All Posts by Stephen Guise

The One Push-up Challenge (Round 2)

Back on December 28, 2012, I tried doing one push-up and it turned into a full workout. On the very next day, I wrote and published a post called “The One Push-up Challenge.”

I challenged people to do one push-up per day, every day, and see what happens. I did the challenge myself, and it ultimately led me to develop a full-sized gym habit and additional life-changing “mini habits” (the title of my worldwide bestselling book about the strategy).

Everything was great. I had a strong gym habit… but then I lost it.

I stopped exercising. I admit it. As the creator of an extremely popular strategy meant to make behaviors reliable and habitual, I was failing. [Continue Reading…]

The Surprising Way to Enjoy Work

Confession: I don’t always enjoy working. It makes me procrastinate sometimes.

I have, however, figured out how to work whenever I want, and the solution isn’t what I thought it would be. It’s all about my expectations.

Last year, I went to a concert of my favorite band, CAKE, and being a fan for years, my expectations were extremely high for the concert. [Continue Reading…]

Drop Your New Year’s Resolution and Change Your Environment Instead

At the end of the year, most people reflect on what they’ve done. Most humans won’t even get 100 years to live, so it makes sense to think about each one that we live.

I believe it’s healthy to continually want to get better at life. You can do that and still be content. But those who panic about their lives (and want to transform overnight) will most likely set a New Year’s Resolution. Those have a failure rate of about 92%, so let’s explore a superior alternative. [Continue Reading…]

The Danger of Setting Specific Goals

We’re told to make our goals specific, but is that smart?

First, let’s cover the positive aspect of being specific. The more specific your plan, the more intentional you are about doing it. Which one off these sounds more intentional to you?

  • Let’s go bowling sometime
  • Let’s go bowling at Valley Lanes at 3:30 PM this Tuesday

Specificity is a double-edged sword, though. In terms of our goals and ideas, the subconscious brain thinks, “What about everything else I want to do?” [Continue Reading…]

Play to Win

dreamsguiseBronnie Ware worked as a nurse for seriously ill people for many years, often being with them just before they died. In her conversations over the years, she noted that people in her care told her they had the same types of regrets. She wrote a blog post about it called “Regrets of the Dying.”1

The most common regret of the dying: “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.”

Translated: “I wish I had played to win, rather than not to lose.”

When you live the life expected of you, it means you fear losing. You don’t want to lose respect, your reputation, or your image. When you try not to lose, you minimize your risk and reward. [Continue Reading…]