I’ve mentioned in the past that I’m a total baller when it comes to getting excited about a new project, and starting it.
I start a lot of shit.
Those close to me will tell you that I probably tend to get a little too excited about new projects and opportunities. This leads to overextending myself, which leads to stress, which leads to a whole different blog post that is not this one.
Update: Seven years later, I’m still doing this…
No, this one is about not stopping.
If you’re passionate about doing something, and you want to make real change. There’s only one thing you need to do: keep going.
One of the things I’ve found about starting things, is that I’ll setup a schedule. As long as I stick with the schedule, I’ll rock it out. Things will go smoothly and within a couple days good things are happening.
For example, last November I made an attempt at P90x. Notice that word attempt.
For the better part of a week I ate what I was supposed to, and set aside 2 hours a day for the workouts. I was sore. REALLY sore. Like the most sore I’ve ever been in my life. But within a few days even I started seeing some pretty remarkable changes in the way I looked and felt.
Kiss of death.
As soon as I started seeing those changes I felt proud of myself, and felt like things were under control. Then Thanksgiving hit.
Ooooh if I take a day off from training and my diet, it’ll be fine. It’s a really freaking slippery slope. Thanksgiving turned into dinner with friends the next day, and so on.
Needless to say, that was the end of that. All it took was missing one day to kill my dreams of a six pack.
How about marathon training? That lasted a little bit longer. I maintained for 3 weeks! Then I had a slight injury, took a trip to California, and not even running in the sunny 80 degree weather would be able to get me back on track. The damage was done and the routine was broken.
If you’re serious about seeing something through, whether its a diet, workout regimen, blog, whatever.
Do not miss a freaking day.
Sure, many of you won’t have trouble getting back on track, but if you’re like me, you’ll find it way too easy to rationalize quitting.
After reviewing this post in April of 2018, it inspired this video:
It sucks, but that’s one of my greatest challenges that I deal with on a daily basis. Because of it I’m trying to take on less, but finish more. That’s why I’m writing this blog post on a Thursday morning. I have a very loose posting schedule of Monday and Thursday. The more of those I miss, the harder it is to maintain momentum. It amazes me I’ve gotten this far. When this blog started, I didn’t think it stood a chance.
That said, now it’s time to finish some of the things I’ve started.
Remember that marathon? Well it’s a week from Sunday – and I’ve already paid for it. So prepared or not, I’m going to go out there and make myself miserable. Also, we will be updating the bucket list to say “finish” marathon, rather than “run” marathon. And that goal of one on every continent? Yeah, that one may be gone soon.
On a more interesting note, Location Rebel Academy, my community for those who want to run a business from anywhere on earth is well underway, and it’s the most excited I’ve been about a project since I started this blog. Next week (assuming I get it designed) I’ll be releasing a free ebook on the site, so I’ll keep you posted on the details!
Update: Actually we’re now up to over 2,000 members and SO many incredible success stories!
In the meantime, all I have to say, is whatever you’re doing – don’t f*&$ing stop. Keep going, see it through, and do the work, even when you don’t want to. You’ll be so glad you did.