Building My Mental Toughness with Andy Frisella’s 75 Hard Program

It should be no secret that I’ve been slacking for some time now. For years, actually. That would come as a surprise to those close to me, who see me every day busy, dirty, or fully engaged in all sorts of tasks.

But there’s a difference between being busy and being productive. And there’s an even bigger distinction between toiling for the man and taking progressive steps towards one’s own life goals.

The lockdowns (mandatory or otherwise) brought in by the ongoing global pandemic should have been an opportunity for me to finally pick up my tools and get work on my goals. But, instead, I managed to use all that abundant time to fill my belly, break my back, and alienate myself even further from my goals and society at large.

Now, nearly 42, and tired of cruising helplessly along the sidelanes of life, I’ve finally come to understand that the reason for the lack of progress in my personal goals has nothing to do with the lack of will, lack of an actionable plan, or even a lack of action.

Rather, I’m precisely at the undesirable place I am today because I’ve never built up my emotional resilience and mental toughness to be able to push past my past failures, and manage the many calls for help, “opportunities”, and distractions that life throws in my face every day.

Something had to give. And in my search for help to fill this gaping void, I recently discovered remembered Andy Frisella’s 75 Hard program.

Elvis Appiah holding Andy Frisella’s Book, 75 Hard book

The 75 Hard Program

75 Hard is a transformative mental toughness program designed by American entrepreneur and bestselling author Andy Frisella. To really understand what 75 Hard is and why I’ve decided to do this program, it’s helpful to first understand what it’s not.

From the 75 Hard program page, creator Andy Frisella writes:

If you’re looking for a new fitness program or challenge, this is not it. This is a program that can change your life … starting from the inside. Are there physical changes? Yes! But trust me when I say the physical changes you see on the outside are a FRACTION of the results you can earn by completing 75 HARD. 

Andy Frisella (excerpt from 75 Hard Program website –

So this is NOT a fitness program. What exactly is 75 Hard then?

75 Hard is a regimen of challenging (and not-so challenging) activities designed to help take control of one’s life in (you guessed right!) 75 days. Upon successful completion, participants are expected to see tremendous growth in their “inner” areas such as:

  • Confidence
  • Self-belief
  • Self-esteem
  • Self-worth
  • Discipline
  • Determination
  • Perseverance
  • Grit

Thus the primary goal of the 75 Hard program is resilience and mental toughness development, but physical changes are a (welcome) by-product — all of which are areas I’m currently seeking growth in.

This is why I’m doing the 75 Hard program.

To be clear, I’m not dumb and naive enough to think that some regimen of activities will change my life, for good, overnight. Rather, my goal is to use this to jump-start my creative and goal-oriented life, after years of slacking off.

And, I wrote above that I recently “remembered” 75Hard because this is not the first time I’m discovering this program. Nor will this be my first attempt at completing the challenge. In fact, this is my third attempt!

In an upcoming post, I’ll explain the five critical tasks of the 75 Hard program that must be completed every day for 75 days, as well as the rules of the program. I’ll also explain what I’m doing differently this time round to guarantee I’ll complete this “baby step” of the entire 75 Hard experience and, hopefully, incorporate elements of the program into my lifestyle going forward.

Until then, if you’d like to dig deeper on your own, here are some useful resources for you:

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