Sept 21: That Inner Kid

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Sept 21: That Inner Kid

Celebrate the childlike mind
— Steve Jurvetson

It's Friday.

This weekend, we challenge you to make time to let go of your adult mindset, grab someone who makes you smile, and choose one way to reconnect with the kids you used to be. What did you like to do this time of year, growing up?

Do that.

Although growing, getting after what we care about, and moving towards the lives we want is some of the most important and powerful work we can do, its not everything. We don't need to take everything so seriously, all the time.

So make wonder, play and letting loose part of your weekend priorities. Get outside, or go somewhere you haven't been in awhile and do what feels fun. Play is one of the most powerful and life affirming parts of life that we often neglect in our adult lives. 

Not this weekend. 

This weekend, choose play.

For now, press play on this little tune to get your groove on this AM, and start planning...

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Sept 20: Nada

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Sept 20: Nada

Today, no Daily Dose.

Nada.

Zip.

Because you already know what you need.

Ask yourself what you need, what is holding you back, what you want.

What you don’t need is more ideas, information, and other people’s words telling you how to think or what to do. (I realize the irony as I type these very words. ha! )

So, turn inside right now, listen, and go after what you know to be true this AM

See how that feels.

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Sept 19: Time to Do You

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Sept 19: Time to Do You

What would feel really good this morning?

Forget the goals, the Summits, the long game. Just think about right now. What would be a really great way to start your day, today?

While Damn Early Days often focuses on goals, resetting routines, making the changes you want in life, steps towards the things that matter to you, sometimes it's just as crucial that we remember that what also matters in life is doing things because they make us feel happy. No bigger reason than that. Some things just matter because they feel good.

So this morning, if you want to keep after it with your Summit goals and morning plans, do it. If that feels good for you today, go all in on that.

But, if you feel like shaking it up, today can be a no-guilt Treat-Yo-Self day to put your Summit on pause and do things differently.

Shaking things up now and then, making time for play, is pretty damn important in our books for a life well-lived.

If you agree, here's your chance. 

Feel like Netflix binging an entire movie before work today? Do it.

Feel like playing video games, having a long candle-lit bath, or making weekend brunch on a Tuesday all before 9 am? Do. It.

If you have a DED friend in the city where you live, text them and meet up for coffee and sunrise.

Do only what feels good this morning. Nothing less.

So. What do you want? Name it.

Today it's not about planning the rest of your life, it's about how you want to live this one morning. Right here, in the now.

Press play on Nina Simone, think about what would make this morning feel amazing. then get up and go.

 

  

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Sept 18: Master The Art of Negative Visualization

Sept 18: Master The Art of Negative Visualization

 
In [a premortem], we look to envision what could go wrong... before we start.

Far too many ambitious undertakings fail for preventable reasons.
— Ryan Holiday
 

I have a scenario for you to think about this morning.

To get the most out of it though, you will want to grab a pen and paper.

 

Got it? Let's go.

 

Imagine this: you are 95 years old, right now, sitting quietly, alone, reflecting in a chair in your living room, and you suddenly realize that your life has been a spectacular failure. 

 

What went wrong?

Really think about it--where did your life go wrong? 

 

Practice answering that question for a few minutes and write down what comes to mind.

You should come away with three things:

 

 

1 – A visceral and clear image of what you will want to have accomplished in your life by that point, and who you'll want to have become.

2 – A bunch of flashes of the obstacles that might derail you in your life if you let them, or aren't prepared for them.  A list of regrets your 95-year-old self has, looking back.

2.5 – A solid and growing list of "F*** Thats!" i.e. Get locked into a dysfunctional relationship? F*** That! Letting my fitness slide and being unable to travel later in life? F*** That!

3 – A mental framework on how you want to handle points 2 & 2.5 to ensure you pull off all of your to-do's in point 1.

 
 

Let this be your roadmap

This list can help you get clear on the steps you want to take this week, this month, or this year to take your life where you want it to go. When you imagine life from this future point, it's a powerful way to cut through alot of our inner BS and prioritize what matters most. 

 

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Sept 17: Let Go of Idea Debt

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Sept 17: Let Go of Idea Debt

Halfway point of this round of DED and I got a question for you:

Do you really care about your Summit?

I mean deep down, does it excite or compel you out of bed?

