The Magic of Ninety Days
I’ve been hearing my entire adult life: “for anything meaningful that you undertake, it takes 21 days to establish a habit, and 90 days to begin to see results. And I always thought, “hogwash!, I don’t need no 21 days: if I say I’m going to do something, consider it done—the very first week.”
It never worked out that way. Something always came up that seemingly unavoidably had to take precedence over that important commitment. The important commitment fell by the wayside and I was off in 20 energetic, but unproductive directions. I took care of what was urgent at the expense of what was important.
And then I woke up one day to the realization that my weight had ballooned to 210 lbs. I could barely do 10 push-ups at the time, but I decided that it was time to make some changes.
I changed my diet by eliminating all sugar, simple carbs, and gluten. It took two months of struggling with cravings, but then one day, I just didn’t feel the need for that stuff (you can’t call it food) anymore.
Not only did I not have cravings, I also felt fantastic. My energy multiplied to such an extent that I got the crazy idea that I should start exercising. So I did.
Online I found a free, 90-day program called Ninety days of action. You’ll find it on a truly awesome and massive website called neilarey.com. I highly recommend it. While Ms. Rey doesn’t charge anything for her advice and workouts, you can—and should—donate some moolah, if you use her workouts.
The program was 90 days for a reason. Ninety days is short enough to be doable, but it’s also long enough to get real and noticeable results. I started out at 210 lbs and at the end of 90 days of work, I now weigh 184. My slacks with a 34-inch waist were getting pretty tight, and 90 days later, I am comfortable in something with a 32-inch waist. It’s not a earth-shattering stuff, but it’s still a significant change.
Ninety days is long enough to not only create new habits, but also to cement them. I went public with my workout plan, letting all my Facebook friends know what I was doing. I also asked them to hold me accountable if I slacked off or missed workouts. The consequence of making a public spectacle of this commitment was that I never missed a workout. I did miss a week as a result of an injury to my right shoulder, but I resumed a week later exactly where I had left off.
Once I had made my plans public, I never looked back, never took a day off, and truly looked forward to my workouts. The bottom line, though, is that I now know that I can set a 90-day goal because I know first-hand how easy it is and how fast 90 days fly by.
Be it weight loss or business, set goals and get after them with gusto. Setting the goal and drawing up the plan gets you well down the path to your success. The rest is just showing up and doing the work.
It’s that simple,
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