Long time readers of this blog know that I’m a huge fan of Andy Frisella’s 75 Hard program. I’ve added the tasks from the program into my daily routine, and many of them have become habits. Without 75 Hard, I never would have transitioned from a 9-5 job (actually 7-6 job) to owning my own web design agency. So it excited me to learn about Live Hard – the yearlong version of 75 Hard. I’ll share some thoughts and tips (there are no shortcuts – shortcuts defeat the purpose of the program) along with all the details about the program below.
I’ve come across several articles and podcasts over the past week that mentioned gratitude as a great way to improve the quality of your life. I felt like God was trying to tell me something: be more grateful. I know a lot of self-help gurus push gratitude like it’s a miracle drug, but there really is some truth in it. Being grateful sets off a chain reaction for good things in your life. It gives you a better attitude which improves your interactions with others which leads to better things down the road. But enough about why gratitude is important – you probably already know it is, which is why you’re reading this.
Your comfort zone will hold you back if you stand by and let it. You’ll see opportunities pass you by left and right. There are few things worse than looking back at your life and regretting not taking a chance because it made you feel uncomfortable. Don’t let your comfort zone control you – step outside of it. There’s really one trick to crushing your comfort zone.
Do things that make you feel uncomfortable:
I’m not suggesting that you rob a bank or do something illegal. Instead, pick something that you know you should do, but are reluctant to do because of fear. Some ideas:
Who do you typically blame when something goes wrong? Do you accept responsibility or finds someone else to blame it on? Unfortunately, many people opt for blaming others rather than accepting responsibility. Yes, sometimes it really is someone else’s fault and they need to be held accountable. But when we are the ones that are responsible, shifting the blame to others is rarely the right thing to do.
We sometimes don’t have an objective view of the situation.
Depression and anxiety are some of the worst things we can experience. We all have a lot of good things in our lives, but depression acts like a carjacker by jumping in and speeding away with everything we should be joyful about.
We all get “the blues” from time to time where we’re just feeling off. If you’ve had days when you don’t want to get out of bed or don’t want to face the world, then you may have struggled with depression.
I go a for a walk first thing each morning and I like to listen to podcasts to help make the most of my time. There’s a podcast from Ben Lionel Scott that I enjoy listening to. The clips are short so I mix them in with the other ones I listen to. They are the audio from the amazing videos he puts on his YouTube channel.
I’ve heard too many stories over the past several years of people taking their own lives because of being in tough situations. Stress is at an all-time high – even before COVID-19 hit. People are working too hard, juggling too much and taking on more than they can handle. Life is certainly not easy.
I read through the daily Catholic mass each day, as many of you probably know. Whether you’re religious or not, you can benefit from what I’m about to share. Wednesday’s reading included the below passage from Acts 25-27: