100 Hard Things

Doing hard things throughout your life keeps you strong and feeling accomplished, but people seldom want to do hard things. People are built to seek out what is easy, to avoid pain and seek pleasure. For example, hunger pains are the signal that you need to eat. And it is your thirst that drives you to find something to drink. People instinctively avoid these pains to maintain their body chemistry. Likewise, the sugar rush you feel when you eat something sweet pushes you to seek out those foods in the future. This ‘feel good’ physical and emotional state also drives people to scroll social media, drink alcohol, watch TV, use drugs, and have sex, but not necessarily in that order. Your body is built with many checks and balances to maintain your equilibrium. It is a well balanced machine. But if your bodies are built this way is it really that bad to just go with the flow?

The answer is yes and can be clearly seen in the idea of physical exercise. In order for your muscles to grow you must push them beyond their limit. This process creates microtears in the muscle fiber, which is painful. Your body then repairs those tears by injecting amino acids into the muscle cells and you become stronger. Doing what is hard in the gym makes you stronger, but why should you limit this idea to what is physically hard?

The truth is that you can do hard things in multiple areas of life. What if you were to seek out things that were mentally, socially, spiritually, or professionally difficult? The answer is you would grow in all these areas. The #100HardThings challenge is about training yourself to seek what is difficult in life instead of avoiding it. Some types of pain are harmful and that’s not what this is about. It’s also not about competing with others. It’s about training yourself to delay gratification for future reward. It’s about exploring and learning your personal limits to realize your best potential. It’s about doing things that are out of your comfort zone. I didn’t create this hashtag and the idea of pushing through is as old as the ages, but here’s the idea.

100 HARD THINGS

  • Do something that is out of your comfort zone.
  • Do something that delays gratification.
  • Do something more than expected.
  • Do something that is physically, spiritually, socially, mentally, or professionally hard.
  • Be accountable for your ‘something’ and share – #100hardthings

EXAMPLES

  • Skip a meal or two.
  • Run a mile or more.
  • Commit to a doing a task daily
  • Do 100 pushups in a single day.
  • Complete a project you’ve put off.
  • Take a selfie with a stranger.

My Diary

  • Jan 1 2024 – I wrote 750 words. Writing is not difficult, but sometimes dedicating an hour to do this work is.
  • Jan 2 2024 – I did 201 pushups today. I started with a goal of 100, but increased it as the day went on.
  • Jan 3 2024 – I did a 2 minute plank.
  • Jan 4 2024 – I ate 15 different kinds of plants.
  • Jan 5 2024 – I tacked a mental struggle I was facing.
  • Jan 6 2024 – I did a deep study into the bible topic of “Sons of God”.
  • Jan 7 2024 – I did a 16 hour intermittent fast.
  • Jan 8 2024 – I completed 15 taekwondo forms from memory.
  • Jan 9 2024 – I did a 3 minute plank.
  • Jan 10 2024 – I did a full day fast.
  • Jan 11 2024 – I did the 1-inch punch break.
  • Jan 12 2024 – I gave up Monster drinks.
  • Jan 13 2024 – I wrote 1000 words.
  • Jan 14 2024 – I had conversations with 10 strangers.
  • Jan 15 2024 – I ran 3/4 of a mile.
  • Jan 16 2024 – I started regular workouts again.
  • Jan 17 2024 – I wrote 1500 words.
  • Jan 18 2024 – I ran a mile.
  • Jan 19 2024 – I took a selfie with a stranger.
  • Jan 20 2024 – I had a fun day with Debbie (Prioritizing this is what is difficult)
  • Jan 21 2024 – I gave up social media for a week.
  • Jan 22 2024 – I finished the book: Thrawn
  • Jan 23 2024 – spent extra time in prayer
  • Jan 24 2024 – I’m down 5 pounds since 2023
  • Jan 25 2024 – I read the book of Ezra
  • Jan 26 2024 – I drank 98 ounces of water
  • Jan 27 2024 – I gave up artificial sweeteners.
  • Jan 28 2024 – Doing bi-vocational ministry for 25+ years
  • Jan 29 2024 – Today I hit 47,400 words on my novel.
  • Jan 30 2024 – I did a 4 minute plank.
  • Jan 31 2024 – I am down 10 pounds from 2023.
  • Feb 1 2024 – I executed 16 forms from memory
  • Feb 2 2024 – I read the book of Esther
  • Feb 3 2024 – I did a deep study of Bible prophets
  • Feb 4 2024 – I continued this study of Bible prophets
  • Feb 5 2024 – I read the book of Jonah
  • Feb 6 2024 – Sometimes challenges find you. This was a full day from morning till night.
  • Feb 7 2024 – I did the splits (about 95% of the way).
  • Feb 8 2024 – I completed 17 taekwondo forms.
  • Feb 9 2024 – I hit 50,200 words on my novel today
  • Feb 10 2024 – I did a deep study of Isaiah
  • Feb 11 2024 – Was still digging into Isaiah today.
  • Feb 12 2024 – I Finished 27 chapters of my book
  • Feb 13 2024 – I read the book of Haggai
  • Feb 14 2024 – I read the book of Zephaniah
  • Feb 15 2024 – I wrote 1200 words
  • Feb 16 2024 – I read the book of Nahum
  • Feb 17 2024 – I did a deep dig into Isaiah
  • Feb 18 2024 – I read the book of Enoch I
  • Feb 19 2024 – I completed 50 days of this challenge
  • Feb 20 2024 – I wrote 2,200 words
  • Feb 21 2024 – I did 100 sit-ups
  • Feb 22 2024 – I reached 52,000 words in my novel
  • Feb 23 2024 – I read the book of Habakkuk