The Journey Day 35 01.15.20

Day 35. Day 32 of #75HARD, guys. Yep, more rain. A new book release. We went over a thousand subscribers yesterday. We had 22 subscribers last September. That’s pretty amazing growth over the past four plus months. I believe we’re telling a story that people not only want to hear, they want to join to create their own Journey. This shit is getting fun.

“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.”
– Cynthia Ozick

But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.

Our days on earth are like a shadow, without hope.

He died at a good old age, having enjoyed long life, wealth and honor. His son Solomon succeeded him as king.

75Hard day 32 today.

  • Diet. Zero cheat meals. Zero alcohol. WIN.
    Today’s weight: 193.2
  • 8 bottles of water (gallon) WIN.
    Running total: 4,310 ounces
  • 45-minute AM Workout. WIN.
    45-minute PM Workout Outside. WIN.
    350.7 miles biked | 58.61 miles walked/jogged/ran | 11,128 weight reps
  • Read 10 pages of a non-fiction entrepreneur or improvement book. WIN.
    The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo.
  • Progress picture every day. WIN.
    Here ya go:

Listening to and reporting on the talk inside of my head:
I’ve got therapy tonight. There’s no wiggling around it. Face it. Absorb the truth found there. Leave any lies. Move forward, ready to go with a new reality.

SELF-SUGGESTION: THIS IS WHERE I’M GOING. WHERE IS THE PROOF OF PROGRESS TOWARD THAT GOAL TODAY? This is where the rubber hits the road, team. This is the good stuff. These are the end goals. This is what it’s all about.

  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. 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.

The LADDER TO THE TOP 7 to complete TODAY. Get out of the comfort zone: 

  1. Continue listening to Isaiah on the morning bike ride. Pick up at Isaiah 9. Made it to Isaiah 10. Will pick up there in the morning. Did both my workouts outside this evening, so I didn’t get a chance to listen. Ready Isaiah 9 instead. WIN.
  2. Work my ass off with both the AM and the PM workout. WIN.
  3. Write on the current book. (Current word count: 4,564). WIN.
    The infrastructure and notes are in place to write the next 10 serials in the EAT. DRINK. F*CK. Series. That will be my focus until it’s done–about 50K words.

    Fourth marketing program for ENXP continues today:
    1,398 Pages Read | 4 Sales | 172 Copies Given Away | 79 new subscribers to ENM.
  4. Pray to God that the concepts and programs we’re implementing this year will work. WIN.
  5. Publish the curated articles. Continue to cultivate Twitter followers. WIN.
  6. Pray to God that I will rise up and be the best man, father, and grandfather I can be. WIN.
  7. Pray to God that I will be bad-ass. Back to MFCEO this morning for my bad-ass education today. Return to REAL AF when new episodes are available. WIN.

The LADDER TO THE TOP 7 was completed today. Today is a WIN.

THIS IS THE REALITY: 1,792 days until my journey is complete. Will I make it?

Here we go…

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2 thoughts on “The Journey Day 35 01.15.20

  1. Good thoughts, Hank. I’ve never been much of a poker player so I don’t know if I’m equipped to give you the answer you’re looking for but I’ll give it a shot.

    We’re all dealt the cards we’re dealt. There’s no use bitching about it. We’ve got what we’ve got. At that point, we go to the well, depending on the type of poker game we’re playing. For most poker games, there is a chance to trade in at least some of the cards we have for other cards that may or may not make our hand better.

    That’s a good corollary to life. We have what we have. We reach out for something that will help us–education, relationship, a better job. Do we know for sure that any of these things will make the hand we’re dealt any better?


    Staying with the gambling motif, “We rolls our dice and we takes our chances.”

    That’s life.

    Unlike poker, we, for the most part, can continue to go to the well to improve our hand. More education. More relationships, a different job situation.

    But at some point, we have to play the cards we have. We’re called.

    We have to put our cards on the table.

    Did we win? Did we lose?

    Arbitrary in poker. The best hand wins.

    But what about the “fakes” involved in poker?

    Do those translate into regular, ordinary life?

    I’m reminded of one of Solomon’s proverbs: Better to be a nobody and yet have a servant than pretend to be somebody and have no food.

    It’s best if we know and accept who we are. Accept the cards we’re dealt. Believe in those cards. Hope for the best. Don’t try to fool anyone else at the table, because chances are, we start believing we have a better hand than we thought. We believe our own PR machine.

    I’ll close with another one of Solmon’s little gems: The lot is cast into the lap but its every decision is from the Lord.

    And we either believe that or not.

    Every decision? EVERY decision? EVERY outcome?

    I know, I’ve opened a bigger can than we can discuss in this venue.

    My advice regarding life as it relates to poker: Create the best hand you can with the circumstances you have. Believe in your cards, but don’t be overwhelmed by them. Bet accordingly.

    And may the best player win.

  2. Let’s deep dive. Between your nugget and the listening. Poker is about lying and playing others with what you have, no? What’s in the pot you wanna win? What cards do others have? Or is it more important to know the ones you have and how to play them, even if it means losing the battle? Love your posts. Please advise.

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