The Journey Day 14 — The First SCOREBOARD

Confession Time: I’m a Scoreboard watcher. Always have. Always will. I want to know how many points I have. I want to know how many points the other guy has. After all, that’s how you win. You score more points than the other guy.

Of course, I’ve read about the other ways of doing it. Primarily, Flawless Execution. You learn your craft and you go out there and you flawlessly execute regardless of the score. That’s called Mastery. That mindset, that way of going about your business, has worked wonders for Nick Saban at the University of Alabama. It also worked for centuries for a group of people called the Samurai, the warrior class of feudal Japan.

I’ve tried that path. Mastered several things, including how to throw a 90-mile-an-hour fastball, Creative Design, and Marketing. Did that ensure that I won? No. Not in any sense. Did I win awards? Did I win accolades? Yes. But it doesn’t ensure team victory. And to me, that sucks. The only reason I play the game is to win. As Andy Frisella says, #100-0.

I”m sure Saban doesn’t leave it at personal mastery — I can’t see him winning all those championships without also integrating the team aspect, so I’m not trying to compare this shit I’m going through with the University of Alabama.

But what I would like to emphasize is that TEAM MATTERS. Teams win championships. Teams have more points on the scoreboard than the other guy. Sure, I believe in individual competition and individual accomplishment. That’s why I Tri. But the only thing to me that’s more fulfilling than winning as an individual is winning at a team.

So, for now, this is an individual challenge, an individual scoreboard. But I definitely want to move this toward a team venture. Here’s hoping we can accomplish this in the future.

All that said, let’s get on with the Journey Scoreboard. I hope that these “rabbit trail” posts will be seminal for me–that they will provide clarity to me on why I do this shit and in the long run, I hope that they will provide clarity for you, dear ENM follower, so that you can understand why you should try doing this shit too.

Here we go…

75HARD. 
We just completed day 11 of this bullshit:

  • Diet. Zero cheat meals. Zero alcohol.
  • A gallon of water drank a day
  • 45-minute AM Workout. 45-minute PM Workout. One workout must be performed outside.
  • Read 10 pages of a non-fiction entrepreneur book.
  • Progress picture every day.

SCOREBOARD: Crushing it.

Don’t get me wrong. There’s not a moment of the day where I don’t think about scenarios that would cause me to fail this course on Creating Mental Toughness. Fortunately, in this course, to fail means you just have to go back to day 1. That’s one of the intriguing and endearing aspects of 75Hard. But I’ve come so far. I really, really, really don’t want to go back to day 1.

Here are some of the things that I think about as I go through my 75Hard day:

Illness. Hell, I quit on day one because of a bad cold.

Something worse befall me. A hear attack. A stroke. A bad diagnosis. A car wreck. The death of a loved one. Hell, I’m 55 out here doing this shit, that’s the reality. But it’s the reality for everyone of you, too, whether you’re in your early 20s or an old geezer like yours truly.

A delay. You know what I’m talking about. Life simply gets in the way. It’s possible. It’s a fear. It’s a potential reality. Will I have the toughness to get home at 3 am in the morning because life got in the way, knowing I still have to get the workout in, the picture in, two more bottles of water in, before I lay my head down for the night? I simply do not know and I don’t want to know.

Prognosis: One day at a time. One hour at a time. One moment at a time. Like a previous mentor once told me in my youth: “All you can do is all you can do. Just make sure what you’re doing is all you can do.”

Recommendation: I touch on this in one of my early posts and I’ll repeat it here: This program is enough. Should you decide to take on this challenge, boil your life down to its essence: Do your job. Do your family responsibilities. Do the program. It is enough. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think I’ve bitten off more than I can chew by doing this program and doing all the other shit I need to do to be successful.

My own personal goals, or my BHAGS (Big Hairy Audacious Goals):

  1. I am a man after God’s own heart.
  2. I am a world-class athlete. 
  3. I drive a world-class $100M publishing business.
  4. I help drive the company I work for to $100M. 
  5. emptynestman.com is the marketing machine that drives the $100M publishing company. 
  6. I am the best man, father, and grandfather I can be.
  7. I am one bad-ass motherfucker.

