We’re almost to the halfway point in the Mt. Everest Challenge. We thought this was a perfect time to reflect on the last 30 days, and see what we learned from our first Mt. Everest Challenge.
- We grossly underestimated the will power of our members
In all honesty, we thought we’d only have 2 or 3 people summit Mt. Everest by the end of January. In fact, we almost considered extending the contest to 90 days to allow more members to finish the challenge. 29,029 feet is a lot of climbing, especially for people who have 9-5 jobs, kids, etc. Boy, were we wrong.
Anyone that has reached 20,029 feet already should be extremely proud. That’s quite the athletic feat, especially considering the Jacob’s Ladder is practically brand new to us. No one had the chance to practice. Congratulations!
For those that are still climbing, your dedication and commitment, two values that are lacking in society today, should be admired. You will reach the top within this next month. And when you do, the feeling of accomplishment will make all of your hard work and effort worth it.
- We’re a closer family than we had thought
The Mt. Everest Challenge is a competition after all. A little quick math tells a competitor that the less amount of members that reach the peak, the better chance they have at winning the prize. Thus, don’t encourage your competition to win.
However, that’s not what a family or team does. Their relationship dynamics are different. A true teammate/family member wants everyone to succeed. In their mind, the team is greater than the individual. And that’s what’s happened over the last 30 days. We’ve had members post positive encouragement on our facebook page for other members. We’ve had members push other members on the ladder by alternating climbing sessions. We’ve even had members, who have already finished, stay and encourage other members who are still climbing. One night, I literally watched 5 members (who had already finished working out) cheering on another member as she finished the challenge. Now that’s a family.
- Goals should be clear, tangible, and easily calculated
I hate when I hear someone say her goal is to lose 10lbs. Yes, it can easily be calculated, and it’s somewhat tangible. The problem is that it’s too muddy. There are too many variables that could influence the end result that is out of her control: prescription medication use, stress from work/home, hormonal cycles, an emergency at home, etc. On top of all of that, her weight could easily fluctuate 5 lbs or more in a 24-48 hour period simply due to water. That’s way too muddy for me.
“Process” goals are so much better. Mt. Everest was a process goal: climb 29,029 feet. Either you do or you don’t. It’s crystal clear, tangible, and easily calculated. Guess what? It’s been a huge success. Exercising for 30 minutes 15 times per month is a process goal. You either do it or you don’t. 100 kettlebell swings per day is a process goal. Clear, tangible, and easily calculated. The process will eventually lead you to your true goal. If you exercise for 30 minutes 15 times per month, I guarantee you that you’ll lose weight, provided all other variables stay the same. And if you don’t, at the very minimum, you changed the variables that you had control over to reach your goal. Sometimes that’s all you can do. We’re currently working on other contests that include process goals. We’re even working on a new, exciting rewards-based program that incorporates process goals.
Hopefully over the 30 days, we learn just as much as we learned during the first 30 days. Happy climbing!