Is it an idea current You really wants, or is it something an older You wanted that you are trying to finally get around to?

DED is not about doing more, checking off To Do lists, or doing things we think we should. It’s about making time for what we REALLY want, and the things that make our lives feel good so that we can look back and feel we lived our lives on our own terms.

Do you have ideas you know you want, and you have thought about, but just haven’t managed to get rolling with?

Enter the concept of Idea Debt, and how to get out from under it’s weight.

It’s an idea coined by American graphic novel author Kazu Kibuishi and boy can it hold us back.

Here’s a 4 minute post about it, see if you can relate:

your challenge this AM: Get Clear on Old Ideas to make Way for new

Take 5 minutes, put pen to paper, and list out your summit and other goals you have for the rest of 2018.

Which ideas have you thought a ton about but never acted on (yet)

Ask — Do I really want them? If no, that’s great. Give yourself permission to let them go. They were ideas from the past. If yes I want them, why am I actually stalling on this?

What’s one thing I can do today to start?

Where have I been putting off little things that actually put your bigger dreams on hold indefinitely?

Do it now, or let it go.

Don’t let old dreams and idea debt hold you back today.


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Sept 14: Let's Reflect

Sept 14: Let's Reflect

As we roll into the end of the second week of the program, we want to take a moment and acknowledge what we all have collectively done these last two weeks.

Over the past two weeks, hundreds of you have committed to winning at your own game and dove into something that most are unwilling to.

You put what matters to you before the world had a chance to take that space away--or at the very least, tried. Perfection isn't the goal here. 

Maybe you are getting up and feeling good, or maybe it’s been really hard this month.

More than that though, you played a part in building a community spanning over 10 countries and almost every time zone. That means at almost any time of the day, someone around the world is getting up to get after it.

That's powerful and we want to thank you for your willingness to embrace that side of life. It isn’t easy.

We think that's pretty damn cool.

 

Before We Look Ahead

Before looking at what's ahead, it’s worth taking time to sit back and reflect on what just happened.

Most of us have a fear of slowing down – unwilling to stop long enough to let what we’re doing catch up to us. Maybe this is because we don’t want to confront how we spend our time or maybe it's scary to pause and go under the layers for a bit. But if there’s anything history has taught us, it’s that slowing down to reflect only helps us move faster, further, and most importantly - more purposefully.

your challenge - take 5 minutes to to reflect on what these last two weeks have been for you.

We're serious. 

It's simple, but powerful. And no matter how many times you have done DED, this makes a difference.

It will not only make a big difference in the rest of your Damn Early Days experience this month, but if you incorporate reflection into your life, it will have a huge impact on where you end up.

To get you started, we got some simple questions... look up from the screen and think about each one, write them down, it's up to you.

Here we go.

Questions Worth Thinking About

Keep in mind these are just a guideline to get you started. Your reflection is an exercise in asking the questions you care about.

About Damn Early Days:

Ask yourself:

  • What have you gained from waking up early this month?

  • What are your biggest struggles so far? Are they the same or different than past rounds of DED?

  • What positive stories have you been telling yourself throughout?

  • What self-defeating stories have you been telling yourself throughout?

  • Do you feel you're getting closer to what you want?

  • What differences do you notice in your life, routine, and mood before and during Damn Early Days?

  • What emotions have you gone through this month? What caused them?

  • Were there mornings that were particularly tough? Why?

  • Were there mornings that were particularly enjoyable? Why?

Looking Forward:

Ask yourself:

  • Put yourself in your own shoes at the end of Damn Early Days this month. What do you want out of this? What defines “success”?

  • What do you want to feel at the end of this?

  • What do you need to do next week to move yourself closer to your own success?

  • What can you carry into next week that you learned this week? What can you drop?

  • What’s the top priority in your life right now?

  • How can you use Damn Early Days to focus on it?

And of course...

Sept 13: Defining Your Fears

Sept 13: Defining Your Fears

What are you afraid might happen in your life if you don't play your cards right? 

What do you avoid if possible?

Fear is something that every single one of us has, and it can be a crippling or fueling force in our lives if we let it. Sometimes, focusing on that fear might actually help us to reach our goals and create the life we want.

How?

