Betting On Myself

How a $1,000 bet is injecting me with artificial motivation.

I’ve often found benefit in self-induced challenges. In 2021 I completed the 75 Hard Challenge with some buddies. The challenge was simple, the hard part was the consistency.

It had 5 rules:

  • Pick a diet to follow, with no alcohol or cheat meals.
  • Drink a gallon of water daily.
  • Complete 2 daily workouts. 45 minutes each minimum.
  • Read 10 pages per day of a non-fiction book.
  • Take a progress photo every day.

It was surprisingly difficult to push through and achieve all of these tasks on top of my already packed day. But nevertheless, my friends and I completed the challenge. The biggest mindset shift I got out of this challenge was this… I always have the time and energy when I prioritized high enough. I loved what I gained from the challenge. Before, I would have thought, “No way do I have time for 2 workouts a day!”.

I started to incorporate the Artificial Motivation and Habit Building of a good challenge into new “self-challenges” that were more in-line with accomplishing my personal goals.

I had to decide, what is the template for a “great challenge”?

High Stakes + Tight Deadlines = Results

For 75 Hard:
  • High Stakes = Accountability of 4 other friends
  • Tight Deadline = Daily yes/no tasks.
For My Personal Bet
  • High Stakes = $1,000 Bet, to a friend that will hold me accountable.
    • If I don’t accomplish my daily and weekly goals, I owe my partner $1,000
  • Tight Deadline = Daily and Weekly Yes/No tasks.

How it’s going?
To be continued






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