Make Your Bed. Change The World.

September has been a great month! I’ve adopted some new habits that are enhancing my life, improving productivity, and testing my GRIT. As I set my sights on October, I’ve decided to carry on with my 5 am wake-up time, cold showers, workout regimen and eating clean.  I’ve also been thinking about some new ways I can challenge my self-discipline and perseverance during the month of October.

Here’s what I’ve come up with…

Couch Fast

No sitting or lying on any couch, loveseat or lounge chair. Period.

“What the heck is that?!” you ask? It’s an idea I’ve been toying with for months now. For the entire month of October, I am not allowed to sit on our couch or any type of lounge chair. The only exception would be if we’re visiting friends and family and the gathering moves into a family/living room setting. Even then, I want to challenge myself to find an alternative to sitting on a soft, comfy couch or chair.

Whether its downtime with the family or watching an episode of Flash with my son; no couch time! Instead, during those times I’m going to stretch, do calisthenics, run on the spot or sit in the squat position on the floor. Our kitchen also looks into the family room, so I may want to use the time to keep the kitchen in spotless condition (no promises on this one though and don’t tell my wife I just said that – she might be tempted to hold me to it :)).

15,000 Steps a Day

Do a minimum of 15k steps a day, six days a week.

A few months back we had a step challenge at work.  It was awesome!  As I look back on it now, I can see how this challenge tested everyone’s grit on a daily basis.  Based on that, I suspect the 15k steps a day is going to be my greatest test in October.  I’m usually a 10k step kind of guy.




Cold Showers

Take only cold showers. No hot or warm showers. Period.

Love these and have decided to continue doing them through October. If you’re wondering “what’s up with cold showers?”… read my post on here.

5 am Wake Up Time

Wake up at 5 am, six mornings a week.

I’ve been a night-hawk for as long as I can remember. It’s not uncommon for me to go to bed well past midnight during the week. I can also manage well with minimal sleep; for a period. Earlier this month I decided to wake up at 5 am every day to see how it would impact my life. The results have been amazing!

I’m not going to lie. Every morning when my alarm goes off at 5 am, it still sucks. Regardless, I put my feet on the floor and get at it. Within 5 minutes of waking up, I’m glad I did. It feels amazing. I often hit the gym first thing, sweat it out, and I’m back home for 6:15 am. Waking up this earlier gives me a lot more productive time in my day. So I want to keep this up. Applying and building grit with this challenge, is all about the decision I make the second the alarm goes off in the morning….feet on the floor or I hit the snooze button. Feet on the floor every time for the win!

Make The Bed

Every morning I’m going to make our bed before I leave the house for the day. On days I’m home for the mornings, I need to make it before 9 am.

Why? Because a wise man once said, “If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed”. How can you not want to at least try it for yourself to see how something that seems so mundane and straightforward can change your life? My curiosity insists that I test this out for myself.

If you’re curious about the wise man and want to hear a great speech on GRIT, you can check it out here:

So to summarize, here are my GRIT Challenges for the month of October:

  1. Couch Fast – no sitting on the couch
  2. 20k Steps a Day
  3. Cold Showers Only
  4. 5 am Wake Up – 6 days a week
  5. Make the Bed Every Morning

Check out this post to watch my daily progress:




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