Click play on this Ted Talk by Tim Ferris, American author, self-proclaimed "guinea pig", and public speaker. You might have heard of him through his best-selling book 'The 4-hour Workweek" a few years back. We follow alot of his work here, around Chasing Sunrise HQ.

If you ‘ve read his ideas on fear before, click play to review it again. If this is your first time thinking about fear in this way—we hope it offers you value in even a small way. He offers a different way of looking at fear, and shows how focusing on it and defining it may in fact be just what we need to do. 

Sept 12: Stop. Just Slow Down.

Sept 12: Stop. Just Slow Down.

Stop scanning this.

Sit here for a second, grab some headphones, and press play on this track. The answers we need this morning aren't found in a Daily Dose.

Listen. 

Look at what's going on inside right now.

 
 

Stay with the feeling of it.

Don't let yourself think about it. Just sit with that.

With all the temptation to get shit done, this is usually the hardest work we've got to do. But it's also the realest.  

So do yourself a favour, sit with that feeling long enough for it to unwind a bit, don't get caught up in the story, and your raw self will start to show up. That's you. That's the person who brought you here in the first place. That's the person who will take you where you actually want to go.

Stay connected to that. 

Sept 10: What Do You Need?

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Sept 10: What Do You Need?

When it comes to friends, lovers and family, we are used to reaching out and asking them---

"What do you need?"

"How can I help you right now?"

But how often to we ask ourselves those simple but essential questions?

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That's what I thought.

Ask yourself--why is this

Why don't we have the habit of asking ourselves "what do I need" as often as we do for others?

Why ignore this in ourselves, or avoid the answers? 

There can be a misconception that talking about our needs is 'admitting' we don't have it all together, that we aren't ok.

But in fact, needs aren't about lack. It's the same way that a plant needing water and sun to grow isn't a weakness, or a lack. It's essential to it's chance to thrive, to its very survival. So too are our needs. 

So today, your challenge is to sit for a minute and ask yourself:

What do I need this morning?

Let a few answers bubble up, without judgement. Sit with those thoughts and feelings -- needs can feel vulnerable to face at first. 

Only when we accept 'this is where I'm at this morning, this is what I need', can we take real steps to meet those needs. Otherwise, it's all too easy to let old habits creep in that mask things. and distract us from what is actually going on inside.

So, what do you need?

If it helps, list it out on a paper or in your notebook.

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I'll wait.

Now, choose the most pressing one, or a few smaller ones. Write one thing you can do this morning to meet that need.

Then: Take Action. Do that one thing.

Feeling exhausted mentally, and just need empty, quiet space? 

  • Embrace empty, guilt-free space this morning.
  • Meditate
  • Take a hot bath and soak in that peaceful silence
  • Go for a walk with your coffee --in a real mug. I'm serious, try it.
  • Sit and write
  • Watch the sky come alive as the sun rises outside your window

Feeling stressed in your space?

  • Tidy your bedroom. Make it the most zen it's been in a long time. Put those clothes where they belong. Make your bed. ...Whoa, is this a boutique hotel? No, it's just your room, but better. 
  • Finally clear and sort those papers and stacks that have been piling up in other rooms.
  • Set a timer and see what a difference 10 min of tidying can do. If it felt good, do another 10 min.

Feeling lonely?

  • Reach out to a friend or coworker and make plans, send them a message.
  • Look up and join a few new events and groups where you can meet others who want to connect like you do. Try sites like www.meetup.com
  • Call an old friend or family member who makes you feel good whenever you catch up.

Feeling stagnant, restless in life?

  • Move. Gym, Yoga, dance in your kitchen while you make you coffe, just move. 
  • Try a podcast this am. Try This American Life
  • Find a few library or audio books online that you want to read, and get them. Need a good book to try? Ask the DED Facebook group for recommendations. 
  • Watch a Ted Talk, or a documentary online. Ask the DED community for their faves. 
  • Reflect and write a plan about where you want to go/grow. 
  • Feed your mind

The key is to make this simple question a daily habit --

checking in with ourselves, how we are doing, and getting good at knowing and giving ourselves what we need. A little every day. 

See what it feels like to do that more, and put your own oxyen masks on before helping others. I'm willing to bet that before long, you will have so much more of yourself to bring into the rest of your life.

While you think about what you need, and plan one thing to do this morning, press play below on your morning jam .....  

