This newest contest is being held by my current employer, The University of Alabama in Huntsville, and it is called Just Move It. Instead of the individual "Outwork the Boss" contest in 2009, however, this one involves a team.
Just Move It is a competition between teams of UAH faculty, staff, students and alumni, in which everyone sets a goal (in minutes per week) for themselves and strives to reach it. By reaching weekly goals, attending the occasional lunch-time health seminars, and a few other bonus activities (such as getting at least 6 hours of sleep a night and wearing your seatbelt 100% of the time), teams accumulate points that can earn prizes and possibly the President’s Cup for the year.
My department, Professional and Continuing Studies, has a team and we are called the PCS Powerhouse. And guess who the team captain is... ME! I am so pumped!
The real excitement for me is not really in winning anything, although that is certainly fun. I hope to be able to actually help my teammates reach their fitness and health goals and to realize the ability and potential in themselves. Too often I see people limiting themselves with phrases such as, "I could never do that," and I always want to ask, "why not?"
I will never understand why so many people assume failure before they've even tried. As someone who is average, ordinary and regular, I have tried all kinds of things that seemed almost impossible. Almost. I'd like to influence a change in that failure-mindset so many have. I want people to know they do NOT have to settle for being less than they want to be, and if being strong, healthy and fit is one of those things, then I want them to believe in themselves and go get it.
I'm not sure who all will join the team. At the moment I have four others besides myself and I would love to see that triple in size. I'd love for people to let go of their inhibitions and insecurities and just give it a go. I wish they could see how totally worth it this would be, and to see the success and the life changes taking place before they'd even begun.
I can't force anyone, but I intend to encourage and pray for the opportunity to help. I think this could be great for many of them. If they would just move it!