True Grit
Transformation Magazine|August 2020
True Grit
Are you ready to start living your life with InteGRITy?
Dr. Bryan Hawley

If you are like me, you have been blasted from every angle about the COVID-19 crisis, from TV, radio, Internet, family, friends, dogs, cats, goldfish; even our mailman stopped me while I was mowing the lawn to update me on the latest stats. I know they all mean well, but living in a world as beautiful as ours with unlimited opportunities, I choose to focus on the positive. Of course, I recognize the situation and its seriousness, but I am not focusing my energy on it. Instead, I decided to undertake a new challenge that was guaranteed to change my life, my business and my outlook.

It’s called 75Hard, and it has a lot to do with GRIT. What is Grit and what does it have to do with life and business?

While I don’t want to talk about the program in detail—so we can focus on the lessons I am learning from it—I do need to give you a quick overview. In a nutshell. 75Hard basically is designed to promote “mental toughness.” For 75 days you work out two times a day, 45 minutes each time. One workout has to be outdoors. You can pick a diet or your choice, weight gain, weight loss, energy, carb, no carb—but you don’t waiver and no cheat meals and no alcohol. You take a picture of yourself every day and read 10 pages of a nonfiction, real-paper book every day. I am choosing self-help, inspirational topics. If you mess up, read only nine pages, workout 43 minutes, forget a selfie—anything—you have to start all over.

So why did I undertake this challenge? The same reason people climb Mt. Everest—because it’s there. This is something that I wanted to prove to myself I could do and would hold myself accountable. It teaches or reinforces paying attention to the little things, like taking a selfie everyday (I almost forgot that one the other day; just not used to doing it).

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August 2020