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Sept 7: three words to start the day

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Sept 7: three words to start the day

you are enough

In our daily lives, and often in our DED mornings, we may feel we need to DO more, work more, check more off our list, be productive, reach goals, hustle and hustle harder.... all as a way to prove... what, exactly?

How do we feel when we fall short of our own expectations? We often tell ourselves " I didn't do enough, I'll just do better, I'll do more tomorrow".

But you know what? 

you are already enough

So many of us think we need to do/be/try/achieve more in order to finally be worthy, be valuable, or show others and ourselves that we lived our life in a good way.

you are enough

You are.

This doesn't mean there isn't room to grow, or that you and your life are perfect. None of us is finished growing.  It means considering the possibility of shifting your foundational belief.

Consider instead, that you  are starting from a place of enough, of worthiness, rather than a place of lack and shortcomings. Growth, goals and achievements are not necessary to prove you are enough. You don't need to always do more to be enough. You already are--more growth and goals are just icing on this cake that is your life.

your challenge: Explore Your Goal Beliefs

What are your goals for DED this month?

Pull them out, take a look at them. Or if you don't have specific goals, think about the intention of what you wanted for your mornings this month.

Where did these goals or intentions come from---what core belief?

Ask yourself: in those goals am I standing on the belief that I'm already enough, or am I actually feeling inadequate? Did I feel I needed to fix something and that goal was  going to be my solution? 

What if you reframed your DED goals:

"I'm already enough, plus I want to grow by..."

See what it feels like to sit with the idea that you are not inadequate, that your cup isn't empty, that there's already alot inside.

What if goals were not about filling a lack or a void, but adding to an already abundant life?

Today, fully appreciate this morning for what you do, not dwelling on what you didn't manage to check off your goal list this week. This weekend, make a point of doing at least one activity that feels amazing. Treat yourself. When you wake up, trying reminding yourself that you are enough. See how it shifts your mindset when those are the first words in your mind. 

Our best lives are not a never ending list of goals and check-lists for self-improvement. Fully living happens when we step into who we really are and listen, instead of filling our time and our attention with the stress of improvement and productivity. Question any belief that you are in a place of lack. You are not lacking.  

You are enough. 

Bonus challenge today: Tell this to one friend who needs to hear this, too. 

Time for a morning jam to get you going...

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Sept 6: Morning Matters

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Sept 6: Morning Matters

So, almost through Week 1, and we're curious: have you nailed down your morning routine?

if so, awesome, how does it feel?

If not, also awesome--more chances to keep tweaking, keep trying, keep asking yourself 'what would make me feel like I was winning at my day every morning?" and soon you'll have a morning plan that's right for you.

This AM, we wanted to explore--what's everyone else doing to get after it?

While DED is a solo experience in some ways, it's built on the foundation that connection with others is the most impactful way to go. And so we have the online group and we see so many members meeting up or sometimes inspiring their roommates and family to make the most of the mornings together. 

We aren't looking for comparisons, but for many of us there is a genuine curiosity and desire to share what works for us, for others, and we thrive in those moments of 'wow, I hadn't thought of that' that happens when we share notes on our common goal together.

Enter best selling authors Benjamin Spalls and Michael Xander.

They interviewed 300 successful and downright badass individuals, exploring just that: how do you win the morning? These conversations led to their boo My Morning Routine: How Successful People Start Every Day Inspired.

Click this link to learn the 4 big lessons they learned, and try them for yourself. 

 Now the ball's in your court.

Come drop into the Facebook group and weigh in--what's one (or more) changes, rituals or habits you are doing lately that has turned your morning around. Offer ideas to anyone who is a bit stuck. Help each other along the way with this. Stoked to see what you have to say!

 

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Sept 5: Make Your Ritual

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Sept 5: Make Your Ritual

Yesterday we looked at morning routines, and the power of creating an hour that starts your morning off in a powerful way.

Today, we're going in a bit deeper. 

Step 1:

Look at the Power Hour ideas you wrote down yesterday (if you missed yesterday, here it is), or list out your morning routine if you already have one.

Does this list make you feel good, feel alive, start your day off with wins?

Or are they a list of tasks you need and should do before getting out the door.

step 2:

Ask yourself:

What, if I did it every morning, makes me feel like 'everything is as it should be'

(If you're thinking "... huh?" don't worry, keep reading)

Your morning coffee or tea? Meditation? Walking your dog? Make a list.

