Based in Washington, Ross is a general manager of a food safety company. His musings explore life, work and every moment in between.

100 Burpees.

Here’s a challenge; 100 burpees per day for the entire month of December. The physical effort is frankly, excruciating and made me wish I had picked something easier. What was just as hard was the effort of making time in the day to complete the burpees. Several times I worked out and strange hours (at the office, very late at night or right before my other workout). And now that I’m almost done, I’m thinking that is was not too hard.

As John Maxwell says, “You can’t change the way you act until you change the way you think.” At the beginning of this month I was mentally defeated – all of the work in front of me and feeling sore from the day before. Sacrificing my time to make it a priority, gathering spousal support, knowing that since I made it public and I had a ton of people who would know if I failed. I felt pressure. Every day I slogged on to finish. But somewhere along the line I changed how I thought of the challenge. Instead of it being a weight, it became important to me. I started doing them better and faster. I started to like doing 100 every day.

Practice does not make perfect. Practice makes permanent. Tomorrow, I won’t have to do them anymore. I might anyway. It’s a habit now. One I like. Maybe I’ll keep going.

Or maybe I’ll just take the day off.

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