TEAM LIFE Challenge Groups Face Challenges
Challenge Groups were components of the TEAM/LIFE’s Mental Fitness Challenge. Every other Tuesday, a group of TEAM/LIFE members (and their prospects) would get together to ask questions of each other regarding their “mental fitness.” These challenge groups were first introduced in May, 2012, to great fanfare and accolades. TEAM/LIFE member Clint Fix describes them:
While not technically a part of the Mental Fitness Challenge, Challenge Groups bring fellow MFC participants together to fellowship, discuss what they’re learning, and encourage one another to strive for greatness and keep up the rewarding, but hard work of changing oneself. These take place all over North America every other Tuesday evening. The format of the challenge group is very simple. Everyone gets together to watch a short video then orients themselves into a circle to discuss the topic at hand. There are a set of discussion questions related with the video that are challenging and thought provoking. The conversations that are created in this atmosphere are impactful in a way that is very difficult to describe here. I would say that although the Challenge Groups aren’t technically a part of the Mental Fitness Challenge, they will help you take what you learn in the MFC to a much higher level and make a whole lot of close friends in the process.
According to this comments by Susan Lovelace on Facebook, challenge groups are going the way of the dodo and will be replaced with the same old Tuesday Open Meetings:
“I learned last night the last (challenge) group is tonight then they are all back to the Open meetings every Tuesday. What was a challenge group? A local group of Team/Life members would read an assigned chapter in a book written by the Life Founders. Orrin and Chris made little clips of video’s on the section of the book. The 1st book they went through was 13 Resolution written by Orrin Woodward. Every other Tuesday we would meet at a local home and sit in a circle, watch a clip and answer questions. Then we would watch the business plan. It was said the challenge groups were not producing enough new members so they are shutting them down!! Seriously another CHANGE! I personally loved the challenge groups, they were great for team building, a reason to get to know how each other thinks. Independent thoughts, in my opinion this is why the are really shutting them down, people were getting wiser or they were not making enough money. Which do you think it was?”
TEAM/LIFE member Eric Blomdahl confirms what Susan and others have been saying:
Back in August, 22, 2012, Blomdahl categorized Challenge Groups as being vital:
Perhaps one of the most important vital behaviors is to regularly attend both live opens and challenge groups. Exploding teams have consistent and increasing numbers at both live opens and challenge groups. Not attending either one because you don’t have a new person to bring is wrong thinking. Having the attitude that challenge group night is a “night off” is wrong thinking. If you want to build a strong and growing compensated community, attending and supporting your community every Tuesday night is crucial.
- How was the news that the Challenge Groups were going away communicated to the TEAM/LIFE faithful?
- What reactions did the members have? Where’s the post on Orrin’s blog (and the comments) about the return of the weekly Open meeting?
- What recourse do TEAM/LIFE members have if they disagree with the decision to cancel the Challenge Groups?
- Are they “allowed” to organize their own meetings?
- Will the TEAM/LIFE leadership — namely Orrin Woodward, Chris Brady, George Guzzardo, Dan Hawkins, Claude Hamilton, Bill Lewis, and Tim Marks — approve of this? If they do not, wouldn’t that mean they are stifling the freedom of their own members?