The things we build into our daily routine can be powerful, or they can feel mindless. This AM, we want to challenge you to really think about how you can make your routine a solid foundation of your day. 

This brings us to ritual. Not the fluffy kind, but a practical and personal approach and the science and neurology behind this rethinking and reframing of the meaning in the daily things we do. Read on....

So? Now the ball's in your court.

What in your morning routine could, or maybe already does feel like a personal ritual?

Find it.

Own it.

Commit to it.

And see how it can become a solid building block in your early mornings this month. 

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Sept 4: Win the Morning, Win the Day

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Sept 4: Win the Morning, Win the Day

In the spring mornings I would work early while my wife still slept. The windows were open wide and the cobbles of the street were drying after the rain.
— Ernest Hemingway

Before Damn Early Days, what did your mornings typically look like?

For most of us, it's a mix of caffeine, maybe grabbing some breakfast, making ourselves presentable and rushing out the door to work. To meetings, for kids, for everything we do out in the world. Or if we work from home, taking care of our daily obligations there. Maybe we take the dog out quickly, too. 

Far from recharging, to say the least. No wonder most of us don't like getting up early--to THAT. 

But what if we rethink what mornings can mean. What if mornings aren't about getting up in order to show up for the outside world, but it's a time when we get up in order to show up for ourselves. Afterwards, then, and only then, do we shift and show up for others.

What if the first hour of the day was protected, and prioritized, refueling our batteries and starting off our day feeling fulfilled, on course, and invigorated rather than rushed, late, or stressed. Added bonus: how would our days feel with and hour of WINS right out of the gate?

Looking at the ideas and intake forms a lot of you have sent in, we see that many of us are keen to create or perfect a morning routine that works for us--that really starts our day off right. 

Today's Challenge: The Hour of Power

If you have taken our Self-Care Challenge in July you might remember this concept, and we think it's so simple, but so good, that anyone in DED could benefit from trying this out. 

Think for a minute--what would make you feel on the ball, nourished, and centered if you did them every day? 

When you begin to think about building an hour that supports you, you will find there are many resources out there. But most of them are a variation on the Hour of Power. It's an idea created by Jack Canfield, best selling author "the Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be" and creator of the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" books (remember those?).

Simply put, it's creating and protecting 1 hour that focuses on you, in order to start your day off feeling recharged rather than running on empty. Imagine--what would the day feel like when your mind, body, and spirit are taken care of first. 

The premise is to spend 20 minutes taking care of 3 key areas of yourself so you are ready to step out and take on the rest of life. Take a look at these variations, and see if any combination feel right. Create your own Hour of Power, and adjust it as you need to this month. 


Mind/ Body/ Spirit


Mind


Spend 20 minutes feeding your mind. Try a Ted Talk, a podcast, or an uplifting or inspiring book. Absolutely no social media. Invest in material that feeds your mind instead. 

Bonus: did you know you can listen to youtube videos and audio on faster speeds? Just saying. More goodness, less time.


Body


Move. This could be taking a walk or job, walking your dog, or it can even simply be slowly stretching on a yoga mat. If you want to be really comfy, we won't judge--stay in bed and slowly stretch and twist. Wake up and use your body, rather than using it simply to rush out the door to work. 


Spirit (or the You deep down inside)


Writing, journalling, reflecting, writing about gratitudes

Meditation - more and more people are giving meditation a go. In our busy lives, simply the act of quieting your mind can be powerful. 

Popular apps can guide you through 100s of approaches to meditation. There are bound to be some that work for you. Try apps like Headspace, Insight Timer, or look up meditation courses near you or guided videos on youtube. Sometimes learning form a teacher can make all the difference for those of us who feel we just can't meditate. 

Or, for a simple challenge this morning, try this: What does the morning sound like where you live? Get a pillow, open your window or balcony door and sit on the floor or a spot near the window/door. If it's chilly, get a blanket.

Sit comfortably, eyes closed. Let the morning air in, and feel it fall down upon you.

Listen. To the city, to the wind, to anything you hear this morning, as the city is waking up.

Breathe. Deeply and slowly. 

Listen. When your mind wanders, that's no problem. Simply guide it back to listening to the morning. Try this for as long as you are comfortable, 10-20 minutes. See how it feels, I dare ya.


