The Seven Day Stamina Challenge

07 Sep The Seven Day Stamina Challenge


So my friend Joel Boggess over at 4PointsCoaching issued the Seven Day Stamina Challenge the other day, and I figured I needed something exciting to do so I eagerly jumped in. “How hard can it be?” I thought. “It’s only seven days. I can do anything for seven days.”

I agreed to take the challenge and I honestly have to say I really don’t know what’s required of me for the challenge. That might not have been the best decision in the world, but I know if Joel is challenging me, this will be good for me in the end.

So Day 1 the challenge was to set the alarm for 30 minutes earlier and get right up to embrace the day. No staying in bed longer than 10 minutes. No problem. What’s an extra 30 minutes early? Easy peazy. Wait – day 1 fell on Labor Day. I couldn’t bring myself to get up early on Labor Day, just out of principle.

Day 1 first attempt failed.

Start over. The rule is you keep going until you complete each day of the challenge successfully. So I’m a day behind and can’t go on to Day 2 until I get up 30 minutes early. The good news is, attempt #2 at Day 1 went off without a hitch. It was harder to get right up than I thought but no big deal.

Day 2: I had to get up early and write in my journal (never done one before but started today) for five minutes. I had to write some big embarrassing goals or big hairy audacious goals (BHAG) for myself. I chose to make them all business-related.

My new goals are:

  1. Double our podcast listeners in three months. We’re starting at 3,000 -ish, so we need 6,000 monthly downloads. The deadline is December 1st.
  2. Generate $1,000 per month of passive income from the blog and podcast by December 1st. Current income from them is less than $100 a month (yikes!).
  3. Take on an additional 20 clients for Financial Excellence by December 1st. Most of these will work with Kevin, our lead coach, and a handful with me. That helps me define our target geographic area.
  4. Finally, my 4th goal is to generate $50,000 in net profits for my other company, Grate Outdoor Solutions, LLC by December 31, 2012. That’s roughly $250,000 in sales. Current sales: too low for me to admit in public, but this is definitely an aggressive goal. I’m using that as a problem statement for a business research class I’m taking for my MBA.

It will feel absolutely AMAZING to reach these goals. I’m looking forward to the challenge but it’s not going to be easy!

So far, the 7 Day Stamina Challenge has been good for me, but I’m only two days into it. I can’t wait to see what comes next. The good thing about being a day behind is I get a sneak peek at the next day’s challenge so I can mentally prepare. Tomorrow’s challenge is to get up early, journal for five minutes, and get 20 minutes of brisk exercise. My belly confirms I really need this part of the challenge!

Readers: what steps are you taking to improve the balance in your life or to take your business/career/physical fitness to the next level?

14 Comments
  • Alex Humphrey
    Posted at 13:16h, 07 September

    What do you do to create passive income?

    I am about to launch a coaching section on my website. I am also redesigning the site, which is exciting.

    Beyond that, I am preparing to make an eBook that I hope to sell and use to build up subscribes on the email list I am launching soon.

    Not sure what else to do. For sure, I need to focus on one thing at a time. For the past month I have tried to balance 10 things at once and it almost destroyed me. Now I am focusing on one thing until it is done and then moving onto the next thing.

    • Matt Wegner
      Posted at 12:39h, 08 September

      I think you’re right on track Alex. Trying to do everything at once means you’ll be able to do none of them well. I’ve had to back off on a lot of tasks so I can complete others. For income, I’ve rearranged my affiliate ads on the site (work in progress) and I’m entertaining sponsors and advertisers for the podcast and blog. I’ll also be stepping up the online store on the site. It’s been one of those project that I’ve started and put on the back burner way too many times. We have a lot of valuable stuff at low prices, and we just need to make it more user-friendly for our readers to access.

  • 1step
    Posted at 08:46h, 08 September

    that’s a great way to kickstart areas that you haven’t had as much focus on. Definitely why I joined Yakezie and it’s been great thus far. Keep it up!

    • Matt Wegner
      Posted at 12:40h, 08 September

      Yakezie is definitely a great way to step up your game. Once I stepped it up, I couldn’t bring myself to slow down, so it’s really made me keep on top of things.

  • My University Money
    Posted at 16:10h, 08 September

    Those are some pretty lofty goals Matt. Here’s to hoping you not only meet them, but stride right through. Early rising would be a relatively easy stamina challenge for me. I’m a morning person, and if you give me a hot shower, I’m out of bed in a shot. The much more difficult point of the day for me is the mid-afternoon. I would give anything for some great tips to boost my stamina for that stretch!

    Greetings as a fellow Yakezie Fall team member, yay “Seal” Team 6.

    • Matt Wegner
      Posted at 20:40h, 08 September

      They are indeed lofty. It’s going to take an awful lot to accomplish them. It will be totally worth it if (when) I do.

      Mid afternoon is tough for me too. I usually have to get up and move around to get the blood flowing and focus again.

  • Doctor Stock
    Posted at 21:22h, 08 September

    Wow… impressive… I’m amazed by your efforts and tenacity. You’re doing great… best to you in the future.

    • Matt Wegner
      Posted at 09:09h, 09 September

      Don’t be impressed until I actually accomplish some of the goals, lol!

  • Barb Friedberg
    Posted at 21:19h, 09 September

    Matt, I love goals. Keep us posted, yours are quite ambitious, but I’m sure you have the endurance to succeed.

    • Matt Wegner
      Posted at 11:00h, 10 September

      I certainly hope so Barb!

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  • kim
    Posted at 05:24h, 14 September

    Matt, Glad to see you were joining in on the challenge. What an added level of difficulty having it start on the holiday!

    Your goals are really big and exciting! Did the journaling help clarify them?

    I am curious how you came out on any of the other days,and your thoughts on the process.

    • Matt Wegner
      Posted at 06:46h, 14 September

      Had some trouble over the weekend and need to get back on the wagon Kim. But it’s been worth it so far. I’ll write an update post soon.

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