Day 1 of the challenge is here. The day of reckoning has arrived. Do you go through with it? Put every bit of your strength and being into the pursuit of positive change in your life?
For me, the answer is yes.
Imagine that the ocean is the turbulence of your life lived recently, or so far. Deep, dark, constantly moving, with little sense of direction.
Day 1 is stepping out of the oblivion of upheaval, and onto the firm shores of terra firma. It’s making our first voyage into a positive net of altitude. We base all heights on Earth on their relative positioning to that of the sea. Why is that?
Because the sea is what we escaped. It is the biggest thing on this world. It controls our lives and can wreck them without a care.
We trek to the sea for enjoyment, relaxation, grounding. Because the sea is what we escaped. And is what we can return to if we are not careful. And we know that. Going to the beach is a reminder of how far we have come, and how far back we could fall.
My habits for this challenge are as follows:
- 4:30 A.M. Wake-Up. Every Day.
- If I don’t do a 4:30 wake-up, I am less likely to do the work required of myself to get better. I need that extra time. I will balance it with appropriate sleep, wherever possible. But even if sleep comes late, a 4:30 wake-up will still be required.
- My proof: A screen grab every morning when I wake up, with time and date from my phone.
- 5 Miles Rucked. Every Day.
- The most healthy I have been in the last 10 years of my life, was when I walked home from work every afternoon. It was 5 KMs. But we are in America now, so I am going with miles. Time to get back to healthy.
- My proof: A screen grab from MapMyRun or other app used to track distances covered. I may have to make it up through a few different journeys each day, but the total will be 5 miles or more.
- 50 Push-Ups. Every Day.
- It doesn’t matter if I do 50 consecutive push-ups, or if I do them 5 at a time. My goal here is to recover my strength and build the discipline of exerting myself every day, even when I can’t make it to the gym.
- My proof: I don’t really know how to “prove” this. It will have to be on the honor system.
- Drawing. Every Day.
- If I had a certain skill that I would like to improve most, it would be my ability to create art, both for purpose, and for a stress relief. My goal is to take this time for myself to focus only on the art. Take that break from overthinking. Hone my skills. Get better. Get productive. And maybe, profitable? We will see.
- My proof: I will show something I have drawn every day, even if it is unfinished or not up to my standards I hold for myself. This goal is about getting better.
- Journaling. Every Day.
- To be introspective, is to know yourself. Learn your own quirks. Get stronger mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. I will use this habit to examine my own missteps, define my passions, and build toward a better understanding of myself, and where I need to grow.
- My proof: I will share something from my journal every day. A thought or discovery or question based on my own introspection. The journal will be personal, so I won’t photograph what it is I write about. Perhaps these posts here on my blog can serve as proof?
The temptation with this challenge is to throw in 23 different things to do. But Rome wasn’t built in a day, and I won’t build habit in one day, especially when my focus is too scattered. With that in mind, I have held to only 5 habits to hit on my list of must-do actions.
What are your own habits? What are your struggles? What is your why?