Build your own Hour of Power


Choose 3 areas that matter to you:

Writing/Reading/Moving

Journaling/Meditating/Reading

Body/Goal-Setting/Meal Prep

Yoga/Meditate/Cook

That's Important / That Too / Yes And Definitely That

What three areas matter to you?

If move is on your list, hit play and move around your kitchen to this morning jam below...


Do you have any favorite podcasts, books, or ideas for your Hour of Power?

Come share them on the FB, and get ideas from the community to add to your Mind list. 

 

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Sept 3: Open Yourself Up To What Could Be

Sept 3: Open Yourself Up To What Could Be

Day One. Here We Go. 

First things first, congrats on committing to yourself and continuing to build on what you have been creating, and taking the next steps towards making the reality you want – your reality. You've done it before and you keep coming back, and that's damn cool to see. 

As you scheme, dream and rise (or try to) each early morning this month, we want to encourage you to remember these two words: Stay Open. 

When we're open to what could be, we're truly alive.

Adventure, by nature, is about embracing the unknown, so as you go through Damn Early Days, let your walls down and explore the hell out of this life and this adventure. 

Almost counter-intuitively, one of the most important things we can do (temporarily) is drop who we think we have to be and explore who we could be or who we want to be. It's about letting go of the blocks, emotions, old mental patterns, and even identities that keeps us where we are.

Part of the reason for that is because our brain and body, by and large, works in the past. Even the "reality" that we think we are experiencing in our consciousness right now actually already happened about 80 milliseconds ago.

The point is that what we think reality is, is at best, a lagging interpretation of what's happening in the moment.

If we take our current state of feeling, thinking and being as truth, without constantly opening ourselves up to what could be, we're destined to become stagnant.

And none of us want that. 

Whatever we are holding onto is getting us further and further away from the life that could be out there.

So as you go through this, make some space for new experiences to come in and rock your world and don't be afraid to try on different things that might or might not work.

Let them shake you up and flip switches in your mind.

It's the only way to find out what you truly want.

You can live and mainly re-cycle the past or you can be open and true to living focused on the moment.

It's a subtle shift, but one that's worth everything as you go through these next 21 days. 

Now, with that, dive into your morning routine.

PS. Feel free to drop into the group and share how your first morning went. Your sharing throughout will help you and others get a better understand of what works, doesn't work, and what you need.

#MakeItCount

 
 

Sept 1: If You're Reading This...

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Sept 1: If You're Reading This...

THEY SAY "HOW YOU DO ANYTHING IS HOW YOU DO EVERYTHING"...

So if you're reading this damn early on the morning of Day 21, that says a lot.

And the fact that you are even here, doing DED. AGAIN. That says even more.

Take a moment and think about the last month – everything you've gone through, learned about yourself, struggled with, and accomplished. Even the small wins.

Think about all the things you've undertaken and come through on.

Think about the fact that through all the struggle, you are still here on Day 21, showing up.

That simple fact says more about you than any of your accomplishments over the past 21 days.

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For the last month you committed to something that most are unwilling to and because of that, have been able to put the things that matter most front and centre.

Take a moment and think about how that feels.

Sure, some days might have been harder than others, and hell, some days might have not even happened at all, but what matters is it's Day 21 and you're still here.

That deserves a damn big round of applause.

See, while the rest of the world is caught up in the notion that success is determined solely by how smart someone is, the fact is that we know that's not the case.

It's not raw talent, good looks, social intelligence, physical health or smarts that determines someone's success.

Nope. The single trait most highly correlated with success is grit.

And if you're here today, reading this, then it's safe to say that you have it in spades.

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Grit is the perseverance you have for your long-term goals.

It is your stamina. Your willingness to keep fighting.

It's sticking with your future that you one day will have, day in and day out – not just for a few days or a week, but for as long as it takes to get there.

It's the willingness to work as hard as you need to in order to make your future a reality.

It's living life like it's a marathon, not a sprint. 

And that's exactly what you've shown you've got.

If you're here today, reading this, then you have the most valuable asset you need to achieve what you want.

Think about that. That's powerful.

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Knowing that we only have one single request from you this morning:

Take some time to focus on how this last month has impacted you and to celebrate the fact that you're still here, persevering and getting after it.

