Andy’s #21EarlyDays: The Final Stretch


21 early days challenge

Andy is approaching the final days of his#21EarlyDays challenge! Our next post will share Andy’s final thoughts on his challenge. But for now, he takes us back in time and introduces us to the action words that have had the biggest impact on his professional life: 

When I was a senior in high school, I was co-captain of the basketball team that won the state championship.  On the back of our practice jerseys, our coach (Coach Euler) printed these words underneath each other: Desire, Dedication, Discipline.

These action words have had the biggest impact on my professional life so much I think they are the key to any success that I have ever had.  I think of these words as legs of my success tripod.  Standing on their own, they don’t work very well.  But when they are all together, my success rate grows exponentially.

Desire is the first leg.  Before taking on a challenge, I always ask myself, “Andy, how bad you really want this?”  And if I have doubts about my desire, I question if I want it bad enough.  But if I lose sleep over it, if it is constantly on my mind, if I am consumed by it, I know that the odds of my success are quite high.

Dedication is a trickier leg because dedication is hard.  What is dedication?  I think of dedication as my plan.  I try to see the challenge and then break it down to the smallest obtainable goals that I can do at that moment.

Discipline is probably the hardest leg.  Discipline is the execution of the plan.  It is hard to stay on course and do the plan every single moment of every single day that I have allotted.  It takes a lot of will and a lot of great habits of doing something the right away over and over to get the necessary discipline.

The temperature is starting to drop significantly in Atlanta, and it is making me not want to get up!  I am going into the final stretch my 21 days of waking up at 4:30.  It has been fantastic but I am ready to get back to a more normal work schedule.  I will be sharing some final thoughts (final thoughts on waking up at 4:30 that is) at the end of this challenge.  By the way, I am going to miss Friday of this week and Monday of next due to having to take a trip to Washington D.C. with the family.  But don’t worry – I will make it up the next week.

Have a goal to be great today and hit it out of the park!



Stay updated by following Andy’s blog here. Wondering what the #21EarlyDays challenge is all about? See our first post here. Are you currently taking on a challenge — diet, lifestyle, productivity, etc.? Share your experience in the comments below!