Okay, you have seen my posts that I have a new, better challenge to replace The Hot 100. Well, this is the post where you find out all about it.
We used The Hot 100 to go out of 2009 with a bang, but now it is time to focus on 2010. A “Perfect” 2010! You may ask why I am calling this challenge “The Perfect 10“. It is the first challenge of 2010, it is ten weeks long, and we will learn ten things about each participant.
The rules are a more formalized this time, but the prize is much better. I think that is a worthy trade-off.
- The intent is for everyone to start this on January 1st, but as long as you begin by January 7th and post an update on January 8th, you are eligible.
- Begin by commenting on this post letting me know you are joining the challenge, then post your goals on your blog. If you don’t have a blog and you want to participate, you will have to post your goals and your updates as a comment on this blog. Be sure and see rule #1 – I would like to see the goals posted on your blog by the 1st of January, but you have until the 7th. Come on though, if you know about it now, don’t sit around and wait until the 7th. By the same token, you don’t have to wait until the 1st to let the world know you are participating. In fact, I would prefer you tell them right now.
- Updates must be done at least weekly. That means the first update is due on Friday, January 8th. If you choose to update on Mondays, you will also need to post an update on Monday, January 4th, or Monday, January 11th.
- You need to post a comment on the weekly reminder posts letting me know you have done your goal updates, preferably with a link to your update post. The link is not required, but it makes it easier for others to follow you. Although I will be visiting your blogs and commenting on your posts, I am using the update posts on this blog to help me track the challenge.
- You have to tell one thing most other bloggers will not know about you weekly in your updates. For example, telling us that you were a Van Halen groupie in the 80′s or that you spent two years as a nun on a small island off the shore of Greece would do. Well, either of those or something as simple as your family has a tradition of wearing plaid pajamas to your New Year’s Day breakfast. I will give suggestions along the way for this.
Aren’t you glad I didn’t decide to have ten rules?
Now I know ahead of time someone is going to ask if you can change your goals throughout the challenge. I don’t think it is wise to make a habit of this, but if you are finding a goal unchallenging, you may substitute another goal for that one. The opposite is true too. If you are finding a goal to be discouraging, perhaps you set an unattainable goal, then you may substitute another goal for that one. Just don’t take that lightly. Just don’t give up because it gets hard.
While the following aren’t requirements, they are suggestions that I would appreciate you considering:
- First, I would greatly appreciate it if all participants would link back to this post from their blogs.
- Second, the very talented Pippa has created a great looking image for this challenge (see below). Feel free to post this on your sidebar or elsewhere on your blog showing other bloggers you are participating. I would appreciate it if you would link back to this post from the image.
The winner of the Perfect 10 Challenge will be randomly selected on or after March 12th, 2010 from the list of all those who complete the challenge . To be eligible you must have followed all rules above, including posting all required updates by the date they were required (each Friday). You must have also posted a comment on the update post that I will post each Friday letting me know you have done your update. Along with each update you must also have posted one thing about yourself that other bloggers may not know.
This is the best part about this. RMAX International has agreed to sponsor this challenge. Therefore, the winner of the challenge will get a pair of mini clubbells, the Big Book of Clubbell Training, and the Clubbell Training for circular strength DVD. This is a prize package valued at almost $135!
If you aren’t familiar with clubbell training, you are in for a pleasant surprise. It is somewhat akin to kettlebell training, although there are distinct differences. It is a great tool in our exercise arsenal. The folks at RMAX International do a better job of explaining this than I ever could though – check it out at clubbell.tv. Really, go check this link out. This is some impressive stuff.
As much as I hate to do this, to be eligible for this prize you must be a resident of the United States. If you are from another country, and you happen to win the challenge, I will find something to give you as a prize (perhaps a DVD of all my motivational videos) or you can donate the clubbell package to your favorite U.S. blogger. If you choose to not donate the clubbell package, the winner of the package will be the first randomly selected U.S. participant who completed the challenge.
Now, on to the image. Again, the very talented Pippa was kind enough to create this image for the challenge. Be sure and head by her blog and check it out. Also, be sure and post this image in your sidebar letting the world know you are participating The Perfect 10 Challenge. Be sure to have the image link back to this post. For those who don’t know, just right click on this image and choose “save as” to save a copy to your desktop. Then upload it to your own blog’s sidebar.
One last thing, no, I don’t expect any one of us to be perfect in 2010, but I think we should all be striving for that. You are going to mess up though – guaranteed. Many of you will not finish this challenge perfectly completing all your goals. You will notice, once again, this challenge is not focused on whether you complete the goals or not. It is about setting realistic, challenging, attainable goals that push and stretch you to your limit, thereby making you better all the while. If you don’t attain the goals, but you never give up, then you will be closer at the close of this challenge than you are today. That, my friends, is what is important here. DON’T get hung up on the goals. DON’T drop out of the challenge if you feel you aren’t going to achieve your goals. Recalibrate if you need to and push onward.
Although I don’t think a disclosure is necessary, as I am not reviewing a product, I will give one anyhow. I contacted RMAX International asking them to sponsor this challenge. RMAX International was kind enough to do so. I am not being reimbursed by RMAX International in any way. They have only donated the prize package for this challenge. Any thoughts I present regarding RMAX International or the products they have agreed to award the winner of this challenge are my own thoughts.