On Wednesday of this week, I joined two of my friends in an endeavor known as “75 Hard”. For those of you who do not know, 75 Hard is a simple, but not easy (as the name suggests), completion of tasks for 75 straight days. No compromises, no substituions. If you fail a day, you start over. It is a book by Andy Frisella. The purpose of doing 75 Hard is, “to win the war within yourself.” Ultimately, it is to improve yourself as a human being. The rules are simple: 1) Follow a diet, 2) One gallon of water/day, 3) Read 10 pages/Day, 4) Two 45 minute workouts, one of which must be outdoors, 5) No alcohol or cheat meals. That’s all there is to it. Pretty simple stuff.
Today is Friday, which means it is day 3 of the challenge for me. So far, it’s going pretty well. Going from working out two or three times a week to essentially 14 workouts a week is by far the most challenging part. However, at the end of each day, when I’m able to check off everything on the list on the 75 Hard App, I feel so proud of myself. Granted, it’s only been two days thus far.
I’m doing this because I’ve always struggled with being disciplined. Holding yourself to a higher standard is one of the biggest struggles for most people I would assume. Obviously, I can’t really know that; all I know is what I think and feel every day. When I think of people that inspire me, I think of disciplined people who have accomplished a lot over the course of their lives. The common theme always seems to come back to discipline. Top tier athletes, millionaires, renowned musicians, film directors, and even comedians. They’re all highly motivated and disciplined people.
If I could narrow down the reason why I haven’t been as successful as I thought/hoped to be by this point in my life, it would 100% have to be because of discipline. If I can complete 75 Hard, I can do anything.
I’ve always been a believer that people can do anything they really set their minds to. No matter what it may be. My life goal is to become the head coach of the USMNT. Is it going to happen tomorrow? Of course not. But, in my mind, there is absolutely no reason that it can’t happen eventually. I know what I need to do to get there, I just have to get to work. There’s a lot of work ahead of me, but life is kind of about work. A lot of people dream of not having to work and have a life without stress, but that’s merely a dream. If you didn’t have to work, life would get boring pretty quick. Putting in the work and achieving things is one of those things that makes life exciting. It creates possibilities and opens doors.
So long story short, this is why I’m doing 75 Hard. To better myself. To help instill that discipline. To help me become the man I know I can be. To better my life for myself, and for those around me whom I care deeply about. We owe it to ourselves and our loved ones to be the best possible people we can be.
If you want to try 75 Hard, download the app on the app store or on google play and start TODAY! Life doesn’t wait for us, so don’t wait on life. Get after it.