AND still lead a growth boom as a busy CEO in our organization!
My favorite definition of a habit is “whenever an action goes from taking conscious thought – to autopilot.” Think of this as when you space out while driving somewhere you have been to a thousand times. You pull into the parking spot and instantly think; I don’t remember driving here at all…
This is how we know we have established a habit. When something is built into our daily routine so well that we don’t even need to think about it happening – it just happens without conscious thought. Success in business and in life comes as a result of creating habits that lead directly to the goals we set, whether it is increasing revenue or losing weight.
So, how did I do it?
6 years ago, I weighed 263 pounds (and 35% body fat!). I knew that I wanted to change my lifestyle and become healthier, but was concerned I could not do that while also continuing to lead our growing organization! I followed 5 key steps in my journey to a healthy 210 pounds and I’ll be sharing them with you today.
1 — Focus on a habit.
Don’t think about the big goal, identify a key habit that will likely cause a goal to be accomplished. Reaching a major goal is nothing more than meeting tiny, micro goals a.k.a. habits on a daily basis.
2 — Focus on a habit that is sustainable.
There are no shortcuts. Study people who live a healthy life. What do they do? Focus on changing your lifestyle habits. Eating packaged meals that
3 — Focus on a habit that you want to put in place for a good start.
Focus on something small when you’re first starting out. Build momentum by getting early wins. If you start out of the blocks by trying to only eat 2 apples a day, starving yourself, you will be miserable. There is a sustainable way to live fit. Spend time reading and listening to those that are living that life. Learn from them.
4 — Choose a foundational habit from which you can build.
Focus on a foundational habit. What is the one thing you can change that will give you immense results? For
5 — Face Reality.
I faced reality in four very specific ways.
- I had an accountability partner. We have done body fat checks every 2 weeks for nearly two years.
- I weigh myself on a scale each morning to see how I am trending.
- I have surrounded myself with like-minded people with like-minded healthy goals. It’s much easier for me not to order nachos with extra cheese if nobody else at our table is doing that either!
- I faced the reality that if I eat more calories than my body burns, my body will store the excess as fat. On the other hand, if my body burns more calories than I eat, then my body will lean down.
What foundational habit could you focus on that would make the biggest impact in your life?
Who and what will make sure that a minor mistake in trying to change your habits doesn’t snowball into the same old bad habits you are trying to break?