Day 19: The Next 100 Days

As some of you know, I don’t count my life in years, I count in days.  As of today I am 20, 900 days old.  That means in 100 days my odometer will turn to 21, 000.

I feel somewhat mystical about this.  I want to make the next hundred days count for something.  I want to set a 100 Day Goal.  When Obama was elected, all the pundits watched to see what he would do in his First Hundred Days, because in some respects 100 days is enough to accomplish something worth accomplishing.

But then again, if your goals are ambitious, 100 days is hardly enough time to make a decent start.

So I’ve had this book idea rattling around in my head, and I’ve been making notes towards it for some time, but today, when I anticipated that odometer turning in the next 100 days, I thought, “Yes!  I will finish the rough draft of my book in the next hundred days.”

So that’s what I’m going to do.  I have it all worked out in my journal and I started really cranking on it today.  10 pages a day for the next hundred days, and then I’ll cull it and get it down to a reasonable length, but that’s going to be “the discipline.”

It’s kind of like the Yoga Challenge, except longer.  I’m starting on a random day in April and I’ll end on July 27th.  So it’s not neat and clean like “30 Days for $30” but it doesn’t have to be.  The day you make a commitment to your “something” becomes “your sacred starting day.”

So, let’s say the Yoga Challenge got away from you.  You didn’t wake up and realize this could be done, or that you really wanted to do it until today.  What’s to prevent you from starting your yoga challenge today, and then riding it out for the next 30, 40, 50 or even 100 days?

Why not start a streak?  See how long you can keep it going without a break.

Something to think about, no?  It feels really good to have a disciplined activity in one’s life, it really does.  (Ask the people who have been crawling into the studio almost every day for almost a whole month.)

That sign-in sheet is looking ridiculous!