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How To Have Tourette’s Part 14: The 90 Second Experiment

The last couple of months have been some of the strangest, worst, best, and most interesting of my life, at least as far as Tourette’s has gone.  From the horrorshow of No Excuses to the brief triumph of The Worth Of One Minute to the uncharacteristic anger of Dear Weakness…the highs have been high and the lows have been low.

But those peaceful 60 seconds were my favorite part of it all.  So much so, in fact, that yesterday I decided to try for 90.  Maybe I shouldn’t have tempted the fates, but I do occasionally feel the need to test and make sure that I’m the one steering.  That I don’t let circumstances make my choices.

Here’s what happened:

Update: I deleted the video for personal reasons. You can probably guess that I started having tics around 90 seconds.

I tell you now: I’m going to get two minutes before March.  I’m adding it to the list of goals. Mental progress often follows the same progression as physical progress:

slow, steady, methodical, endless.

Josh

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  • Jeroen January 18, 2010, 2:11 am

    I’m sure you’ll get it soon. Next time, use your Gymboss again. Seemed to help last time.

  • Julianne Fuchs-Musgrave January 18, 2010, 5:38 am

    “slow, steady, methodical, endless” I’m adding this to my mental mantras. Right next to my favorite quote: “Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.”

  • We Fly Spitfires January 18, 2010, 6:54 am

    Hey Josh. I saw a TV programme here in the UK about a hypnotherapist (Paul McKenna) who helped someone with Tourettes. Have you ever tried/thought about trying hypnotherapy? I’ve never done it and have no idea about it but was just curious as to your thoughts.

  • Heather January 18, 2010, 7:01 am

    I was rooting for you! You know what would be cool? Getting a full 2 minutes by the end of FEBRUARY! Hey–you did the deadlift goal by January 2, so it’s true—anything is possible. Ibid on the Gymboss. Rock on, man!

  • Terrence January 18, 2010, 7:52 am

    You will make it keep trying!!

  • Srinivas Rao January 18, 2010, 10:49 am

    Josh,

    I’m impressed that you have the confidence to put this out there. That alone I think sets you apart from so many other people out there. In regards to one other comment that somebody made, I wonder how implementing autosuggestion or affirmations might play a role in this. Just food for thought.

    • Josh Hanagarne January 18, 2010, 3:27 pm

      Hmm…I think “confidence” is spelled with a s-t-u-p-i-d-i-t-y, but too late now:)

  • Terresa Wellborn January 18, 2010, 12:59 pm

    I have a friend with Tourettes. She is brilliant, as are you.

    Keep at it. You can and will reach your goal.

    • Josh Hanagarne January 18, 2010, 3:28 pm

      She sounds more brilliant than the sun itself:)

  • ami January 18, 2010, 1:45 pm

    The more you attempt, the more you fail AND the more you succeed. And, by having the courage to share with us, even failure = success. Keep it up – you are amazing.

  • Marianne January 18, 2010, 1:48 pm

    I don’t remember who said it, but “You always pass failure on your way to success.” I love that.

    I watch you fail and know you’re one step closer to succeeding. And I’m encouraged to keep testing my limits too.

    • Josh Hanagarne January 18, 2010, 3:28 pm

      It’s been said a lot of different ways by a lot of different people, but they’re all right. Thank you.

  • Debbie Ferm January 18, 2010, 3:56 pm

    Some days it’s just not meant to be, I guess:)

    But I’m thinking that you got that over with fairly quickly. It could have been at the 88th second which would have just ticked you off!

    Next time!

  • Helen Hoefele January 18, 2010, 8:47 pm

    What are you thinking about when you’re trying to sit still? Maybe relaxation or disassociation techniques might help?

  • Larissa January 20, 2010, 12:18 am

    Oh man! I kind of had a hunch that it wasn’t successful when I saw that the length of the video was only 1:09. . . 😉 I know you’ll get there soon!

  • dan February 18, 2010, 4:23 pm

    Hi Josh,

    I just stumbled on your incredible blog. My son, who is 9, was diagnosed with Tourettes about 9 months, and my second son who is 8 has started displaying some tics as well. I have skimmed through a bunch of your posts but have not had a chance to listen to your podcasts, so I may have missed it if you covered it, but I am curious as to whether you have ever tried Cognitive Behavior Therapy or more specifically Habit Reversal Training? I know it does not work for everyone, but it has done wonders for my 9 year old. Thanks for you posts and best of luck,

    -Dan

    • Josh Hanagarne February 18, 2010, 4:30 pm

      Thanks Dan, I sent you an email. If you or your little guys need anything, please say so.