Well, life changes. I got a new job and found myself a lot busier. It was tempting to want to start skipping out on important habits and I knew I could not let my guard down.
I needed a bootcamp to keep my rear end in shape. 30 Days of Discipline by Victor Pride was the obvious choice.
So what is 30 DOD all about?
For 30 days you will follow 12 habits to a T.
I had an idea of what most of these habits were, such as no porn, cold showers and dressing well. Some of these habits I had already implemented in my own life, others I did not. One thing I enjoyed about 30 DOD is that it exposed me to new habits such as daily bodyweight exercise and improving my posture.
The e-book can also be purchased with an accountability workbook. This excel spreadsheet will have you enter your success or failures with each of these habits. By the end of the 30 days you will be able to analyze your success.
What You Should Do Differently
There isn’t a whole lot to delve into with this book. For one, it is not a traditional book, rather a ‘bootcamp’, which leaves no room for quotes and such. And two, I don’t want to give every habit away.
But, I have a number of criticisms and suggestions to improve the 30 DOD experience.
Ease Into the Bodyweight Exercise
My right elbow hurts as I write this. It’s pretty uncomfortable. I’m quite sure too that it was caused by implementing daily push ups this month.
I know I sound like a pussy, but this could have been avoided if I eased into the bodyweight exercises. My upper body is reasonably strong, but my joints weren’t prepared for these high reps. I was too ambitious to start off, and I recommend you start with lower numbers.
‘Prep’ for the Month Ahead
Implementing 12 new habits overnight is not practical. Not only is it hard to start doing all these new habits, but you have to figure out when and how you’re going to implement everything.
A few days before you start your personal bootcamp, take some time to plan your new schedule.
What time will you wake up?
When will you cook and work out?
What is your ‘project’ or ‘purpose’ for the month ahead?
Hoping to snap your fingers and suddenly be off to the races with 30 DOD is going to lead to failure.
Make Habits More Quantifiable
I don’t want to give away everything in the program, but as an example, one of the habits is to make eye contact. The problem is that it’s hard to measure eye contact. It’s subjective and not quantifiable.
It would be better to write “Make and hold eye contact with five people every day.” Then you could mark that box off during the program.
Why You Need 30 Days of Discipline
Even though I have my criticisms of 30 DOD it is the best bootcamp for discipline on the market. There are other 30 day challenges out there, but they feel like blatant rip-offs of 30 DOD.
I suggest you get yourself a copy and implement the suggestions above. After 30 days you will be a whole new man. Moreover, you will hopefully integrate what you experienced for the remainder of your life, not just for those 30 days.
I’m still in this bootcamp right now and doing it through the end of the month. However, I already had some thoughts on it and figured I’d write a review now. Expect another post at the end of the month.