Top 5 tips for your first challenge
Taking on your first challenge with us? No worries. We've picked out these five tips to help make sure your first big trek with Choose a Challenge is a memorable and positive experience.
Stay ahead of the game
Make sure you're honestly asking yourself the right questions during this journey: Am I making time for fundraising? Am I being a good team member? Am I mentally and physically ready for my specific trek?
Just like handing in a term paper on time, these types of things can often sneak up on you so it's important to get ahead of the game. Using everyday tools like a calendar to plan out fundraising events, social media to get the word out about what you're doing, and even using Google to see how you should be training for your challenge are all steps in the right direction 👍
Plan out your fundraising
As mentioned before, fundraising is something you can easily put out of your mind early on in the process. Your fundraising deadlines will be here before you know it, and you don't want to be worrying about that when you should be getting excited about your trip.
Some of the most effective ideas include sitting down with a calendar to plan out when you can make the time to fundraise and plan events. Spreading out these things over a longer period of time instead of cramming at the last minute will not only help you avoid unwanted stress, but make things 10x easier for yourself long-term. Another useful idea is to use your teammates. Everyone is "in the same boat" as you, so you might as well work together, right? Organizing a profit-share between a few or all members of your team could be a great way to pull together multiple resources to help fundraise even more money. What do I mean by this? For example, if you and two friends on your team play for the club soccer team, you might think to sell snacks or run a 50/50 raffle at your next game. Each member would equally split the funds raised and deposit them into his/her own fundraising account. Having trouble thinking up an idea? We have you covered. You can reach out to your team's charity partner who is sure to have even more strategies and ideas for you to use.
This one might sound simple, but that doesn't take away from how important it is. Attending team meetings, letting your team know what you're up to on your official facebook group page, and knowing when to ask for help will all be crucial to your success. Staying in the loop with your team ensures everyone is on the same page and on the right track to hitting their fundraising goals. Not sure where you should be with your fundraising target? Let your leader know. Have an idea for a cool fundraiser to organize on campus, but not sure how to make it happen? Ask your teammates for help and pool resources.
You'd be surprised at what you can accomplish with an extra set of hands.
Get up and get out!
Eventually, you're going to head out on your trek, right? So make sure to consider getting your body prepared for the physical part of the trip. Rest assured you'll have experienced guides helping you and leading the way, but at the end of the day, it's you reaching the finish line.
Some things to consider might be an exercise program, or even going for a daily walk. Building up strength and your body's resistance will not only make your time trekking much easier, but it'll allow you more time to enjoy your trek as well. We'll be following up with more articles on how to get in shape for your trip, but making sure you're taking strides each day to get better in whatever capacity you can is a step in the right direction.
This is something only a handful of students in the U.S. get to do, so why not shout it from the rooftops!? Let everyone know the amazing challenge you're taking on, and the impact of your fundraising dollars on the lives of those less fortunate than you. People might even want to help you fundraise and be a part of your journey. Social media can be a huge tool for success if you use it the right way. This goes for offline encounters too, obviously. Don't be afraid to tell your loved ones and friends what you've been up to. Who knows, maybe one day they'll want to take on a challenge of their own with us!
Stay tuned for future blog posts detailing each of these points leading up to your big trek. Whether you're taking on a challenge with us or are interested in learning more, please make sure to follow us on social media and subscribe to our monthly newsletter below.