I am officially down a size in clothing. Mike keeps telling me I need a new headshot for my business card.
If someone notices I’ve lost weight they invariably ask me… “So, what are you doing?”
I’m doing a few things, walking, working out, I’ve cut sugar and carbs out of my diet as much as I can stand. I’ve been drinking bulletproof coffee for breakfast for months.
One unexpected benefit has been conquering the 2pm slump. Almost every day for the last several years, after lunch I am an exhausted zombie from 2 to 4pm. It used to HURT to force my brain to focus on all of the important tiny details. Real estate transactions, ImpactClub Union City events, my family and my home all of the parts of my life that deserve my focused attention, all day. Not just parts of the day.
I had NO CLUE how much diet changes would affect my energy and focus. TEAM NO SUGAR!
Still, when someone asks me “So, what are you doing?” There is a secret answer that I usually don’t try to explain.
Storytelling AKA Public Accountability AKA IOD’s or Impact of the Day.
I’ve been writing and posting stories on Facebook for a while now, not daily, but usually at least weekly.
As part of the 28 Day Story Athlete Challenge I joined (just one component of the amazing Impact Club community) I committed to writing and posting a story every day.
I didn’t make it. I only posted 11 IOD’s in the 28-day challenge, shitty results compared to my amazing teammates.
Still, results are results.
By sharing my stories over the last couple of years, and holding myself publicly accountable, I have better results than I’ve ever had in my attempts to get healthy as well as many other areas of my life.
Since I put myself on blast on FB I’ve got very little choice but to do what I said I was going to do.
What would you choose? Once you put your goal out for the world to see? Would you do it because you said publically that you would? Or would it be okay to fail (also publically) and quit on your goal?
To continue with my accountability I’ll be honest.
In the last couple of weeks, I’ve been slipping. After I sprained my ankle, and it healed, I’ve wrestled with myself to get back to my routine. I’ve gained back a few pounds.
Now, this week I’m back on track.
If you publish your goals you will have a much better chance of reaching them. Trust that.
So that is my secret sauce. No sugar. Write my stories/IOD’s. Post my struggles and triumphs for all to see.