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- Aug 19, 2015
I get what you are saying but I feel differently about it.Hey @Fox, I've been following a lot of your posts and actually discovered 75 Hard from your other post.
That being said, have you been able to complete the program yet?
I'm only on day 23 and not a week goes by where I don't have at least one day where I struggle with the challenge. Whether that means walking 45 minutes at 10 PM at night or trying to finish the last liter of water by bedtime.
A lot of people combine the 75 Hard challenge with Andy's PowerList Idea and I've actually started that too, but I noticed a weird phenomenon. If I start working on the items on the list and something changed that made one of the items not possible to be accomplished anymore (a meeting or a call that I could no longer make), then I end up LESS motivated to complete the list because I have already LOST that day.
I think the same phenomenon happens when you have to do 75 Hard over and over again. Andy alluded to it in one of his recent podcasts that trying, but not completing the program can actually put you in a worse position than when you started. I believe the intent is to work on that voice in your head. To fight through those hard days where it's so easy to say, "f*ck it, why am I doing this", so that at the end of the 75 days you know that you can accomplish something that you've set your mind to through all the hard days.
I don't know about you, but I've had some super hard days with the 75 Hard Challenge and I'm re-considering not even doing the PowerList because I don't think I can consistently accomplish both right now. I'm just not good enough and I haven't built those habits yet. Those L's on the PowerList... well it certainly doesn't help the confidence I'm trying to build through 75 Hard.
My recommendation is to finish 75 Hard. All of it. Then worry about the next challenge.
Both the 75 hard challenge and this challenge I want to continue doing long term. I am not looking to do one, just drop it, and then start or something else. They are all where I want to be at every day.
For me, I want to have a $m/year mindset so I am pushing myself quite hard to make some core changes about who I am and how I behave. These are where I want my baseline to be.
So (for me) to do one challenge, and then work on another challenge but drop the first, and then work on something else and drop the second challenge, is not a great approach. I might rack up some challenge "wins" but nothing has stuck long term.
One last point - if you just keep retrying and don't even think about quitting long term it gets a lot easier mentally. I don't even consider quitting as an option anymore.
And I still have made a ton of progress even though I have "failed" the most on this forum with the challenge.
Failure is only failure if you quit - if you pick yourself back up its experience.
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