It’s September! And what does that mean? It means it’s time for the Stretch Yourself Challenge! This is my second year being a part of the Stretch Yourself Challenge (SYC) hosted by Kelly McCausey. I can’t even begin to tell you how incredible it is to go through this experience. I’m currently participating in the live experience, but you can also access the self-study version.
I first found out about SYC a couple of years ago and I inquired about it, but it wasn’t being offered live. So I waited until it was and then I joined. This event is about exploring your capabilities. It’s about trying new things, exploring your capabilities, and engaging with your work in an intentional way.
Inside the Stretch Yourself Challenge, you are presented with activities called challenges. These are designed to not only help your business, but also introduce you to new ways of creating content that will elevate the visibility, credibility, and ultimately, the profitability of your business. You are presented with many activities that involve participating with others as well.
Last year when I participated, I really didn’t know what I was getting myself into. I reviewed the various challenges and started completing them one by one. I didn’t complete them all, but I completed many of them.
In some cases, I did things for the first time. While they seemed scary or uncomfortable at the time, they eventually became the stepping stones that built my confidence to do every more new things.
I even signed up for an event and drove down to Atlanta to attend it. I hadn’t been to an event in 3 years before that time.. I met a lot of new people there — many who had participated in the challenge.
I learned how to do Facebook live and I did a number of those and got over that hurdle. I’ll actually be doing more of them during this current challenge. One especially fun activity I participated in was called Triad Coaching. This was new to me since I had been doing one-to-one coaching since I became a coach back in 2002.
During that activity, you get together for an hour with two other people and you take turns being the coach, the coachee, and a listener. You rotate through the different roles, each sharing and helping the other folks out. It’s such an enriching experience and so much fun because it’s fast, insightful, and you walk away with a wonderful sense of accomplishment.
Triad Coaching is also a great way to meet new people who are also going through the live experience of the challenge. This year when the challenge came up again, it was a no-brainer to just sign up for it and do it again. I find myself doing different types of challenges and pushing myself to do even more interesting things than I did last year. It’s just such a wonderful experience and everyone should try it at least once. I recommend the Stretch Yourself Challenge because it will change you in a way that will have profound implications for the future of your business. The live version take place every September — for the full month. However, you can jump into the self-study version at any time.
Try something new in your life. The SYC is a great place to start.