That moment when you’re arguing with yourself – what’s going on?
– You want to get up, but something is keeping you in bed
– You want to go to the gym, but you talk yourself out of it
– You want to skip the second piece of cake, but find yourself with another piece.
In this video I teach you “ABC – 3 Letters to Better”, & how to win those moments of choice.
I started with a goal – I wanted to weigh 175 lbs (instead of 215).
After 4 months of outright ignoring that goal or really anything to do with exercise and eating healthy, I figured out maybe a goal wasn’t all I needed. I did some research and finally found some studies from Stanford University about how to win those internal arguments with yourself (Hey you, get up! Go to the gym! vs. No way, it’s cold – let’s stay in bed!).
That led me to more research about intentions, rewards, and keeping score, and practicing. Out of all that (and some trial & error!) I made up my self-named Spiraling System of Success, which gave me an exercise habit. That system helped me shed 40 lbs of fat in about 90 days, and took me to the finish line of IRONMAN in Boulder, CO earlier this year.
Another simple post today – about the one question that determines your level of success.
It’s a question we all ask ourselves repeatedly, every day of our lives.
That question is – “Was it worth it?”
Here’s how it works –
After everything we do, whether it’s finish a task, eat a meal, or make a purchase, on some level we ask ourselves – “Was it worth it?”
Your brain will weigh the cost in many denominations. The price you pay might be in physical energy, such as a daily visit to the gym. It may be in dollars, like when you buy something. Or you may have to spend emotional energy, the kind you use in arguing or concentrating for an extended period of time.
This is a ridiculously short post.
It is ridiculously short because “simple” works. Every time. Period.
Why? When too much information is presented, your brain shuts down input channels. It lets in the biggest, or the loudest, or the most dangerous one and tunes the others out.
Between friends, family, and social media, there are tons of signs about what you should do, in every direction you turn. And you tune it out. “Honestly..” you might think.. “where do I even start?”
There is a great article in Venture Beat News titled How the tech elite teach Stanford students to start billion-dollar companies (in 11 quotes). I didn’t get 1/4 of the way through it before I was brimming with ideas about how to apply it to motivation, weight loss, and exercise.
Start-ups are trying to change the world. Some of them do. It just makes sense to take advice from guys who have created billion-dollar companies from scratch, and then apply it to our lives. Here is what they say –