Yesterday while driving down the highway I was listening to Eric Thomas talk about The Power of 21. It really got me thinking that you can make major changes in your life if you’ll simply commit to doing something for 21 straight days
I’m my own worst enemy most of the time. I’ve struggled most of my adult life to be consistent with my actions. I’ll go headstrong into a project or goal for a week or so and then I fall completely off the horse and struggle to get back on.
WHY do I fail after starting to succeed? It hasn’t become habit yet. I haven’t done it long enough with enough consistency for it to become a TRUE habit
There’s POWER in Consistency.
I’m going to apply The Power of 21 to a few areas of my life starting today…
- Exercise: I’ve been “trying” to get back into P90x for a few weeks now. Some days I do it, some days I don’t. I find myself coming up with reasons I can’t do it one day and tell myself I’ll just do it the next.
TODAY I will workout for a minimum of 30 minutes every day for the next 21 days
- Business: I’ve seen some great success in my new business since starting it in October. The problem is I could have done better! Much like exercising I find reasons not to work my business every day. I tell myself I’ll work on it the next day even harder or I’ll do some bullshit activities that are “working” when they’re mostly just time wasters.
TODAY I will work on my business 7 days a week for the next 21 days regardless of where I am, what I’m doing, how I’m feeling. I AM creating massive success in my life and the lives of those around me.
- Nutrition: I’ve made HUGE strides over the past 2 years with my diet. We raise our own free range chickens & ducks for daily fresh eggs. We grow our own organic vegetables (and buy organic when we shop at the store). We don’t eat processed foods or carbs very often. We take a daily liquid vitamin, mineral, and antioxidant supplement that’s helped me avoid getting sick this flu season. Yesterday I realized that we aren’t applying the same healthy principle to a MAJOR component of our diet. MEAT. I’ve told myself we can’t afford to eat Organic meats. We eat meat at almost every meal. WHY? We don’t NEED meat at every meal. Lots of people get by without eating it at all.
TODAY I will not eat ANY meat for the next 21 days. After that I will only eat organic meats on a smaller scale. We will eat more wild caught fish and treat ourselves to a nice piece of organic meat a couple of meals a week. I know this is going to be a struggle because I refuse to add soy to my diet as a meat replacement. Nuts & beans will help me get through it. I WILL succeed and feel MUCH healthier in the end.
- Alcohol: I LOOOOOOVE good beer. The past 2 years I’ve discovered a whole new world of flavors & smells that I never dreamed existed in the world of beer. The downside is that I enjoy beer even more now. My enjoyment has become all too frequent as well. Beer is a HUGE reason I struggle with my weight.
TODAY I will not drink ANY alcohol until I leave for the Vemma Annual Convention in Las Vegas on April 3rd. What? Not 21 days? Nope! This is a personal challenge that I WILL take even further. After Vegas I will learn how to enjoy the good beers less often and on a smaller scale.
There’s a few people in my life that I’ve got to thank for giving me the courage and inspiration to move forward with The Power of 21.
Natalie: You’re my rock! You’re my WHY. YOU are the reason I work on being even better every day. I love you <3
Brian Cook: You’re a Rockstar! You’re an amazing friend and the best business partner anyone could ask for. You continue to be a daily inspiration for me. Thank you for showing me the light.
Jon Olson: You’re the man! Your personal journey with weight loss, nutrition, and exercise has been an inspiration. I never thought you’d successfully go vegetarian and still be there a year later. You’re awesome bro! I’m proud of you and the work you’ve done to get healthy.
Well, there it is… I’m being fully transparent for the world to see. I’m tired of the old me and the next 21 days are the first step in my journey to developing the habits I need to be the person I know is inside me.
Say goodbye to the old Jon Atwood. I’m burying this person today. You no longer control my life.
I AM a winner
I AM a voice of difference
I AM a messenger of hope
I AM a leader of possibility
I AM a solution to freedom
I AM a crusader for that which is good in the world
TODAY I choose to take control, refuse defeat and have the resolve to do more, be better, rise above, and accept winning as a way of life
TODAY I take responsibility
TODAY I have confidence
TODAY I choose happiness
TODAY I challenge YOU to The Power of 21