by keeping track of the small activities you do day by day or week by week. And Hadley is a fabulous example of doing just this!
- Here is a link to more about the power of streaks
- Check out our other inspiring quotes and stories about a key character trait related to consistency – perseverance
Topics for Discussion:
- What is unique about Hayley? What character traits does she display?
- Have you ever had a streak? Was it for something good? Why did you stop?
- Are all streaks good? Why or why not?
- How can a streak be used to help you become a better person?
- To get started with your own streak for good, find all you need to streak your way to success with our tools, app and worksheets