“He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.”
So I quit coaching to get my life together. That was back in March of last year. Up until 2 weeks ago (December 27th, 2011) not much had changed, except I had more free time. I was still out of shape, finances a mess, wasting a lot of time, making excuses. You know the average American stuff. However, over the break one of my close friends, Kyle Morrow, founder and CEO of Thirsttees (www.thirsttees.com) was encouraging me when I told him I needed to start eating better and start working out. He had me check out stickk.com while we were hanging out one day. The site is basically a place to put your money where your mouth is. If you want more information, check it out for yourself. Anyway, making a real commitment to myself with actual money at stake made all the difference for me. Darren Hardy, in his book, The Compound Effect, calls this your “why-power”. I decided to eat primally (check out marksdailyapple.com for more info on how I’m eating) and at the start of Day 3 I had a ridiculous change in my energy level. All of a sudden, I felt amazing. Since then, that experience has happened every single day. It’s been incredible. That one change started a ripple effect for me into lots of areas of my life.
I realized that I have been functioning, pretty successfully, at less than maximum potential. I was functioning usually at 60-65% of my maximum capacity, brought on mostly by my diet. I would eat bad and then be sluggish. The scary thing was, I rarely noticed it because it had become so commonplace in my life. I resolved to change this for the rest of my life. I have had a lot of help recently. It’s crazy, I have tried to lose weight at least 30 other times in my life, and none of them have been successful, even to the degree I have had so far. But, it seems like the stars are aligning and help is showing up when I need it. Besides my close group of friends who are monitoring my progress on stickk.com, I have been inspired by Alan Stein’s blog (www.strongerteam.com). This guy is amazing. He reads at least 50 books a year. That was inspiring, and he posted a thought the other day that has been resonating with me for the past few days. He said, “When you go to bed tonight think about this thought, ‘I traded 24 hours of my life for what I accomplished today. Am I happy with this trade?” Good stuff. Check him out. He has some great hoops stuff on there too, but even if you just want to see a successful guy that is doing the work to better himself, check out his site.
I have been all kinds of inspired, and its incredible. My life is like constantly reaping rewards. My relationships are better, my health is better, my attitude is better. I am so grateful its ridiculous. I plan on just continuing to do the work everyday. Life is too short, and there is too much good out there to settle for functioning at anything less than the absolute best. What kind of small changes can you make this week to get better? I am doing two things: 1. I am tracking everything I eat and drink and 2. I am tracking what I do every hour of the day. I was talking to a friend today who was saying he was watching too much TV, and that the family had had discussions about canceling the cable, but just had not pulled the trigger yet. He said, “I kind of wish we would have done it already.” My suggestion was, to set a goal to not watch any TV this week unless he was standing up. Standing up to watch TV? How long will you want to do that? I say maximum 10 minutes at a time. We’ll see how that goes, but as I learn more it seems that the success experts all say small changes done consistently over time reap huge benefits. Hopefully, I can be a testament to that. Oh, and by the way I’m coming after Alan Stein’s goal of 50 books a year. I am about to finish, The Compound Effect, and have decided to listen to audiobooks when I walk my dog. I am going to try and beat his record this year. So, what are you going to do?