Day 1: Getting Started With 21 Damn Early Days

If you're reading this damn early on January 3rd, you're doing well right out of the gate.

Welcome to Day 1.

Each morning, after checking in, you'll be directed to The Daily Dose (aka this) – a collection of some of the best science-backed material on how to create space for what matters to you.

It is a collection of written articles, curated blogs, videos, excerpts, ideas, and exercises that cover the many areas important to creating the life you want.

Our promise – all the material will be powerful and/or actionable. No BS, no fluff.

At any point in the program, you can see all previous Daily Doses here.

With that, let's dive into Day 1.


Understanding Why You Are Here

You committed to this challenge because something inside you told you you wanted more. More from life, more from each day, and more from yourself.

This morning, we're focused on that "why".

your first challenge?
Connect with why you are here.

Ask yourself:

  • What pushed you to commit to this program?
  • What convinced you to go through with it?
  • Who are you trying to become?
  • What do you want to accomplish?
  • Why do you want to accomplish it?
  • What do you want to prove to yourself more than you want to continue living the same way you were?

All six of those are powerful questions that will get you more in tune with what's driving you.

Before you do anything else, spend a minimum of 5 minutes thinking about and answering those questions. Write your answers down on a piece of paper. Review them. Play with them. And repeat until your answers feel right.

Once you understand them, grab a new piece of paper and write out very clearly why you are doing this. Any format will do, but it can be as simple as:


Then write it out on two or three more pieces of paper. Do it until it's engrained in you.

Tape those papers to your bathroom mirror, your bedside table, your laptop, or hell, take a picture and turn them into your cellphone background. Just make sure they are in multiple places you will see every day.

It might feel weird at first, but I want you to let go of any shame you feel owning the fact that you want to become something. Own it and most importantly, tap into it every single day of the program.



It's easy to be excited right here, right now, on Day 1 when everything is fresh and new. It's the beginning of the year, you're taking on a new challenge, and have all the motivation you need.

But somewhere along the way a day will come and you will stumble (trust us, it's inevitable). Life will get in the way, things will get tough, or you'll wake up "just not feeling like it". That snooze button can be convincing as hell.

The choices you make in that moment will define you.

They will either propel you to become the person you want to be or push you back to the person you were trying to change from.

In that moment, your ability to connect back to why this matters so damn much will be everything.

Start by getting deeply connected to it now and it will help make sure you don't lose it along the way.

It's your life source.


PS. Since it's Day 1, feel free to jump into the Damn Early Days community and say hi to the hundreds of other people around the world doing this.

If you're not sure what to say, just drop a note on why you are here. Connecting with other people that are here for the same reasons can be powerful.


PPS. We love seeing how you spend your mornings. Throw a few clips of what you're doing up on IG Stories using the hashtag #DamnEarlyDays so that we can follow along!


PPPS. Let's kick this off with one of our faves. Headphones in, volume on 10, let's go!

Jan2018Julian DeSchutter