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When was the last time you were 100%? That was the question I asked myself on the morning of Sunday, March 8, 2009 when God dropped 30 DAYS AT 100 PERCENT into my spirit, as I was mulling over that fact that I wasn’t––100%.
30 DAYS AT 100 PERCENT: Changing Your Life 30 Days at a Time begs the question: How would your life be different if you were striving to live at 100%? The program (in book form with accompanying CDs) challenges you to complete the sentence, “I am 100 percent when” in eight different areas of your life, and suggests that by focusing on changing only 1 or 2 things every 30 days, you can start to take your power back in month one, gain momentum in month two, and begin to achieve in month three by eliminating the excuses that keep us enslaved to mediocrity and a life half lived.
30 DAYS AT 100 PERCENT challenges you to identify and manage yourself to your own personal 100%, and insists that by eliminating bad habits, choosing to do something new, and refusing to take no for an answer from anyone, including YOURSELF, you can begin to achieve again, or for the first time in your life.
I N T R O D U C T I O N
On the morning of Sunday, March 8, 2009 God dropped 30 DAYS AT 100 PERCENT into my Spirit as I was mulling over the fact that I wasn’t 100%. You see, I realized something that I have known for awhile, that without doing my hair, or makeup, or exercising my fat little growing tummy, planning out my day the night before, reading my bible, praying on the regular, emptying out the dishes in the kitchen sink, and being able to sit down in my gray Ungaro skirt without choking, I am not 100%.
Having just completed Rick Warren’s book A Purpose Driven Life1 with a small group of friends, I decided to call my Purpose Driven Life1 partners and share my idea with them. They all agreed, that they too were not always 100%. We shared some ideas on what would make us 100%, and in a matter of hours we had resolved to meet together on the phone the next day in an effort to make 100% a way of life––30 days at a time.
We opened that phone call at 7:30AM on Monday, March 9, 2009 with a statement of what our 100% looked like for each of us. Everyone was different.
100% can mean one thing if you are a mom, something else if you are an investment banker, something different if you are a makeup artist, and yet another if you are an athlete. But regardless of who you are, or what you do, EVERYONE has their 100%, and at one time or another, we have all slacked off.
In my life, I find that the longer I slack off of my 100% the muddier things get and the more dominant my excuses become. That’s because I’m now at 80% or even 70%, and I’ve bought into this new lower level of living with lower expectations.
Being at 100% is being ready for the ‘everything and anything’ opportunities that present themselves in your world, as well as the wonderful surprises that only those who are at 100% get to take advantage of.
How many times have you missed a great job, run into the perfect mate, or couldn’t take advantage of a downturn in the stock market because you weren’t 100%?
Still wanna run out of the house without combing your hair, go to bed without cleaning the brushes in your makeup kit, or think you can graze over the notes for tomorrow’s big meeting on the subway into work, and still shine like a star?
When you are striving to live at 100%, you make different choices for your life because 100% demands something new of you, and each new choice begets a new outcome, that bonds you to a new routine which has its own momentum. Some people say they don’t like routine. Who are they kidding? It’s the routine that keeps you prepared for spontaneity. Order begets order, and produces the freedom to move, do and create. Can you remember the last time you felt 100%? Do you remember where you were? What you were wearing? Who you were with? What you were doing? Why you were there, and how you were feeling? Capture it! Take a picture of it in your mind. It’s a mental and emotional record of your 100%.
Some people are really good at a nearly literal ability to visualize things they haven’t seen or touched. That’s amazing––and I’m working on getting better at it, but I’ve always been challenged with that kind of visualization.
As bad as I wanted that navy blue Range Rover with the beige leather interior and the navy blue piping, and as many times as I tried to imagine myself in the car driving it––(which I did), I still couldn’t quite wrap my head around the feeling of being in a car that I wasn’t driving everyday.
However, I could literally see myself walking into the Essence building at 1500 Broadway in New York City, slinging eight photography and styling portfolios because I had done it so many times before. I can to this day experience the feeling of walking up to the receptionist and saying “Crystal Wright to see Mikki Garth-Taylor,” the Beauty and Cover Editor at Essence magazine. I remember seeing her walk through that door to sit with me in the reception area, and the excitement of knowing that she didn’t give just anyone an appointment.
That feeling of accomplishment is tied to everything about that moment. The way I was dressed, the way I sat, the way I shook her hand, the way I announced my name to the receptionist, the way she smiled at me and my belief that she must have thought “Crystal must have something really special in those portfolios to come all the way to New York to show them to me.” It all made me feel FABULOUS. And the energy in that moment of FABULOUS is my 100%. I wanted it back. I wanted it every day. I wanted to recapture that feeling when I started writing 30 DAYS AT 100 PERCENT.
Join me on this 30-Day journey back to capturing and keeping your 100%.