Erik Bertrand Larssen. The content and opinions expressed below are that of The Art of Making a Baby. I have been SO GIDDY about participating in the Hell Week challenge since I found out about. I don't think I have ever been so excited to write a late night post about anything ever before. If you follow me on Instagram (and you should), you have seen me sitting around with a book. Not just any book. This one: HELL WEEK: Seven Days to Be Your Best Self by Erik Bertrand Larssen I would like to talk a bit about what this book is about, why I am reading it and participating in the challenge and why I think you should join me (if not for anything but for the fun of doing a challenge together)This post brought to you by
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ABOUT THE BOOKHell Week is a best selling book in many countries and finally it has made its way to the US. The book goes over a week long challenge with the idea borrowed from the author's military experience and applied to every day civilian life. It starts with 7 rules to follow all week and 7 steps to prepare for the week. You journey through 7 days for the actual challenge with a theme and challenges every day. The goal here is to become a better you, to be more productive, get rid of bad habits, foster new good habits, become an overall more effective and happy person. This book claims to help you do all that 7 days.
ABOUT THE AUTHORErik Bertrand Larssen, a Norway native, borrowing from his experience as a paratrooper, performance consultant, successful entrepreneur, created an easy to follow, straight forward program that can be applied to anyone's life. He has experience with mental training, and has been instrumental in success and bettered performance of many Olympic athletes, executives and CEOs. His writing style is fun and easy, yet firm and motivating. I have developed huge respect for the author while reading the book, not only in the experiences that he puts forward but in the tone, strength, and motivation that he manages to transfer through the book to the reader.
ABOUT THE CHALLENGEHell Week is meant to be a catalyst to a better life, sort of a jumping off point for all of us stuck in a rut or having trouble finding motivation. It is short, intense, doable and exciting regardless of where you are in your life. Type A people would probably get the biggest kick out of the challenge, while type B people would definitely be the prime candidates for improvement as well. This challenge is for everyone. It even applies to mommy world and life, where deadlines aren't as important and boardroom pressures aren't present. This challenge is for you if:
- you want to become more productive and more effective person while also remaining calm and composed, in every day life, at home, at work
- you want to finally get a business started or turn your hobby into business
- you need to catch up on things you've been putting off
- you need to figure out a way to lose weight, start exercising, eat better and actually stick to it.
- you simply desire improvement and pushing your own limits.
PROCESSThe first step in the challenge is to prepare. It actually consists of 7 separate steps all of which can take 3 weeks to put together. I did it in an afternoon. Once you are ready to take the challenge, you start your HELL WEEK. I will go over some of the notes I made as I was reading the prep part below. Once the prep part is complete, you embark on your HELL WEEK, which has 7 rules for the whole week and 7 days, each day has its own theme and challenges.
- Early to Bed, Early to Rise 5 am wake up and 10 pm bedtime sounded horrible to me until you read the argument in its favor. I am a night owl ( staying up till 3-5 am is a normal occurrence), yet I am excited to challenge myself in this way because it could really jump start my day. (I am writing this at 1 am, so yeah it will be a challenge but I am excited. My plan is to wake up and go rollerblading right away. Jump start my day with some cardio and push myself out of that sleepy state (Erik brings up some really interesting arguments about why that is important)
- Look Your Absolute Best At All Times Quite a challenge for me. I can't find time to do my basic things, trying to have my shit together even at home will be frustrating because of the time I will be spending on it. Yet I realize that I need to make time to take care of myself, my skin, my hair and my nails. Hopefully those extra hours of not sleeping in the morning will help. I would like to turn it into a habit where it's not even a thought. That's what I do.
- Exercise to the Extreme I've got this baby covered! I exercise 7 days a week for 2-4 hours. It's important to me for stress relief, for relaxation, and to be at my top physical shape, as well as be strong enough to be good on the volleyball court. During this challenge, we are asked to push exercise to the extreme and push our limits. Exercise harder and more intense than before. I used to thrive on pushing myself, so I would like to get that feeling back
- Stick to a Healthy Diet Once again, no problem here. I meal prep in the morning, I will have to cut out all sweets completely and rely on fruit for my sugar high. Other than dessert, I rarely eat any junk food like chips, pop or processed stuff.
- Take Charge of Your Digital Life Oh boy, this was very difficult to admit, but I am addicted. I realize my job is all about digital and social media, but I find myself obsessively checking my phone for texts, emails, comments and posts from friends. Not because I am particularly interested, but because I am addicted to always being plugged in and being entertained. I am REALLY looking forward to this rule to push me to only deal with social media during an appropriate time.
- Get Hyperfocused YES YES YES YES!!!! Please! I think I am one of the most productive focused people out there, yet I crave more. I want to have a laser sharp focus on things that I am doing. If I am with Lexi, I want to be in mommy mode. If I am working, I want to be focused on task at hand, not my incessantly buzzing phone or social media. I will take any help in that department to hone my productivity and efficiency skills.
- Step Up Your Game Do your absolute best the whole week. Just be better! Think of Yoda, "Do or do not, there is no try." Push at every turn!