As I said in my last blog, it’s time to track one habit a week. This is the beginning, so don’t get bent out-of-shape about it. Pick a habit that has the greatest control over you, and once you start reaping the rewards of the Compound Effect, you’ll want to introduce this to your friends a family, too.
Let’s say you want to lose weight. Your goals is to track everything you put in your mouth from dawn until dusk. Pay attention to your sodium intakes. Pay attention to how many sweets you consume. For example, I’m a Gummy Bear Type-Of-Guy – meaning I LOVE to eat my gummy bears. However, I believe this is going to have a very bad long-term effect, so I decided to track how often I eat them and it’s practically everyday. Two days ago I said NO! However, yesterday I treated myself to a few bags that was about 30g’s in total, which is well under the 75g the American Heart Association requires not to go over.
If you want to talk about beverages, track those sugary drinks and glasses of wine. Anything you consume in general MUST be tracked.
Again, writing things down sounds simple, but only when you start it. That’s why I’m asking that you commit to choosing a category and a start date, now.
I am going to start tracking _____________________ on _____________________. day/month/year
Each day you’ll start with the date at the top of a fresh page, and start keeping track.
What’s going to happen after the ensuing week will shock you. You’re going to realize how much money, calories and minutes have been escaping you. Track it for three weeks. Yes, three weeks. Why? Some psychologists have said that a habit doesn’t become a HABIT until after three weeks. If you guys can do this for 21 days, and make it a habit to carry around the small notebook in your back pocket, purse, or in your backpack so you can log in everything, you’ll see a massive difference.
You’ll find yourself asking, “do I really need that back of gummy bears?” This question I asked myself last night, and without any sugar cravings, I walked straight to the entrance of my condo and went right up the elevator. Day 3 is here!