The Compound Push-up Challenge


I recently finished reading Darren Hardy’s ‘The Compound Effect’ and wanted to implement some of the concepts into certain aspects of my life. Now to be upfront I’ll say that I’m taking a rather liberal interpretation of the compounding effect Hardy outlined, but it’s all about tweaking things to make them fit your lifestyle, isn’t it?

So one of areas I’m trying to improve is physical fitness. Getting myself to workout has become an increasing struggle every consecutive year since college. Like most people, the pendulum swings back and forth between super motivated and super lazy, and despite looking for ways to hack the system, I’ve never found something consistent. 
The strange thing is that I actually enjoy working out. Very much. Having played varsity football in high school and training with the professionals that managed the team, I’ve had an appreciation for weight lifting since I was first introduced to it. I love the burn of powering through a full body workout as much as the sting of the soreness the next couple of days. 

What I don’t particularly care for is the time it takes to drive to the gym or waiting around for weights to be free. So I’d like to focus on some body weight exercises for the next 30 days since there is no excuse for doing those.

The focus in case you haven’t already guessed? Push-ups.

So here’s the plan, let’s start with something relatively manageable – one non-stop set of 25 push-ups. The goal is to increase by 1 push-up every day for the next 30 days, so that by Christmas, I can drop down and do a set of 55 push-ups straight with no problem. Sounds simple right? We shall see but I’m excited about logging this challenge publicly as that will keep me honest about doing them every day. 
So here we go, day one starting now. Anyone care to join me? :)


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The Goal of Writing

Alright alright alright (in my best Matthew McConaughey impression)…

Well I made it to day 2 of this blogging thing which is always a good sign right? Awesome. Let’s do this!

So to conquer this blog monster which has been haunting me for several years now, I’m going to take inspiration and motivation from several key people. Just in the last few days, they’ve given me the drive to continue writing regularly.

The first is Seth Godin. I recently heard an interview of his on James Altechur’s podcast in which he stated (I’m paraphrasing):

“If you cajole yourself into speaking a truth, your truth, every single day, you will learn to dance with fear.”

This is directly in reference to writing every day. Just capturing your thoughts in the moment is actually a scary thought for people, yet most of the time we attribute not writing/blogging regularly to laziness or incompetence. I like Seth’s approach and I’m gonna roll with it. 

The second is Scott Adams, the creator of the comic strip Dilbert. He’s written several articles on writing but I think the inspiration I get from him is purely from the example he sets. Scott writes a blog post every day about whatever topic is interesting to him. Sometimes they’re long and in-depth, but other times they are short and sweet. He’s consistent though, and I respect that.

So that’s one of my first goals – which I’m actually pivoting too. When I set out to start blogging regularly, I wanted to write a new post a week. By changing it now to writing a little something every day, I think it takes away some of the intimidation I felt before of having to create some mind-blowing piece of amazingness every single week. Now, it’s just a matter of capturing my thoughts and bouncing the ideas off of the world (or at least the page). Much more manageable in my opinion :)

So here’s to day 2 – I’ll keep it semi-short and sweet!

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Back at it again

So here are again…

I keep promising myself that I will blog regularly and I just can’t seem to do it. But this time is different, this time I will…hopefully!

I’m going to take a different approach this time. I think the problem that I ran into before wasn’t necessarily not knowing what to talk about, but maybe being interested in more than just music and limiting myself to only writing about music. Yes, that was a major run on sentence, but I don’t care. I understood it, and I’m pretty sure you did too, right? 😉

That’s another difference this time around. I’m just going to pretend that nobody is reading this…because nobody probably is. It’s just you and me!

Alright alright, that’s enough of that. Where do we go from here? Plenty to catch up on but I want to save that for future posts. The main thing I’m going to touch on today is goals and the annoying task of setting them. 

I’ve never been much of a goal-setter, at least not in the sense of overall life plans. I always hated the question, “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?”. But maybe that’s because I never wanted to think about it, I was too wrapped up living in the here and now – although I also believe that was a deflection on my part to just avoid the question. You can still live in the moment while thinking about tomorrow, it’s just a matter of mindset. 

Let me be honest and say that this is out of my comfort zone in terms of trying to navigate the weirdness that is my life. I recently turned another year older and realized I wanted to start tracking the progress I was making in life – both personally and professionally. I know some people grow up with the mentality or learn it in school, I just wasn’t one of them. 
What I started doing last year was listing out as many goals for myself as the age I was turning. Each following year, I would increase the number of goals by one. So for example, if you turn 25 then you set 25 goals, and the following birthday you set 26. The concept behind that is that life should be expansive as we go. Even if for some crazy reason you don’t accomplish ANY of the goals you set out to do for the year, you can keep those all for the next year and are still required to add a new one on. Like I said, expansive – exactly how life should be lived!

Well I’ll leave it at that for now. I’ll share some of goals I’m setting out to do for the next year in upcoming posts. Are you a goal setter though? I’d love to hear any tips and strategies you use!


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