The February 23rd challenge!

I challenge you today to book yourself for an event in the next 30 days (by March 23, 2007) that is just a little more difficult than you are used to. An event where you need to perform just a little more than you are used to!

I challenge you to challenge yourself to play the Book Yourself game with a specific goal and time.

I do my BEST work when I put a goal in front of me – a goal that is just a little higher than I am used to, and then I strrrrrrrrrrreeeeeeeeeeetch.

Streeeeeeeeeeeeeetch A woman named Laurie that I know is an amazing volleyball player. She played competitively in college, and I played with her several times in grad school. When she played with us, she was many leagues better than our grad school intramural team, BUT…. but she played as if her life depended on it. She played as if every block, every serve, every hit was the one. Was the one that would make us win. Was the one that would count.

And the single best thing that she did when she played with us was that she would shout out just in time “streeeeeeeeetch” to the person at the net going for a spike. It didn’t matter that more than half of us didn’t jump up when we spiked – we spiked from the ground. It didn’t matter if it was the best player on the team or any player. Laurie yelled “streeeeeeeeetch,” and each of us stretched!

That’s what I’m talking about. Streeeeeeeeeetch yourself. Do that one thing that seems just a little bit above where you are! Streeeeeeeetch and GROW!

Some examples:

  • Exercising a certain number of times a day (that’s self-regulation), and doing a workout that’s just a little harder than is comfortable (that’s streeeeeeeeetching).
  • Booking yourself as a speaker at a conference before you have the full outline prepared (that’s streeeeeeetching). Then working regularly, repeatedly, deliberately on creating a superb presentation for that day (that’s self-regulation).
  • Expanded your business in a direction you’ve never tried before (streeeeeeeeetching), and preparing for each new milestone in the new direction by creating a process (self-regulation) that you can rely on in the future.

So, for the next 30 days, what can you book yourself to do that will challenge you?

(BTW, in case it EVER seems like I have all the answers, please don’t think that could be true. I have a whole bunch of fun questions. I’m changing things about my life and work while I’m writing this website. My answers in the comments. If I suggest something on this site, it’s because I’m thinking about it myself. Streeeeeeeeeeeeeeetch!) :)

Sometimes you need a challenge in order to move yourself into action.
What’s your challenge? :)

CONGRATS for doing this for yourself – for playing this Book Yourself game.


  1. Posted Thursday February 22, 2007 at 11:01 pm | Permalink

    I am booking myself tomorrow for a talk on a topic that I haven’t yet given a talk about – Resilience. I’ve written papers, read books, written here, here, and here and given exercises to people about this topic (here and here), but never a full talk. I’ll book myself for a talk to happen by March 23, 2007.

  2. Posted Friday February 23, 2007 at 6:27 pm | Permalink

    Great site Senia! I am insprired and working on a few ways to streeeeeeetch…will keep you posted! Great idea!

  3. Posted Saturday February 24, 2007 at 1:03 am | Permalink

    I’m stretching myself this month to do something that I’ve wanted to do and have been meaning to do most of my life. Decide what I want, and figure out how to get there. Basically, plan my life around what I want to focus on. I’ll let you know once the month is up.

  4. Posted Sunday February 25, 2007 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    Hi Maria – AWESOME! It’s a very physical, somatic sense of stretching also – like you speak about on your matplace site! Challenging by stretching more and deeper!

    Hi Nick – SUPERB! Very much looking forward to hearing how it goes! Best of the academics to you!


  5. Saahir
    Posted Tuesday February 27, 2007 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

    Made for a very interesting read. A simple but yet a very powerful idea. A little bit of ‘ streeeeeeetttching’ in one s everyday life can go a long way.

    Nice one!

  6. Posted Wednesday March 28, 2007 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    Kathy Sierra says, “Always Be Closing,” always create deadlines for yourself.

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