You'll gain more from properly decompressing this today, than you will from any amount of work you do. So make a hot cup, sit, and reflect this morning. 

We want you to really dive in and understand how your month was. Dive into the emotions you felt, the progress you made, the places you stumbled, what you hoped for, didn't expect, and how you feel now.

How does it feel to still be here?

Explore the good, the bad, the ugly, and everything in between, because while this is the end of the first month of 21 Damn Early Days, it's far from the end of it all.

 

LOOKING FORWARD

Damn Early Days isn't just about 21 days, or getting up early – it's about life.

It's about being able to consistently focus on the things that matter. So naturally, as we came to the end of 21, a huge part of us didn't want it to end.

But thankfully, there's no awkward break up here.

We're stoked to say that we'll be keeping the vibes going high and the early AMs coming in fast this next month, starting in a few days. If mornings are working for you, the DED Alumni program might work for you. Damn Focused Nights is brand new program we've made for those of us who do our best when the sun goes down. No matter the program, we are committed to going deeper on the things we started and together we can keep this momentum going. 

Check your email from DED, or find all the sign up details here. Know that on our end, we're committed to keeping it alive and growing it with you. We want DED, this community, and any programs or tools we create for you to help you unlock what's inside and help you to build the life you want deep down. 

Now, it's just up to you.

So, what do you want?

Think about it, then get up and make it happen. 

You got this. 

 

 

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Aug 31: If You Can't Be Here Now, Will You Ever Be Able To Be?

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Aug 31: If You Can't Be Here Now, Will You Ever Be Able To Be?

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If you're like most of us, you spend a lot of your time focused on the future – thinking of where you want to go, what you need to do to get there and how fast you can make it happen.

It's the mindset of growth, development and innovation – and in a lot of ways, it's not a bad thing at all. It's the reason we grow, evolve and become better versions of ourselves.

It's what gives us purpose, aspirations and a reason to get out of bed at 4:30AM.

Hell, it's probably the reason you're here, right now, reading this.

But left unchecked, it also has a dark side.

In the pursuit of always wanting to get somewhere, we often forget where we actually are. The things happening around us and life as we are experiencing it – in this moment.

We get so blinded by where we want to go that we de-value where we are and the moments that are building towards our future.

We become so fixated on the end game that we forget to pay attention to the game we are in, right here, right now.

Rest assured – you lose nothing by making sure you spend time in this moment, focusing on where you are right now.

So, enjoy the work you're putting in today...
Enjoy the struggles you're enduring today...
Enjoy the investments in your future you're making today...

Even if they aren't exactly where you want to be – yet.

Know that all of them will add up to the future you want and you lose nothing by experiencing them, enjoying them and paying attention to them, today.

With an un-promised future, they are really all you got.

In the words of Alan Watts:

You can’t live at all, unless you can live fully now.
— Alan Watts

Take a watch. It's good.

Oh, and of course...

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Aug 30: Yes or No

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Aug 30: Yes or No

For the past thirty-three years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.
— Steve Jobs

Sometimes the simplest questions can be the most powerful.

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So. What's your answer?

Is it a clear and easy yes?

Or did your stomach sink a bit and a 'yes' didn't come so fast...maybe you felt no instead?

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No matter what your response was--sit with it, explore it, and let it sink in.

Of course we don't love every moment of our days, but at it's core, how do you feel about how you are spending your day? Maybe this answer may confirm what you know, or lead to other questions as you make choices about where you want your life to go in small ways or bigger ways. See where it takes you.

Add this question to your tool box, and pull it out now and then to checkin. The kinds of questions we ask ourselves, and those around us, are powerful, and can have big impacts on where we decide to go. 

Question for ya: do you have key questions, or a resource that has been impactful for you in your life? We want to hear about it.

Since we first began building the Damn Early Days program we knew we didn't have all of the answers on our own. We have been learning and growing right along with you. This community is a living, growing body of knowledge and experiences, connected to the many other voices, thinkers, experts and researchers exploring ideas that help people get where they want to go in their lives. We continue to collect and share these with you every day, and we are willing to bet some of you alot to share, too. 

Do you have a link, a killer song for a morning jam, or an idea or concept you think the DED community would like? Drop it into the Daily Dose link below, anytime.

