The only issue is… Unlike the contestants of these shows, you don’t have major pounds to shed!
Your problem isn’t empty calories; it’s wasted time on Pinterest.
Your problem isn’t motivating yourself to hit the gym; it’s firing yourself up to make uncomfortable follow up phone calls to the people you blitzed at Starbucks yesterday.
While losing weight and/or getting into shape certainly should be a priority, there are other lifestyle transformations that you can work on simultaneously.
Contrary to what you may think, these inspiring weight-loss shows may have taught you the importance of the time-tested strategies they use and why they might actually be more useful for creating results in your IWG career.
1. Get over-the-top motivated
Are you seriously committed to change? Lifestyle transformation is an inherently long and difficult process.
If you don’t want success badly enough in your career, you’re doomed to fall back into patterns settling for what’s easiest with the least confrontation. In other words- settling for less than you DESERVE. You have to want it so badly that the mere thought of failing keeps you awake at night.
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”
–Neale Donald Walsch
2. Start a dream board!
When contestants on Extreme Makeover begin their year-long journey, the trainer always gives them a big goal for the end of the year. This big goal gives you a picture of what success will look like, taste like and feel like. Having a “dream board” represents the crystal-clear image of your victory.
How will it feel when you slip into your power suit? What does victory smell like? What will you be able to do then that you can’t do now?
3. Baby steps, baby
Though that new infinity pool will look fantastic in your backyard, it’s going to take a while to get there. To maintain momentum, cut that goal into bite-sized, time-sensitive chunks to seem more attainable.
For example, if your ultimate goal is to earn $5,000 per month to supplement your husband’s income, your first small goal might be to collect your four loyal customers PLUS six more to ensure that you are well on your way to the extra $600/monthly CAR bonus. Challenge yourself to make that happen in the next two months.
4. Keep a success journal
Food journals are a classic weight-loss tactic. Likewise, keeping a journal of every action you take to advance your career will help you to see which actions are earning you money and which ones are a waste of time.
In the weekly journal that I keep for my business, I keep track of how many people I blitz and exactly how I did it, the follow up, and the people I connect with that take action with this business. Some weeks are better than others, and because I keep track, I have a better idea as to why.
“Law of averages– If you do something often enough, a ratio will appear. Once a ration starts it tends to continue.”
If you’re looking to maximize productivity, you will also want to use your success journal as a weekly time log. Here are two different logs to take a look at. The first one is a 168 HR/Week Log created by time management maven Laura Vanderkam.
After you log your time for a couple of weeks you will know where you should be spending more or less time and where you have the time to fit in more of the necessities. Use this organization calendar created by Bob Goshen to help you get yourself even more organized.
5. Finally, paint the town GREEN
Did you just achieve a two-month goal? Pop open the champagne!
Patting yourself on the back is so important that I encourage you to take 10 minutes right now to brainstorm a list of possible rewards. Once you’ve done that, put those on your Dream Board!