Day 90 caught me on kind of a down day and I did not at first feel much like celebrating getting to the end of Tools --- But --- what I realized was how different the rest of the day went for me because of Tools. To begin with, even though I was feeling down, I knew that I had the power to make the day whatever I wanted it to be, and even the power to change how I felt. And indeed, it became a good day after all.
Have I achieved everything I ever wanted? Do I have washboard abs and a bank account with 2 million dollars in it? No. But, what I have, maybe for the first time really, is a framework for achieving the results I want, a new way at looking at goals (results) and really the means to do whatever I want. The biggest "secret" for me has been how consistent, little things add up over time (law of accumulation). You don't make enormous improvements all at once -- things just accrue until one day you are much different than you were. Small consistencies beat huge singular efforts every time. Especially when they are repeated -- the more I stick to my checklist for example, the better my results. The days where I am just too busy to look at my list are the days where things go south. I have also learned that timing is important -- at certain times of the day (in the am) I am ready to take on the world. By 5:30 or so I just want to escape. So, timing of things on the checklist may be important for some people, it is for me.
One last thought comes from a sign I saw the other day in a store window. It said "What would you do if you knew you couldn't fail?" I love the attitude expressed there and have made that affirmation part of my checklist. If you think about it, if you try and succeed you (obviously have not failed). If you try and do not succeed, but learn what you did wrong that time, you have a better chance next time. So there is no failure -- only learning. In truth, you cannot fail.
I want to thank Coach Steele and everyone who makes this site possible for giving this to us. It's an invaluable part of my life now, and I am becoming the person that I want to be (and even though I am not there yet, I know that I can get there).