Before we dive into this, there's a couple important things we want to go over. Take a read through, understand them, and keep them front of mind as you go through the program.
1. This Is Not About "Hustling".
There's a lot of talk these days about hustling, so first things first, let's get this out of the way...
Damn Early Days is NOT about that.
The hustle has become synonymous with the grind. Pushing through pain and exhaustion in pursuit of a bigger carrot, sacrificing the choice bits of the human experience to climb some arbitrary ladder of success.
We don't connect with any of that.
Instead, Damn Early Days is about finding spaces in your life each day that allow you to focus on what matters to you. It's about being able to build a routine in the midst of whatever life throws at you, where you can go be present to the things you care about.
2. It won’t be easy. You will stumble. That's okay.
Like all good things, this will be a challenge.
In a really short period, you are bucking all the habits that keep you where you are at in life and building new ones that allow you to experience life differently.
Accept that you will stumble throughout. What matters isn't perfection. What matters is that you keep pursuing the things that matter.
Throughout it, remind yourself why you're doing it, rely on the support & accountability around you, and be willing to experiment with different things that may make it easier.
Give it everything you got (actions speak louder than words), and if you stumble, let go of any guilt you feel and be willing to get right back on track.
We’ve been there, we know how it is, and we know you can get through this.
3. Understand why you are doing this.
This is the most important things to know. It's your lifeline when things get tough.
Take time to understand and dive into why you are doing this.
Write it down. Keep it close.
Look at it before bed and when you wake up. Refer back to it again and again (and again), especially on nights you don’t want to go to bed and on the mornings you don’t want to get up.
Early mornings will help you get after life. With Damn Early Days, you’re getting up because you want to, not because you have to. That’s a simple, but insanely powerful feeling. It gives you a sense of control over how you spend your day and sets the right tone for the rest of it.
By waking up hours before the world, at the end of each week, you are essentially giving yourself an extra day to live. This is the 8th day of the week that people dream they could have, and you're getting it for yourself.
Make the most of it.
take a few minutes and write down why you are doing this.
4. TREAT THIS AS AN experiment.
If you’ve never done this before, treat it as an experiment that lasts for 21 days.
The purpose isn’t just to get up damn early, it’s to find a lifestyle that fits you – and let's you focus on what matters.
During your 21 days, experiment to see if it's a lifestyle that fits you. By committing to this whole-heartedly, you'll know whether or not it's for you.
At the end of it, if you hate it, at least you can say you have done it and know it’s not for you. Unlike all those people who say they never could, but haven't tried it for a day of their life! #dontbelikethem
5. Let go of your expectations AND BAGGAGE
If you’re like most people, you’ve spent years cultivating a “mornings are evil” attitude.
With the stress of work/school/society, it’s basically been forced on us since we were 5. By the time we’re young adults, we’ve built this mechanism of hitting snooze 20,291 times, dragging our ass out of bed, making coffee, and stumbling into work.
Let all of that go.
Throw away every misconception instilled in you since grade school and start 21 Damn Early Days with a clean slate and open mind. That mindset will make it a hell of a lot more enjoyable and let you show up the best you can.
By the end of it, you’ll realize, like we did, that it was completely wrong. People just aren’t starting their mornings the right way, and there is so much more to be gained than just a couple hours.
Set your intentions for the day, crush your goals, and carry that momentum forward into all areas of your life.
Find your expectations and baggage and drop it.
6. You’re not in this alone.
We’re all going through this together.
Use the Facebook Group as a place to share your thoughts, triumphs, things that helped, and struggles.
We want to know, and we are sure others in the group do as well, what your thoughts and feelings were and if they are the same as ours.
Don’t be the person in class hoping somebody else raises their hand and asks a question that you want to know the answer to.
Take the initiative, step up, and ask away.
We are in this together, and it’s through sharing our experiences that the whole process gets easier for all of us.