During summer 2015, Peak Warriors ran a simple challenge. It was to take one photo of yourself every day for 92 consecutive days (July through September) and post it on a Peak Warriors special event page. See? Simple.
“Simple” didn’t mean it was easy for members to do, however. For some of us, it truly (soft-roll that r) was a challenge. Many of us had spent years avoiding photographs for myriad reasons of personal insecurity. We were the ones behind the cameras, capturing moments of family and friends but always out of frame. Or we joined in photos, but hid parts of ourselves behind other people, furniture, trees – anything that came to hand.
But a challenge was issued – and Peak Warriors answered it in droves. The truly (soft-roll that r!) timid did not have to post publicly, but as a minimum were to post their daily photos to a calendar app where they alone could see over three months, side by side, the changes their efforts were yielding as they improved their health and fitness; changes not recognized just looking in a mirror from day to day, for being gradual.
In addition to tracking our progress, we quickly learned that the benefits of this challenge went beyond physical change. We got comfortable in front of the camera. We learned to see (sometimes through the encouragement of others) our positive features – our assets – rather than just our flaws. We learned to enjoy having a record of our participation in life, for ourselves and to share with family and friends. In short, we learned to appreciate who we are – along the journey rather than just if or when we reach our goals.
That was a huge bonus many never expected: bolstered self esteem.
The challenge was so popular that we encouraged members to continue unofficially, and several have done so.
It’s a new year now. We have a second official round of #MPC, we each have identified new milestone markers and goals – set to conquer new peaks. Peak Warriors has grown too, as it continually becomes better. We have new members as well as one-year veterans, all recommitting to becoming their best selves.
So it’s time to run another iteration of our photo challenge. Join us! Whether you are a Peak Warrior member or not, whether you post your photographs publicly on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, or only for your own eyes on a calendar app – get in the picture for #MPC2016… with #PicStreak!!!
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