15 days ago we started this challenge because something inside of us told us we wanted more.
You might have had a clear idea of what this was or you might not have been totally sure – either way something deep inside you told you you wanted more out of yourself – out of life – and you felt that waking up at 4:30AM was going to help you get there.
For some this might have seemed just a little crazy and for others, seemingly impossible and insane.
Either way, we all had questions flying through our minds: Can I do this? How hard is this going to be? Am I going to enjoy this at all? Will I be able to rise to the challenge? What if I fail?
We all stared straight into these questions, and were face to face with the fact that we are reorganizing our entire lives. Our social lives might get messed up. Our sleep habits will have to change. We'll have to give up a bunch of the distractions we come to rely on for comfort each day. Hell, we might even become the grumpiest version of ourselves until we adjust... if we even can adjust.
At that time, looking at all of these discomforts and challenges, we decided to jump in anyways. Two feet first.
Why the hell did you commit to this?
Stay here for a second, because 15 days ago something inside of you felt a feeling strong enough to compel you to commit to this. Through the doubts. Through the questions. Through the challenging reality you knew lay ahead. Deep inside, you had your why. It was something burning deep inside that you believed in, and you wanted it more than you wanted to be comfortable.
And now here we are: Day 13. Tired and uncomfortable with 8 days still ahead of us.
In this moment, we're experiencing all the uncomfortable things and feelings we knew we would experience as we pursued the people we wanted to become. The only difference now is that the feelings of discomfort are real, rather than just stories we made up in our head about the future, and we need a WHY big enough to pull us through.
So here's your challenge:
Reconnect with your why. We don't care how you do it – just make it happen.
Who do you want to become. What do you want to accomplish. What do you want to prove to yourself more than you want to continue living the same way you were.
Spend time getting back to the place that convinced you to dive into this in the first place.
Write it down. Print it out. Tape it to your bedroom door. Put it on your bathroom mirror. Create a cellphone background with it. Repeat it 100 times.
And most importantly, tap into it and remind yourself every single day, because that is fuel.
As we push through the last two weeks of 21 Damn Early Days, your why is what will take you straight through to the end. More than that, your why is what will help you continue to let that fire burn long after this is over.
Reconnect with it and the rest will fall into place.