5 Step Process: No Zero Days
You've stumbled upon the tool that will, once and for all, help you develop the lifetime habit of consistent exercise so you can take control of your health and live your life with the energy, drive, and determination that you’ve always craved.
Sounds like another over-hyped promise that will inevitably be left unfulfilled, doesn’t it?
But I’ve seen firsthand the No Zero Days strategy used to develop consistency with my health, my wife’s, and hundreds of our clients in the last couple years and now I want to share it with you.
So...what is it?
No Zero Days means that every day, no matter what, you do SOMETHING (no matter how small) to move your body and improve your health.
The idea of 'No Zero Days' has been hashtagged on Instagram, discussed on Reddit, and quoted on Pinterest...
Without realizing it, I was first introduced to the idea of it back in 2015.
At that time I decided not to return to Portland State University to finish my bachelors degree and instead move to my soon-to-be-fiance’s home island of Maui because I was head-over-heels in love with this woman and well, c’mon, it’s Maui.
It was a priority for both of us to get back in shape at that time. We were former collegiate athletes who were becoming masters of beer pong and late-night Taco Bell runs. So after work instead of heading over to a happy hour, we’d hit the gym.
With that new commitment, there were stretches that we’d be crushing it and everything was flowing smoothly. But after a few weeks we’d inevitably lose motivation and fall right back into our old ways. It wasn’t until we met our coach, Scottie Hobbs, that I got the answer I’d been looking for.
He and his family were visiting Maui on vacation and we met up for dinner. I couldn’t hold in my question for him any longer.
“Alright Scottie, give it to me straight. You’re in the best shape of your life with a loving family and thriving coaching business. What’s your secret to success?”
The words that came out of his mouth flowed with a calmness and subtlety that I’ll never forget: “I just show up every day no matter what”.
That’s it?! That’s all I’ve got to do?? I can do that.
I had heard some version of that thousands of times in my life but when you hear it face-to-face from someone who has done everything that you want to do, it clicks.
So we applied that principle and one year later my wife and I were in the best shapes of our lives.
If that worked for fitness, what if we started a coaching business and did the same?
Two years later our brand, Maui Fit Couple, had taken off and on a daily basis I found myself repeating to our clients the phrase that Scottie had told me just three years prior: just show up every day. I knew they understand what I was saying but it hadn’t stuck yet.
Then, in the middle of one of our 30 day challenges that we would host for our clients, someone ended their check in with #NoZeroDays. The idea caught like wildfire in the group and soon everyone was ending their check-ins the same way.
The principle that had begun to change my life from my mentor was now coined and phrased in a way that made sense and our clients loved to use and stick with.
Their results that would follow blew our minds. The clients who had always struggled with consistency were finally showing up each day. They weren’t trying to do everything at once, but rather, they’d do what they could and that momentum was turning into habits.
It was through the transformation of the group and within each client that I knew we had something special.
It’s a simple, straightforward idea with the power to change your life. But the reason why more people aren’t using it (yet) is because it’s only been left at that: an idea.
A wise man named Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.”
That’s exactly how I want you to think about implementing No Zero Days into your life. I don’t want you to study this idea, I want you to apply it.
How? You ask.
Great question. Here are 5 steps to get you started.
Step 1: Get a journal
It can be a small one, big one. Black and white or pretty colors. Honestly, it doesn't matter. The only requirement is that it's a physical journal and not one in your phone. Pen and paper, OG!
Step 2: Place the journal by your bed
And it needs to stay by your bed at all times, I'll explain why soon.
Step 3: Move your body
As soon as you wake up, set a timer for (at least) one minute and start moving your body. Squats, pushups, situps, plank, punching your alarm clock, or literally anything else. All that matters is that you move for at least one minute.
Step 4: Write it down in your journal
Don't overcomplicate this. Just write what you did and how long you did it.
Step 5: Wash, rinse, repeat (and a disclaimer)
That's it! Simple. Now, the reason your journal is placed by your bed is because, let's be honest, some days you're gonna be like, fuck that. I'm not doing it. It's inevitable. So if you have one of those days, your journal will be staring you down before you try to get into bed like the guilt-stare your mother used to give you on Sunday mornings when she said it's time for church. Do your (at least) one minute of movement before going to sleep.
Alright, time to get to work.
Actually wait. One last reminder...
The “magic ingredient” to making this simple, powerful tool work will be journaling your daily activity.
Now go get a journal and start.
Let me know how it goes.
Get a free copy of the “No Zero Days” journal when published