It’s 5 A.M. and I am awake. The baby didn’t wake me, nor any of the other children. I don’t have an early-morning appointment. I’m not burdened by insomnia. I’m not catching a flight to visit my best friend across the country. I willingly set my alarm for this ridiculous hour. As in, I chose to start my day just as the sun started rising.
Why? Have I completely lost my mind?
You see, for the last several months (probably even longer?), I’ve been in a bit of a rut. Not depressed or struggling per se, but just sort of making it through each day. Getting done what needs to get done, making sure all the children’s needs are met, finishing my work right before the deadlines. Getting everything done that needs to get done, but not really giving ANYTHING my all. Stuck in a weird land of ho-hum mundaneness. I know I can do better in all areas of my life.
I will do better.
When I was approached about participating in Hell Week by Erik Bertrand Larssen. I was immediately intrigued. Self-help book pitches are sent to my inbox on a daily basis and I often don’t give them a second glance, but something about this particular challenge sold me. It’s time. I need to take an active approach in bettering myself, managing my time better, and really living in the moments.
So here I am. It’s Day 1. Seven days to be my best self. Hell Week.
Hell Week is centered around the principle, “You can take a lot more than you think.” The challenge is stepping outside your normal routine in a way that allows you to unlock your deep reserves of untapped potential.
It’s not about torturing yourself to reach a goal. It’s about being fully present and finding balance. It’s giving to others and being a good person. It’s about living life to the maximum potential.
One week to change your life. Drawing on his Special Forces experience as a Norwegian Army paratrooper, Erik has created seven maxims to training you mentally and physically for a greater focus and a higher level of achievement. Each day has a different theme and area of focus. The Hell Week rules will guide you through the process, building physical and emotional strength while sharpening your focus.
I’ll elaborate more on the daily themes in my next post – the mid-week check-in.
Here are the 7 rules of hell week:
Early to bed (10:00 P.M.) and early to rise (5:00 A.M.): My typical schedule is to go to bed and wake up an hour later than the times the rule states, so I didn’t think this would be such big deal… until my alarm went off at 5 A.M. That snooze button has never looked so tempting!
Look your best at all times: Oh dear God, this one might send me into a panic. Actually wearing real clothes and doing my hair when I have nowhere to be until later in the day? I can’t throw my hair in a messy bun and enjoy my yoga pants? The horror.
Exercise to the extreme: My workouts typically consist of dragging my butt to the gym for one barre class a week and family walks here and there. Nothing strenuous, nothing consistent. This week, I will exercise for an hour a day, EVERY DAY.
Eat healthy: Oh, man. My diet has been overrun with candy and junk food as of late. Vegetables? What are those? Peanut butter M&Ms? Check. Chex mix? Yup. Starbucks? A few times each week. This week, I am hitting reset. Processed foods will not enter my mouth. No added sugars. No Starbucks. AND NO MARGARITAS. Gasp.
Take charge of your digital life: I’m so guilty of this. I’m constantly checking my Facebook, Instagram, and email accounts. This week, I will break my digital habits. I will be online for business purposes only during the day.
Get hyperfocused: I don’t have a lot of separation between work and home, since I work from home. My plan is to be fully immersed in work in the early morning hours before the kids wake up, which will allow me to focus and be present in my family life for the rest of the day.
Step up your game: Be all in – hard work, dedication, positivity, and proactivity. This week I will tackle every project or activity full-on and FINISH what I start. This week, I’m getting things DONE. During it all, I’ll keep a positive attitude, too.
What do you think? Do you want to take the #hellweekchallenge with me? Order your copy of Hell Week on Amazon and jump right in! Stay tuned for my mid-week update!