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Posted by Katie Sack at 12:42PM
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  • What does it mean to you to hike for happiness?
  • What are you looking to achieve by participating in the Hike for Happiness challenge?
  • How do you plan to make the best of this challenge experience over the next 30 days?

Those are just a few questions to ask yourself to find out what it is that attracts you to this experience and what you might do to focus on the aspects you like best so that you get out of it what you want.

We’re all competitive in some aspect or another, whether it’s between you and yourself or you and other people. A competitive edge is what drives us to push-on. Some might consider it perseverance or willpower, and in some cases that may be right. However, the IC A Healthy Me Hike for Happiness challenge is a competition between teams who will compete to find as many items on the scavenger hunt “secret” list each week in order to win the prize (which is pretty awesome if you must ask).

There must be something about the social experience that is rewarding for those of you that signed up, as well as the competition to win and seek victory over other teams. The support of other team members hiking with you sounds fun and may also keep you accountable to go on a weekly hike. Plus, it’s a chance to explore without the fear of not knowing exactly where you’re going or what you’re doing. It’s comforting, in a sense, to have someone to do it with.

At some point though, you may come across conflict. In a perfect world you and your partner will meet every week at a specific time, agree on a spot to go hiking, experience beautiful weather, and never get any shin splints from climbing trail stairs. However, we don’t live in a perfect world so it is important to know how you will overcome barriers in order to make this a rewarding experience. That is in your hands!

So…how will you overcome challenges associated with working with other people, especially during the following scenarios?...

  1. A teammate has to cancel one weekend
  2. The weather is rainy all weekend
  3. You have a big project you have to get done by an unexpected deadline
  4. You twist an ankle
  5. You don’t find all the items on the secret list…at all.
  6. Your teammate arrived later than expected and you have to be somewhere
  7. You can’t seem to shake the fatigue your feeling and really aren’t that motivated to go hiking

You and your teammates may want to get together to brain storm how you will still accomplish the task of hiking every week and finding all the items on the secret list, even throughout the obstacles you will face.

It is better to have a plan, not just a plan on how to succeed, but how to overcome small obstacles that may look and feel like failures. If you don’t start out with a plan, you can still deal with each obstacle as it comes. Remember to have a positive attitude, evaluate and assess what happened, then go forward with how you adapt. An inability to see failure as an opportunity for improvement will lead to more failure and feelings of disappointment. 

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