We want to keep sharing more, from you, from us, to all of us, and sharing is caring. So, send us your gems and we'll get them out to the community. 

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Aug 29: You Get To Choose Who You Want To Be

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Aug 29: You Get To Choose Who You Want To Be

Here's a crazy think to think about –

You get to choose, fully and completely, who you want to be five years from now.

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Let that sink in.

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That choice is yours and yours alone.

It's both liberating and terrifying. Completely believable and completely far fetched.

In today's world, five years is enough time to change almost every aspect of your life.

Your career, your love life, your priorities, your schedule, your time constraints, your debt, your income streams, you name it.

All of those can be signficantly changed.

Knowing that, you have one simple question to ask yourself:

Who do I want to be in five years?

If you dedicate yourself to accomplishing one goal, I promise you that you can reach it.

This isn’t profound.

It’s not sexy either.

It’s really kind of boring, and it’s been said a zillion different times.

Yet here I am, saying it.

I used to think this idea was bullshit:

“There’s no substitute for hard work.”

I was convinced that, if I worked “smarter, not harder,” I’d be able to achieve success without breaking a sweat.

I thought people who worked long hours worked on the wrong things. I thought people who worked really hard were wasting their effort.

I was wrong. Very wrong. There really is no substitute for hard work.

(Do I sound old yet?)

Here’s what I mean:

The guy who has a “million-dollar idea” won’t succeed.

Everybody has a “million-dollar idea.” I’ll bet $20 you’ve got an uncle that looks at (insert product here) and says:

“You know, I had that same idea!”

Cool.

Success isn’t predicated on good ideas. It’s predicated on hard work.

For example:

Airbnb is a terrible idea on paper.

“Oh, absolutely! I would looooove to have strangers from the internet stay the night in my house!”

said no one, ever.

Now, Airbnb is worth over $30 billion.

I bet it took A LOT of hard work to convince people they should let strangers sleep in their houses.

Success is earned by the people who work late. People who work hard on the right things. People who wake up early and get after it, not because they’re “morning people,” but because they have a mission.

These people don’t have any tricks. It’s not that they know some secret life hack you don’t. It’s that they actually do the work.

See, I get caught up on how a lot.

“How did you write that article? Tell me your process!”

“Woah! How did you learn to do a backflip!?”

“How do you get up at 5AM every day!?”

But how doesn’t matter.

Do you want to know the real difference between you and the people who are achieving your dreams?

They do the work.

Again. And again. And again.

The first thing they wrote wasn’t an awesome article. It was probably a dumb squiggly crayon line on their bedroom wall.

They didn’t land a backflip the first time they tried. They probably flailed around like an idiot and almost broke their neck.

They don’t have a special trick that makes them SUPER ALERT when their alarm goes off at 5AM. They’re probably just as tired as you when you wake up.

But they don’t waste time worrying about how.

They just do it.

(I apologize for the blatant use of the Nike slogan, but you gotta admit: it fits nicely, doesn’t it?)

If you want to achieve your goals, you don’t need to work smarter. You don’t need a new strategy, a new hack, or a new how.

You just need to get out there and work. Everything else will come after that.

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And your morning jam, as you envision the future...

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Aug 28: Check Your Limits

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Aug 28: Check Your Limits

You cannot do anything great without aggressively courting your own limits.
— Aisha Tyler

This morning, pause and ask yourself--am I challenging myself, or am I in a comfort zone during these early mornings? Am I asking myself to stretch and grow where it matters, or am I playing it safe?

With a week left this month, it's important to pause, look and see where our limits currently are. Adjust things, push a little more to see if you can, see how that feels. 

If things are feeling good but still challenging, and you are making progress and growing where it matters to you, awesome! Keep on that path. 

If you realize you are no longer courting your limits and growing where you want to, maybe things feel routine or momentum has dragged, ask yourself a few of these Qs:

How do I want to feel by the end of this month?

What do I really want more of in my life?

Ok sure, but what do I REALLY want?

Where can I raise my standards for myself a bit more, have I been letting some things slide a little too long?

Add something new to the mix this morning, make a plan for tomorrow, and reset. 

Every morning is another opportunity to take steps towards the life that feels right for us. Don't let a single morning go by while playing it safe.

Make today's sunrise count, even in the smallest of ways. 

As the sun rises, here's your morning jam....

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