It takes 21 days to create a habit.
If you’re trying to make some real, concreate changes in your life, I suggest you disappear for 21 days and commit to these five habits.
See what happens.
#1 Get up 2 hours earlier
You know what you get when you get up two hours earlier? Uninterrupted time.
Yeah, that’s right. You need to work on you. I need to work on me. We all need to work on ourselves. Every day. As a parent, business owner, employee, and as a person.
People are pulling on you all the time, in all directions. From the time you get up, to the time you go to bed. Somebody always wants something from you.
But what do you want for yourself? What are you doing for you?
What does having these two hours do? It gives your brain a chance to rest. Personally, if I didn’t have this time in the morning, I would be half-crazy.
#2 Training & conditioning
When I say “train,” I mean lift weights. When I say “condition,” I mean to do some sort of conditioning or cardio.
It could be as basic as doing a five-pound dumbbell upper body circuit or walking every day. I don’t care what it is. It completely depends on your level of fitness. We have plenty of options on my app, CoryG Fitness, or there are plenty of options online.
The takeaway here? To lift something that is going to make you stronger. To move so you can increase your cardiovascular health.
#3 Listen to audiobooks or podcasts
Pick 3-5 audiobooks and/or podcasts to help you increase your mental clarity and sharpness.
For example, let’s say you’re doing my Dumbbell Shred home workout program using five-pound dumbbells. After you finish the day’s program, you go on a walk down the street. During your walk you’re listening to an audiobook or podcast that is going to make you smarter. To be clear, you’re not listening to something entertainment based.
#4 Prepare your own meals
Prepare your meals for 21 days.
How many people do you see eating out almost every day? Let me tell you… it is a high percentage of people. Olive Garden & Wendy’s are always calling your name.
It's easy to mess up when you don’t have a plan. But what happens when you do have a plan? What happens when you know exactly what you’re going to eat for the next 21 days?
It takes out the guesswork. It’s one less decision you have to make every day. You already spent the money. You already invested the time. You’re ready to go.
It’s much easier to stay consistent and disciplined when you have a plan.
#5 No alcohol during the week
Why no alcohol you ask? Because it kills motivation. Because it’s not good for you.
Look, I love alcohol like most people, but if I drink bourbon or a beer on a Tuesday night for no reason, I’m not as motivated on Wednesday morning. It’s just a fact. This is coming from one of the most motivated and disciplined people you will ever meet.
You can try anything for 21 days
Committing to these five pillars will be difficult for most people.
Reframe it. It’s only 21 days. It’s three weeks. I can do anything for 21 days.
I’m going to get up earlier. I’m going to train and condition. I’m going to listen to audiobooks that are going to make me smarter. I’m going to eat meals that I prepare. I’m not going to drink for 21 days.
What’s going to happen? See for yourself.
Everyone’s experience is going to be slightly different. After you complete your 21 days, evaluate. Take note of what worked well and what didn’t work well. Keep what worked, cut out what didn’t.
Everyone needs a commitment and a timeframe. Everyone needs a streak to create and maintain momentum.