This is the shit. The stuff that’s important to me. The shit I want to get accomplished before I cash in my chips. This list is not your list. This is my list. Get your own.

I’m going to show you how you get your shit done by getting my shit done.

One of the ways I’m going to show you this is through Scoreboard installments.

After all, you don’t wake up one morning and all of a sudden you’re captaining a $100M publishing company.

You’ve got to work at it. One day at a time. One bite at a time. Just like you eat an elephant.

One of the things that will continue to motivate you (and me) to keep going, is by tracking progress.

That’s what the Scoreboard will feature–what are we getting accomplished toward the BHAGS?

That said, this is what I’m tracking regarding my personal BHAGS:

  1. I am a man after God’s own heart.
    MAGOH: Meditate/Visualize every day.
    Status: Haven’t implemented yet. Once listening to scripture becomes a habit, this one is next.
    MAGOH: Continually beef up my daily prayer regiment.
    Status: Haven’t implemented yet. Once listening to scripture and meditation/visualization become a habit, this one is next.
    MAGOH: Memorize Scripture
    Status: Haven’t implemented yet. Comes after implementation of what’s above. But I know where I’m going to begin:
    Psalm 100
    Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.
  2. I am a world-class athlete. 
    WCA: Half Ironman Triathlon (70.3)
    WCA: Ironman Triathlon (140.6)
    WCA: Complete 112 mile bike ride (31.0)
    WCA: 26.2 miles walk/jog/run (2.0)
    WCA: 318 lengths swim (0)
    WCA: Weight loss (190) (194.8)
    WCA: Develop a daily Weight Workout/Push up/Crunch/Squat/Kata/Kegel routine. (11)
    Status: This is “Tortoise and Hare” shit. I did an Olympic-length Triathlon earlier this year pretty easy. I tried a Half Ironman several times afterward and have failed miserably. There is work to be done. I’ve got to be able to do the full length individual components. I’ve got to lose a considerable amount of weight to be competitive. I’ve got to augment these workouts with daily strength-building weightlifting and exercises. The fight goes on starting tomorrow.
  3. I drive a world-class $100M publishing business.
    ENXP: #1 Overall author on Amazon. (841,841)
    ENXP: #1 KDP in my category (7,752)
    ENXP: Monthly 10,000 Page Reads; 10 Sales (438 page reads) (1 sale)
    ENXP: Finish the next writing assignment and push publish.
    Status: All the personal shit took a toll on momentum for this particular BHAG this month. Two writing assignments were finished and scheduled for next month but that was really the only highlight. We’re still under $1,000 in total sales for ENXP. That’s an indicator in exactly just how far we need to go to realize this BHAG.
  4. I help drive the company I work for to $100M.
    Status: We’re going to finish the year at about $36M. We’ve still got a long way to go to realize this BHAG
  5. emptynestman.com is the marketing machine that drives the $100M publishing company. 
    ENMME: #1 organic on Google for “Empty Nest Sex”. (12)
    ENMME: #1 organic on Google for “Empty Nest”. (NULL–still not showing up)
    ENMME: Do Social for 30 days straight. (every fucking day)
    ENMME: Views: (1,118). Visitors: (438). Published Articles: (324). ENM Subscribers: (709). Twitter Following: (2,318). Followers: (648). ENMME Leads: (2).
    Status: We’re showing up on Google’s radar finally. We’re doing the Social. We’re staying active.
  6. I am the best man, father, and grandfather I can be.
    BMFG: House PAYOFF Goal: $71K by the first of September 2020. ($1,539.45)
  7. I am one bad-ass motherfucker.
    Status: This one pretty much speaks for itself. If I can accomplish all of the above, I will consider myself one bad-ass motherfucker. Like King David.

CONCLUSION
Two weeks in the books, gang. Making progress. Tortoise and the Hare. Headed to the finish line. Am I there yet? No. But I’m closer today than when I started The Journey two weeks ago.

Here we go…

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