Window of Opportunity by Micky Calcott
by Micky Calcott
January 30th, 2019

Challenging Yourself

Challenges form the basis of our lives, in both a personal and business sense. Some are borne of necessity, others are undertaken by choice. Either way a challenge should always be viewed as an opportunity, it should be something to be relished. At least that’s what I’m telling myself as I gear up for what promises to be one of the most demanding experiences of my life – the 2019 Mongol 100.

Courtesy of Micky Calcott

The Mongol 100 is a 4 day expedition across 100 miles of frozen lake in North-Western Mongolia, this March I’ll be taking this grueling course to raise funds for charity. Competitors can tackle the course on foot, skates or by bike, traversing the frozen stretch of Lake Khovsgol, which is one of 17 ancient lakes– an expanse of water over 2 million years-old.

There’s no denying this will be an incredibly tough few days. The sheer distance covered, difficulty and unfamiliar terrain alongside freezing temperatures mean this will test me like nothing else I’ve experienced before. It’s for this precise reason that I can’t wait to get going. I’m sure it’ll be an experience I’ll never forget.

The Mongolia trek is a challenge I’ve chosen to take on, in the same way as starting my own business back in 1998. These are two very different examples, but both represent a step into the unknown. It’s my belief that these decisions are hugely important in both life and business. Taking the route of least resistance can be tempting and there are certainly occasions when being risk averse is sensible and prudent, but as a person and businessman I have a strong sense that seeking out new challenges is a key component of success.

Of course you can’t always choose your challenges. As a business owner, new and often unwelcome challenges rear their heads on a regular basis and it’s important to face them with the same energy and focus as those you’ve invited upon yourself. Changes in market conditions, problems with suppliers, and staffing issues are all challenges that have to be dealt with. I’m sure you’ve faced some, if not all of them in recent times. They aren’t exclusive to any walk of life or business type, but it’s how we react to them that’s important.

Whatever the challenge, whatever the circumstances, my ethos is to embrace it. Some will be time consuming and difficult, and some might need a quick decision. Some might work out, while some might not, but the approach should be consistent. Meet your challenges head on, be decisive, be focused, be brave and be bold.

What’s your next challenge going to be?

I’m undertaking the Mongol 100 to raise money for the UK based charity Children with Cancer. If you’d like to learn more about them, you can do so here, while if you feel moved to sponsor me, it would be hugely appreciated. You can find my fundraising page here.

Until next time… toodle-pip!

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