The Journey Day 53 02.02.20

Day 53. Day 50 of #75HARD. Superbowl Sunday. Let’s just get after it, get it done, and watch some of the game.

“Gratitude is the most exquisite form of courtesy.”
– Jacques Maritain

Kirk Gibson’s walk-off pinch-hit home run against Dennis Eckersley in the 1988 World Series.

May you be strong enough to withstand the blessing of the Lord.

Invest in seven ventures, yes, in eight; you do not know what disaster may come upon the land.
–Ecclesiastes 11:2

75Hard day 50 today.

  • Diet. Zero cheat meals. Zero alcohol. WIN.
    Today’s weight: 191.2
  • 8 bottles of water (gallon) WIN.
  • Running total: 6,750 ounces
  • 45-minute AM Workout. WIN.
    45-minute PM Workout Outside. WIN.
    614.2 miles biked | 102.13 miles walked/jogged/ran | 19,883 weight reps
  • Read 10 pages of a non-fiction entrepreneur or improvement book. WIN.
    The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo.
    This book is completed today. Though not intended to be read as it was read during this concentrated period of awareness–it was the equivalent of drinking daily from a fire hose–I highly recommend it, specifically for high achievers. This book is grounding. For certainly, for those of us who would reach for the stars, we have to be reminded at regular intervals that we are merely humans. That we are predominantly water. That we have an expiration date.
  • Progress picture every day. WIN.
    Here ya go…

Listening to and reporting on the talk inside of my head:
Yesterday was about surrender. Today is about taking what is mine. My life is radically different than it was just 50 days ago. Simpler. It’s just me. What do I want to do with me? I want to reach out and go for every one of my primary goals, my BHAGs. I want to live intentionally. I want to grab my moment. This is my moment. I’m not taking care of a child. I’m not supporting a spouse. I’m not driving a cause. I’m. Just. Me. With the seven BHAGs that I believe the Lord God of heaven has uniquely given me. Help me reach for them, God. Help me live every day in pursuit of them. Let them shape me, mold me, prepare me for eternity. Let them be the rock I push against every day, the stone I’m sharpened on, and yes, the weight that eventually crushes me. Let me die with a smile on my face knowing full well that I gave it all to chase the things you put in front of me that were important here in my last days.

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. GET USED TO DISCOMFORT and learn to thrive there: 

#1: Take a few moments and visualize what you will look like when you arrive where you’re going. Today: I am a world-class athlete. WIN.

#2: Ironman disciplines for the next 45 days: WIN.
02.02.20: 0.9 miles rowing | 14.3 miles biking | 3.1 miles running

#3: Research new ways to market our writing projects. WIN.

Amazon Ads:

#4: Every workday, examine the Top 5 projects or exercises in place to take us to $100M. Make sure that all those Top 5 are still relevant and up to date. Make sure that I spend some time every day on at least 1 of those elements. Ensure that my team is focused on that Top 5 every day as well. On weekends, pray at least twice that God will grant success for this goal. WIN.

#5: Develop the mission statement for Begin publishing that mission statement on at least a weekly basis after the final is complete at the end of this current 90-Day Burn. Memorize the mission statement. Socialize the mission statement. Live, breath, eat, sleep, drink the mission statement. WIN.

ENM Mission Statement. exists to:

OK, the long form ENM Mission Statement is crafted and published. Now, let’s break it down to its bare essence…


I can definitely live with this–as my prayer, my mantra, my meditation, my 30-second elevator speech.

#6: Over the next 38 days of habit forming, identify one area of growth for this goal of being the best man, father, and grandfather I can be, and implement the pursuit and track that area of growth here. WIN.

  • A fund for the children and the grandchildren is established. Donate to this fund on a regular basis. Funds will be shared with them at the end of the year. Pray daily for the revenue to make this significant.
  • A fund to pay off the house is established. Donate to this fund on a regular basis. The goal is to pay off the house this year. This asset will benefit the children and grandchildren. Pray daily for enough revenue to make this happen.
  • Pray for the children and grandchildren daily.

#7: Continue to work toward bad-ass. Daily podcasts include Andy Frisella’s MFCEO and REAL AF. Lewis Howes and his School of Greatness. Shawn Stevenson and his The Model Health Show. WIN.


Daily, listen to or read the Bible. Read: Daniel 9-12. Read: Matthew 7. WIN.

Daily, workout twice. two-a-day #75HARD workouts. WIN.

Daily, write. Write on the current book. (Current word count: 10,995). WIN.

Work toward publishing the fourth serial installment today. DO NOT submit for publishing until we pull down ALL of the Writing Exercises. This serial issue is ready to publish. Hide all Writing Exercises on Monday and submit this issue for approval.

The infrastructure and notes are in place to write the next 8 serials in the EAT. DRINK. F*CK. Series. That will be my focus until it’s done–about 40K words.

The next marketing campaign: Super Bowl Sex. It’s timely. The Super Bowl is this weekend. Let’s see if this older piece still has some staying power. The campaign will run from 01.30-02.03.20 on Amazon and on Reddit.

593 Pages Read | 0 Sales | 50 Copies Given Away | 42 New ENM Subscribers

Daily, pray. Pray for the success of the concepts and programs implemented to take the primary company to $100M. Pray for the success of the concepts and programs implemented that affect every one of our primary goals. WIN.

Daily, publish the cultivated articles and continue to cultivate Twitter followers. Remember: This is a social exercise. Engage. Add to the conversation. Create value. Create Value. CREATE VALUE. WIN.

Daily, pray. Pray to God that I will rise up and be the best man, father, and grandfather I can be. Pray for my ongoing growth in these areas of life. Listen to my heart. Lean into the Spirit’s leading. WIN.

Daily, pray. Pray to God that I will be bad-ass. Listen 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. THE DAILY HABITS TO SUCCESS were completed today. Today is a WIN.

THIS IS THE REALITY: 1,774 days until my journey is complete. Will I make it?

Here we go…

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