Today, I’m sharing a deeply personal aspect of my 75 Hard Challenge journey, prompted by the thoughtful questions many of you sent my way. Your curiosity has not only been appreciated but has also led me to reflect further on the nuances of this experience – particularly the aspect of dealing with self-doubt.
Facing the Giants of Doubt
Yes, I faced self-doubt. There were days when the sheer intensity of the challenge made me question my abilities. Could I really keep up with the rigorous demands of this challenge? The answer was in my heart – a resounding “Yes!” It was my commitment to break free from my corporate shackles and the hunger for personal growth that kept me anchored.
These moments of self-doubt were not just theoretical; they were real and tangible. For instance, there was a day filled with such exhaustion that I fell asleep during my second workout, a yoga flow session. Awakening to realize I had to do it all over again, tears of frustration and fatigue streamed down my face. I was so tired, yet I knew giving up wasn’t an option.
Another vivid memory was the challenge of drinking a gallon of water daily. One evening, I discovered I still had two full bottles left to drink. Achieving this feat meant facing the consequence of disrupted sleep due to frequent bathroom visits. These instances might seem small in the grand scheme of things, but they were monumental during the challenge, testing my resolve and endurance.
In retrospect, each of these moments of doubt and physical challenge were crucial. They were not just obstacles but opportunities to reaffirm my commitment to this journey of transformation and personal growth.
Transformations Beyond Expectations: Before and After
The 75 Hard Challenge was far more than a quest for physical fitness or weight loss; it was a profound journey of metamorphosis. The challenge prompted me to adopt new habits that were completely foreign to me. Altering my diet – saying no to bread, no sugar, no alcohol, meticulously tracking my water intake – these changes were remarkable and required a level of mindfulness I had never experienced before.
But the most significant transformation was internal. The goal was always a mental and emotional overhaul. Every day of the challenge, I reminded myself that this was more than just a test of physical endurance; it was symbolic of my break from the corporate world where I had spent 18 years. This company wasn’t just a workplace; it was a part of my identity, a source of deep emotional connections for which I am deeply grateful.
Participating in the 75 Hard Challenge signified the beginning of a new chapter. It was a demonstration to myself that I could succeed as an entrepreneur, moving beyond the security and familiarity of an 18-year career in a major organization. Completing this challenge was critical; it represented my ability to design and navigate the next phase of my life on my own terms. There was no room for doubt or giving up.
Now, at the end of this transformative journey, I feel a profound sense of accomplishment and readiness. The 75 Hard Challenge was a testament to my resilience and determination. It has equipped me with the confidence and mental fortitude to embrace my entrepreneurial aspirations. I now firmly believe in my ability to adapt, grow, and succeed. I can do it!
I hope to return in one year to discuss my business’s “real” results—this will be the moment of truth of before and after, not the one I got from the picture below.
Final Thoughts: Embracing the Challenge with a Compelling ‘Why’
As I reflect on the numerous questions and comments from many of you who are contemplating embarking on the 75 Hard Challenge, it’s clear that there’s a collective curiosity and eagerness to initiate this journey of transformation. It’s inspiring to see so many of you ready to challenge yourselves and seek change.
To those of you on the cusp of starting, wondering about the best approach to undertake this formidable challenge, my most crucial piece of advice is this: Find your ‘big why’. This journey, as I have experienced, is far more than just a regimen of physical activities and dietary changes. It’s a deep dive into the realms of self-discovery and personal evolution.
Your ‘big why’ should be a compelling reason that resonates deeply with you, one that’s stronger than any self-doubt or challenge you may encounter. It should be a purpose that transcends the mere practicalities of the tasks at hand. For me, it was about breaking away from a long-standing corporate identity and proving to myself that I could thrive in a new, entrepreneurial life. This profound motive fueled my journey, giving me strength and clarity, especially during moments of uncertainty and challenge.
So, as you stand at the threshold of the 75 Hard Challenge, ask yourself: What is your ‘big why’? What is that deep, personal reason that will drive you through the tough days and keep you committed to this path of transformation? Find that reason, and let it be the guiding light that leads you through this extraordinary journey.
The 75 Hard Challenge is indeed a test of endurance, but more importantly, it’s an opportunity for lasting change and self-discovery. Embrace it with a purpose that’s close to your heart, and witness how it transforms not just your body, but your mind and spirit too.
Stay tuned for more insights and stories as I continue to explore and share this incredible journey with you all!