I jumped out of the hotel bed at 11:45 p.m.
“What are you doing?” my wife asked.
“I almost forgot to do my 100 pushups!”
It was dark but I knew she was rolling her eyes at me. But I didn’t care. All I cared about was not breaking my chain.
And the thought of almost going to sleep without doing my 100 daily pushups freaked me out (yes, weird things freak me out)!
So I pumped out 100 pushups, drank some water and hopped back in bed at midnight.
I started doing 100 pushups a day on March 4, 2013. My unbroken chain lasted 777 days in a row before I quit.
Yes, I gained some more muscle in my arms but it wasn’t like I got ripped or anything. I was only doing pushups and nothing else really. Sometimes I would go for a run or do sit-ups too but mostly just the pushups.
Honestly, it wasn’t the best workout routine. I got in better shape doing CrossFit three times a week for 30 days then I did doing 100 pushups for 777 days.
Train your will
But the real muscle I was developing was my will. And if you think about it, your will is the most important part of your being.
Your will is more important than your mind, your emotions or your body. It’s that part of you that decides what you will do with your life. Yes, your mind, heart and body all influence your will but if your will is weak then it doesn’t matter how strong those other areas are.
This idea is what fueled me to hop out of bed at 11:45 p.m. when I was on vacation with my wife. I was determined to stick to my plan. To strengthen my will.
And I’m glad I did because I feel like it’s helped me in other areas of my life.
From pushups to publishing
For example, right now one of my long-term commitments is to publish a blog post every day for 10 years. I’m on Day #223 now and I don’t know if I’d be able to even get this far if I hadn’t first built my willpower up by doing those 100 pushups a day.
So if you need some more motivation to follow through with a daily habit then remember that you’re also strengthening the most important part of who you when you do it.
There is power in the unbroken chain. What will your unbroken chain be?