Monday, February 28, 2011

Go90x - Or yes, you CAN survive on pure adrenaline for a month!

Ok, here I am on the final day of Go90x.   We heard about this Go90x thing just a few days before I was leaving for a week-long trip to Rochester, NY.  I almost didn't sign up because I thought there would be no way for me to do this crazy challenge if I missed the first week.  But I like being part of things and thought I could sneak in a few phone calls and viewing hot sheets while away.   Boy, was I ever in for a surprise!   My friend happened to be called into work on Tuesday morning of kick-off day so I decided to try Skyping into the Go Show and get one item knocked off my list!  Woo hoo -- I was ahead of the game!  I think that was the only time I was actually ahead (or even on time) for the rest of the month.   But I was determined to not let that first week get met down!

I had previously put out a few newsletters to past clients & contacts once in a while but never consistently.  Go90x had me blogging and tweeting all the time!!  I was concerned about "bugging" people but the reactions I got were overwhelmingly positive.  My blog about my favorite service providers got tons of great feedback and many folks contacted me to add their favorites to the list.

I was also REALLY nervous about asking for fan mail.  What if people didn't like me?  What if they didn't even remember me?  Isn't 4 years a bit long to wait to ask for fan mail?  But I sucked it up and sent out a request and the responses made me want to cry (in a good way).  It's amazing what people will do if you just ask.  And no one seemed to mind!

I still have 18 phone calls to make today.  I still HATE making phone calls.  Maybe that's just the last remnant of my shyness from my old computer programming days.  But I have to admit, no one seems to mind when I call and it has been a good way to connect. 

I used to be lazy about checking hot sheets but now see their value and have used them to get back in touch with some folks.  I'm still not sure why Tempo thinks I need to know what's going in Virginia or in Nash County (where is that?).  :-)

Doing the video turned out to be fun!  I keep trying to think of new videos I can make just for the heck of it.  I don't know if I'll ever feel comfortable being on video myself, but maybe some day.

I especially loved getting to know my accountability partners.  There is nothing like a shared traumatic  challenging experience to help people form bonds.   Dona & Paige were great about help me take a deep breath and calm down when I thought I could never finish.  And for brainstorming ideas.  Just knowing they were there if I needed them was a big help.

And yes, I have learned that I don't need as much sleep as I previously thought.  And that catching a cold the last week of Go90x is NOT fun.  And that having a cup of tea at 4pm doens't prevent me from falling asleep at 10pm but it DOES cause me to wake up at midnight with all kinds of energy.  Unfortunately I don't know anyone who would appreciate a phone call at midnight.

An important part of Go90x was the appreciation -- thanking the Angels, thanking people in our lives, writing handwritten notes of appreciation, etc.  It is so easy to forget to thank people and to remind them how much they mean to us.  This part of the challenge was so easy and yet something I rarely did.  So here's a shout-out to Keving & Jim and all of the crew at Go --->  Thank you soooo much for this challenge and all of the support!!  I love you all!

Christine Danko '11