Hello from beautiful Charleston, South Carolina.

Megan, Kaden, and I got a super cute little Airbnb on the water and we’re recharging the batteries for the next week.

Like many of you I have one speed, fast.

I talk fast, I eat fast, I work fast.

Not necessarily the greatest thing, but I’ve learned that’s part of who I am.

I take the one percent better approach and apply it to 100 Day Sprints, so that at the end of it maybe I’m 100% Better ;)

I’ve written about the 100 Day Sprint before.

Basically it’s some ambitious goals, projects, to dos, and growths you want to make in 100 days, and then you rest.

For me, it fits my personality.

If you think of a year being 365 days, I aim to have three 100 day sprints (300 days), and recharge for the other 65 days.

For me, that’s a good ratio.

For some, they need it be more of a traditional 5:2 ratio (Mon-Fri work, recharge on the weekends).

I’ve never really liked to “normalcy” of that.

I like to wake up at 4:30am and just go until I can’t possible go anymore, usually that means 8:30pm.

And I love it.

No complaints.

That also, as we all know, is not sustainable.

I have a pretty good pulse for when I know I’m reaching my limits, and I use travel to renew.

I travel a fair amount for work, but Megan and I always aim to schedule a more relaxing family trip at least once every 100 days.

I know that the travel creates some urgency in that 100 day sprint to get things done, and doesn’t allow me to “push past it."

For me, it’s just about getting out of my normal environment, seeing somewhere new, it allows me to turn things down a lot (I can never shut off completely), and really slow down the pace.

It renews me.

And that’s really the lesson here.

What renews you?

You’re balancing your family, your career, your relationships, and it all seems like it’s pulling you in a million directions.

How do you rest?

More importantly, how do you renew?

Good sleep is good rest, and that’s super important, but throughout each day, week, month, and year we need to find things that renew us.

Resting is great, but renewing is more important.

The difference?

Rest is doing nothing, sleeping, laying around, napping, etc.

Renewing is doing activities that bring you energy, that recharge your batteries, that relight the spark.

The goal is to find mini ones every day and then have larger ones throughout the year.

For example, I try to sweat every single day because I know I feel renewed.

I try to meditate, journal, and read every single day as it gives me energy for the day.

And for me, my hobby, traveling, is renewing.

For others, it’s stressful and not fun, for me, I love the energy somewhere new gives me, and I often can really slow down and get some quality renewal time in.

We know that in order to take care of those around us we have to be at our best. 

I know that if I want to be a good leader for the team, I have to be at my best. 

The coaches know that if they want to put on the best "show" for the clients, they first have to be at their best. 

You know that in order to take care of your family, you have to make sure you're taking care of first. 


How do you do that?

Find things the renew you. 

1% better. 

Dedicated to Your Success,

Doug Spurling