IT'S OVER...NOW WHAT?!

Last Friday, April 22nd, 2022, I completed 75 Hard and 4x4x48!

For those who do not know, 75 Hard is a mental toughness program that was created by Andy Frisella, in which you have certain tasks that you have to complete on a daily basis for 75 days straight.

Those tasks include:
  • (2) 45-minute workouts
    • One of your workouts MUST be outside
  • Read 10 pages (audiobooks do not count)
  • Drink one gallon of water
  • Follow a diet
  • No alcohol
  • No cheat meals
  • Take a progress picture
*If you forget or you fail to do one of the tasks then you are supposed to start over at day one.

These tasks were specifically chosen in order to challenge one physically, mentally, emotionally, etc.

Due to the nature of it being 75 days straight without a single day off, it requires extreme consistency and discipline…more on that later.

The other challenge that I completed, which was done the last two days of my 75 hard program, is called the 4x4x48, which was created by David Goggins.

The 4x4x48 challenge is another mental, physical, and emotional test of grit and intestinal fortitude.

The rules of 4x4x48 are easy.

Run 4 miles every 4 hours for 48 hours.

For example, the time that I chose to start the challenge was at 9 PM PST on Wednesday, April 20th, which was my first leg.

My second leg then started at 1 AM PST.

My third at 5 AM PST.

And so on, for 48 hours.

By the end of it, you will have completed 12 legs or 48 miles.

Now, that challenge alone is demanding in numerous ways.

However, since I was coming to the end of my 75 Hard program/challenge, I thought to myself “what better way to finish 75 Hard than with another extreme mental toughness challenge, 4x4x48.”

My decision to finish 75 Hard with 4x4x48 was made quite a while in advance because I knew that in order to feel satisfied with my progress and ability to finish strong, I had to do something notable.

It is now Tuesday, April 26th and I am writing this as a reflection of my last 2.5 months.

The smile on my face after completing both challenges and throughout the weekend was shatterproof.

I had capped off the past 2.5 months with the ultimate finale.

It felt amazing.

Physically, not so much.

My legs were in rough shape.

My back was frustrated with me.

My head was ready to hit the nearest pillow.

But mentally and emotionally I was on cloud nine.

I knew what I had just accomplished and what it meant to me.

I am a highly motivated, driven, and disciplined individual.

I always have been.

Yet the level of discipline and consistency that it took to complete both challenges was substantial.

The diet I chose required extreme analysis of the food that I was putting in my body.

The workouts that I completed were meant to push me to the edge.

The training and attendance at tournaments to compete were an added challenge.

Nonetheless, the work got done and it got done well.

I took, and still take, pride in how strict I was with myself.

No excuses.

No shortcuts.

Only innovation, adaptation, and evolution.

Looking back on the beginning, I am ecstatic about how everything came together.

I was able to play in three racquetball tournaments. In two of them, my doubles partners and I won, and in one of them, I got to represent the United States of America at the Pan American Championships in Bolivia where my brother and I got third place.

Those events alone were significant, let alone continuing the tasks of 75 Hard through them all.

There were so many more instances that could have made it easy to quit.

My birthday took place about a month after I started 75 Hard.

The 5 AM workouts outside in the rain and cold.

The social events with friends or family with the surrounding food and beverages.

The misunderstanding of the people around you and in passing on why you would do something or why you can’t take a break just to enjoy the night with them.

The days that you are running around and you are exhausted but you still need to read the 10 pages of your book.

That is the point.

You don’t quit.

Never once did quitting cross my mind.

Nothing was going to get me to submit to the pressures and chaos of life.

Consistency. Discipline. Fortitude. Grit. Perseverance. Belief.

These are only a few qualities that are required to complete such programs.

To truly prove to yourself that you have those qualities and you have what it takes to commit and complete these programs is liberating.

Nobody can take that away from you.

The hard work and dedication to better yourself are worth it.

Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

I could go into far more detail about these challenges, however, I will leave it at this…

If you have something that you want to accomplish in life and you know in your heart that it is right FOR YOU…

Do not hesitate.

Go.

Take action.

Stay disciplined.

Stay consistent.

Never quit.

It’s over…now what?!

On to the next.

There will always be another challenge in life to conquer.

There will always be more ups and downs.

Conquer your challenges. Pick new ones. Conquer those. Repeat.

Live in a loop of improvement and personal evolution.

Get after it!

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