Wednesday, January 31, 2007

40 Miles on the Pacific Crest Trail

Last September I went on a 40 mile backpacking trip on the Pacific Crest Trail (Donner Summit to Sierra City in California). This is something I had wanted to do for a long time. Since my friend, Jim, and I planned to leave a car at the destination and drive to the starting point, I felt it was more of an adventure than the usual roundtrip. The trip was all I hoped it would be. However, the longest lasting effect has been that I continue to enjoy the 17 pounds I lost and increased exercise I engaged in while training for the trip. My wife recently suggested I should identify the components of that successful training to apply elsewhere in my life. Having identified them, I now share what seems to motivate me:
  1. A focused goal
  2. A deadline
  3. "Skin in the game" - something of importance to me is at stake that I stand to lose

I will let you know if I succeed in carrying these over to work, personal projects, etc.