So I decided to climb Mount Everest.
Nope, I wasn't internally motivated to do it just because it was healthy. Maybe you can relate.
I needed to shape a goal that was fun and memorable and even inspiring. Technically speaking, I needed to quantify my goal. That's the "M" in S.M.A.R.T. goal setting. I needed to make my stair-stepping goal Measurable.
When you have to measure something what do you turn to? A ruler, of course. So I grabbed my ruler and measured one step in the stairwell. After a few calculations I figured I would need to climb 49,764 stairs to say I climbed Mount Everest.
OK, the equivalent of Mount Everest... without the snow... and without deadly freezing temperatures. The point is this: I found something that motivated me, and who cares if it's silly.
On Dec 31, 2014 I reached the summit - the locked door of the 13th-floor roof access inside an endless stairwell, echoing my gasps for air. But I did it.
Like many goals, it wasn't so much the last step that was so glorious, although it was a good feeling. It was looking back on my spreadsheet seeing all those days when I climbed 400 steps or more.
I had achieved my goal to improve my overall fitness.
What's your Mount Everest?
Share your wild goals achieved or in progress in the comments below. Or share whatever your raw goal is ("I want to lose weight"). I'll be happy to help you craft your own "Mount Everest". Want to lose weight? Drop 25 Big Macs! Love to exercise? Run from Boston to New York City!
Read more: Setting Reasonable Goals (kind of sounds like the opposite of this article - read and see for yourself).
Mark B. Anderson, founder & CEO of Strength in Numbers, Inc. is a former and current math teacher and tutor. Sandwiched by these two “tours of duty” in the classroom were nine years working in both small business and corporate finance. Strength in Numbers Tutoring specializes in making complicated high school math understandable to students of all academic levels.
Strength in Numbers, Inc. is the leading provider in supplementary educational services and products, including one-on-one tutoring, workshops for students and teachers, as well as print and online learning materials, currently specializing in high school math curricula and real-world personal finance.ersonal finance training.