For as long as I can remember, I've always been a bit on the competitive side. Heck as a kid/middle schooler there were times when I was told “you're too competitive.” Being competitive can be a bad thing, but if done right I think it's a good thing. And well, here's my chance to unleash a bit of that “beast” again. Nothing like saying it can be good and then using the word beast, right? 😉
You see, my coach Kelly runs a challenge each September. This year is the 10th anniversary! I've participated in almost all of the challenges except maybe 3 or 4 of them. Back in the early stages, I always joined raring to go and excited for the month and what would be achieved… only to have one excuse after another as to why I wasn't a challenge finisher.
But the most common one? I ended up sick… a lot! And sure that was an excuse but did you also know there's such a thing as upper limiting where when you're trying to level up/move to the next level in biz/life you self-sabotage yourself (and I'm not saying I made myself sick but getting sick when upper leveling is a common thing – even Marie Forleo talks about!) It's originally talked about in the book The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks which I highly recommend by the way!
But the last few years so many things have changed in my life and I've come to the challenges with an open mind, willingness, and desire to be a finisher and take things to the next level. So I have. Of course there may have been some “bribery” of brownies from Send Out Cards – these suckers are divine – that also enticed me to be more all in 😉
Someone asked me ‘why would you participate in something that pushes you to step out of your comfort zone?'
Oh boy there are sooo many reasons! But the main one – comfort zones are BORING! Seriously, I spent so long of my life and biz life living in comfort zones that I felt stale, bored, and constantly wondering ‘isn't there more', ‘what if'… and I knew I had to leave the comfort zones to find out!
And then there's a few other reasons:
- Kelly's safe, judgement free, space
- Community – this kinda fits into the above one; the community Kelly has built is so powerful and full of amazing peeps. And the energy from the participants is awesome.
- Lots of challenges to choose from
- Being able to create your own challenge, if you don't choose one of the ones in the guide
- Finisher gifts (mmmm brownies!)
- Connections – this kinda fits into community too but oh well; the connections you'll make with other participants is great & I have seen JV partnerships, etc. come out of challenges before.
And this year, in honor of the 10th anniversary, my favorite reason to be in the challenge is TEAMS! We have Team Bold, being led by my friend Val & then Team Shine being led by none other than moi. There's been some competitive, fun natured, kind hearted smack talk. Let's just say Val & I are both competitive and we each have some competitive peeps on our teams. The month is sure to be full of shenanigans and tons more fun!
So, Why Am I Stretching?
I've been wanting to take my content marketing to the next level for a while, but I keep letting other things get in my way and pushing my passion and what I want more of in the world to the back burner. But being all in (and a team leader) for the challenge, gives me the ‘excuse' to focus on my biz (how sad I need an “excuse” to make the time…that's something that needs to be changed!)
It also gives me the inspiration and motivation to not keep doing the same things I'm comfortable with and step it up and do something that makes me uncomfortable but will pay off in the long run.
And when there's group accountability and team accountability, it makes me wanna stretch and do more because all those other peeps are watching me, rooting me on, and that motivates me!
Your Turn! Isn't It Time To Stretch Yourself Too?
And now, here's YOUR sign ;-)… if you're ready to step up your content marketing game, this is YOUR sign (aka invitation) to do it! Sign up and join the Stretch Yourself Challenge!
Isn't it time to stretch yourself???
Just click the button below…
Oh and if you're wondering – yes, stepping out of your comfort zone is scary but it's been the most amazing thing for me. I am living the wildest (in a good way), most adventurous, awesome life ever because of taking chances and leaving my comfort zone(s)! 🙂