Success – Silly Recognition and Playful Competition

“Wow, that’s a lot of green,” is a point of pride in our house.

My wife and I wear the Fitbit Blaze on our wrists. Individual fitness goals turn green when achieved. For example, when we reach our daily goal of 10,000 steps the number turns green. We high-five one another.

We have fitness goals for steps, miles, calories, floors, and active minutes. When we reach all the daily goals, Fitbit flashes, “Wow, that’s a lot of green.”

We’re constantly checking with each other. How many steps do you have? How many floors? It’s motivating to have someone notice.

At the end of the day, if we’re short on steps, we go for a walk to get the green. Dale walks with me, even if she has her green. I do the same for her.

One night Dale was up at 11:45 p.m. doing jumping jacks to get her green.

Every morning we step on the scales. I’m told that you shouldn’t track your weight everyday. But when you’re competing for progress, you need to be a little obsessed.

5 factors for success:

  1. Partnership. We go further together than we go alone.
  2. Competition. It’s easier for me to burn my daily calories. I let Dale know that she better get moving if she is going to keep up with me. We playfully brag and poke fun at each other as we track our progress. When I’m traveling, I’ll ask, “Did you get your green?”
  3. Recognition. Its funny that something as silly as, “Wow, that’s a lot of green,” can be a point of pride. Meaningful recognition requires that you track progress and honor results.
  4. Fun.
  5. Obsession. We decided not to let ourselves off the hook. If you’re going to achieve something, you have to be a little crazy about achieving it.

Which of the five factors for success are most important to you? Why?

What motivates you to pursue your goals and achieve desired results?

P.S. She just walked in and said we’ll have to walk up the road if I’m going to get my floors! Time to go.