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Starting a 100 Day Challenge. Key Word - "GO!"

My 100 day challenge is off to a slow start because my son, Rhett, had emergency surgery after being sick for a week. So, despite being two weeks behind on everything, I am up and running!


The surgery was the night before the challenge was to begin. I did virtually no prep prior because both my kids were home sick. (I liken the prep to be similar to planning a trip, mapping out where you are going and packing.) After his surgery I told him my challenge was supposed to start that very day. He said, “Oh well, I guess it’s not going to happen.” I told him that there is no reason to quit or not start at all because things didn’t go as planned at the starting line. You are there, ready to go. Your life up to this point has been all the training you need. It’s like looking down and realizing that your shoes are untied. You don’t just stop in your tracks take your shoes off and lay down and die and you don’t run with your shoes untied because you could trip. You tie your shoes and go! It takes a few minutes but you can still run and finish the race.


Why does an untimely delay make most people quit?


It becomes the perfect excuse. Frustration, self doubt, insecurity, laziness, lack of something, fear of failure and fear of success stop us dead in our tracks, sometimes before we even begin.


What will make us GO? And not stop until we FINISH? Key word – go.


For me it was announcing to the world that I was doing a 100 day challenge (whatever that was). The “world” was only a few friends and a posting on Facebook and my website. That simple step of accountability turned into 100 days of writing and a book, which was one of my goals. Before I started, I didn’t know how I’d write a book in 100 days. I didn’t focus on prep, planning or packing or even tying my shoes. I just made a simple commitment to myself and announced it to my world.  More and more people followed along and maybe I even inspired a few. This time there are several people taking the journey with me and I can’t let them down. After all, I’m supposed to be their fearless leader. Actually, I’m just one of them and without each other, none of this would be possible.


Accountability and support of a community are powerful tools.


If you don’t have that, do it now. It is life changing.


Post on Facebook, Tweet it out, call a few friends, find an online group or blog about your goals and the progress on your journey. Tell your world what you are doing and ask them to check in on you to see how you are doing. Better yet, ask for direct help, connections or even advice. Ask them to tell you what you don’t see about yourself that may be holding you back and be open to hearing it. Ask them whom they may know that can help.


The key here is to go. To start. Just do it. You may have to force yourself. Sometimes the start is the hardest part, until you have the momentum to keep going. Think of pushing a merry-go-round. When you are at a dead stand still, you have to push really hard to get it to go but once going, it easily keeps spinning. Eventually the beginning is in the distant past. The process, the journey, the race is where you will grow, reflect, experience sights and sounds, meet new people, maybe get rained on and hopefully get cheered to but it is the finish line and the victory that you will ultimately get the metal for. All of it you will remember.





 During the challenge I am going to map out my daily and “challenge” goals, thoughts, etc in order to get feedback, help, accountability and to keep track. I’m not sure yet if I will do it here or directly on Facebook or both. Then I can check off which things I did accomplish.



-walk the dog

-mediate at the beach


-go for a bike ride/work out

--juice for lunch

-clear off my desk in order to feel organized

-check in with others doing a challenge to see how they are doing

-map out my goals for this experience

Please provide feedback on Facebook or directly to me at jkohl at

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