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:
- 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.
- 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!).
- 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.
- 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?