day 1

While on my flight to Vancouver, I checked out Instagram and watched Andy Frisella’s story. He was ranting about people that make excuses why they quit instead of owning the truth: They are full of shit and liars. They lie to themselves. 


Deep down, you know. You know the voice that’s been talking to you in the back of your head. The one you’ve been ignoring. You hear it, but for whatever bullshit reason you tell yourself today, you’re going to ignore it again. 


You know what’s easy? Being judgey and critical. I was in the fitness center at the hotel in Whistler for the Aréte Syndicate winter gathering. I knew a bunch of the people in the group were doing #75hard (which requires two 45 minute workouts each day – one being outside). I stood there looking at all of the treadmills full of my Aréte brothers and sisters and thought: 
If I was doing 75hard, I would do my outdoor workout first thing in the morning to get it out of the way. 


As soon as I thought it, I stopped myself and my next thought was: 
Who the fuck are you kidding? You AREN’T doing 75 Hard because of all the dumb reasons you tell everyone when they ask. You honestly are full of shit and you just don’t want to do the mental work required to be successful at the program. It’s so easy to be critical of what everyone around you is doing to distract yourself from the actual work you’re avoiding doing in your own life.


I sat there for a while with those feelings reflecting on all the times I’ve been really good at quitting throughout my life. Starting shit is easy. Pushing it to 80-90% is fun. Getting a project to the finish line is hard. It’s not fun. Typically 90-95% is good enough to be “done” on pretty much everyone’s standards. I know the truth though. 


The truth is that 75 Hard isn’t a physical challenge even though there are two workouts a day. It’s a mental challenge. I can see it from 10 miles away. And it scares the shit out of me. 


I’ve read the testimonials of those that have finished the program. I have friends that have done it and talked about the real challenge. You versus you. The REAL battle. Getting that bitch voice in your head to stfu. 


I know that doing this program is exactly what I NEED to do. 


If for no other reason than the fact that I really don’t want to do it. 


So today is day 1 of my journey to becoming the most elite version of myself. I’m not calling it day 1 of 75 Hard. It’s day 1 of the start of the rest of my life, the best of my life. 


I’m full of shit, but this version of myself will own his bullshit

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