Nov 5: Stay Open, Get Clear

Life, Damn Early. Here We Go. 

First things first, congrats on committing to yourself and taking steps towards making the reality you want – your reality. 

We’re taking the structure of Damn Early Days, and building on it for those in the community looking for more. You are part of this. What you want and need in order to get to your next level—matters. And we’ll be focused on getting your feedback and ideas as we create this, to help get you where you want to go. It’s not a set program like 21, but one based on you. It’s creating the lives we want, a bit every day, together.

Every morning we will send you a text message on your phone, you check-in, and unlock this DEL Daily Dose content. Read it, take from it what you need, then focus on you for a few hours.

Closer to bed time we'll text you one more time to Check Out, help you wrap up and get to bed. No one does well on sleep deprivation. And, as you’ve probably felt before—win at bedtime, and you’ll win the morning.


Maybe you have clear plans and goals for what you want to do this with time, or maybe you know you simply want to dedicate time and space to slow down and figure it out.

Both approaches are valuable.

Keep in mind, this is not about doing 'more'. It's not about hustling to do more each day. Simply put, more isn't better.

This is about hitting pause on the distractions and choosing to spend some of the time you have on what you really want. Sometimes that means action on a project, sometimes that means soaking in the slowness of this time. So don't feel the need to fill every second of your DEL time with more. Instead, fill it only with what matters, and block out everything else for a few hours.

This is your time. The world can wait.


With the Daily Dose ideas, articles and challenges we send you, you always have a choice--deep down ultimately only you know what you need. You can do some, none, or all of them and then choose again the next day.

Whatever you choose to do with these mornings, we challenge you: go all in.  Go all in with every minute of time you carve out in these mornings.

The more you put in to prioritizing and exploring you in this program, the more you will get out of this. 

When you do the writing prompts and challenges— really do them. Do the work.

It can be easy to read a question on your phone and think about it for a minute, and then tell yourself "yup, I did the work, I know my answers".

But there is something very different that shifts in us when we put pen to paper and writing out what we really think about with a question or when we make a real list. Thinking about the answer isn't enough. We’ve seen the difference and impact in DED members who write and really do the work to get clear about themselves and the lives they are building. So write, cross it out, erase, until you get it right.

This opportunity, this program, will only work if you do. 

Your Challenge:

get clear

(or at least, start)

grab a pen and paper and actually write out the answers to:

What do I actually want?

Why did I really sign up for this—deep down, what am I looking for that I hope this program and community can help me with?

What do I want to prove to myself more than I want to continue living the same way I was in October?

At the bottom, finish with these two words:

Stay Open. 

Sounds simple, but it's not easy. So often we think we need to plan and control things int order to make 'progress.' But in fact, when we're open to what could be, we're truly alive.

As you go through Damn Early Life, let your walls down and explore the hell out of this life and this damn early adventure. We’ll be emailing you to ask what you want and need in life right now — keep those walls down and let us know what’s on your mind.

As you go through this, make some space for new experiences to come in and rock your world. 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 about letting go of the blocks, emotions, old mental patterns, that keeps us where we are.

It's the only way to find out what you truly want, and become who you really are. Stay open.

So with that, dive into your morning, start building a routine that feels good or build on one you have going--we'll have some more tips on that tomorrow.


And here’s a morning jam for ya to get things rolling…

Gordon Swenson