You’re in for a treat today. You’ll see some of my personally embarrassing flaws…and how I’m using your system to fix them. After all, I am not perfect, far from it, and that’s why I have dedicated my life to our personal development. I need it!
Last week you learned 1 success secret called “the streaking trick“. Pick a tiny positive change and stick with it every day. The small steps & little bets lead to BIG victories. Once you get on a good-habit streak, it will give you the momentum to make more and more positive changes.
I’m taking my own advice. I’ve joined the 22nd TT Transformation Contest, and while I’m not focusing on weight loss, nor am I eligible to win the $1000 Grand Prize, I’ll be right beside you trying to improve myself every day.
Like you, I have big goals and dreams in my life, such as writing my first non-fitness book (about having The Perfect Day) and overcoming my vices.
Over the next 12 weeks my 5 “Streaking” resolutions are:
1) To write 3000 words per day.
Here’s the cool thing. I FAILED every day for the first 4 days. On day one I only managed 1600 words. It wasn’t until day 5 that I succeeded. However, simply setting this goal pushed me to write more and overcome my limiting beliefs. It has been a big personal breakthrough.
2) No Post Dinner Binge Eating
Like many TT readers, I have trouble with night-eating. Once every few months I’ll eat so much that I feel sick. It happened again on New Year’s Eve and left me bloated for almost 20 hours. I’m tired of this bad habit, so I’m going on a streak and recruiting you as my accountability partner to keep me on track. (Thanks in advance!)
3) The One Drink Maximum
I enjoy a cocktail hour drink to end the day, especially when I’ve hit my 3,000 word goal. But there’s a dark side…if I have two or three drinks, there’s a much greater risk of binge eating. Putting this out into the public, and holding myself accountable to you, will help me stick to my limit. The formula for success is that simple.
Share YOUR streaks with positive people.
That brings up an important point…you might be thinking, “What will other people think of me if I share my goals and my embarrassing personal flaws?” The answer is that it does NOT matter. Heck, most people already think I’m a fool anyways ;), so now we’re just confirming what we all knew!
But seriously, it won’t change the opinions of those that matter. When I share these flaws, my true friends become truer, our friendship is strengthened, and we all make big personal breakthroughs.
When you hold back, when you hide your thoughts and feelings, that’s when relationships get hurt. I’m a big believer in being honest and open. It’s the only way to live if you want to make Big Leaps in Your Life.
4) No Outbursts or Snarkiness
This one is really embarrassing, but the truth is I can be rude. I apologize. When I get asked a question I don’t want to answer, I am prone to snarkiness. When I get frustrated, I am prone to outbursts (whining, raising my voice, saying things I regret, etc). These are not the behaviors of a Gentleman (of which I aspire to be). Time to speak and answer with a smile at all times!
5) Healthy Gut Days
The last couple of years have brought some digestive health issues into my life. Through lots of testing and personal experimentation, I’ve found it best to avoid all grains, excess caffeine and alcohol, ‘fake ingredients’, artificial sweeteners, and unhealthy cooking oils.
This is easy at home, but harder when I’m on the road for work (as I am right now in the middle of a 21-day business trip). But again, I have YOU as my accountability partner to power me through temptations at restaurants or other people’s well stocked pantries.
Those are the 5 streaks I’m focusing on for the next 12 weeks. And they all will be easier to stick to because I risked embarrassment and shared them with you…so that you will hold me accountable (feel free to slap my hand if you see me reaching for a 2nd drink at dinner!).
I hope my willingness to share inspires you to set a few simple “Streaking Goals” in 2015 to help you reach your
Big Goals & Dreams.
Let me know what you plan to change.
Start your streaks today,
Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer
PS – What do YOU want?
“Identify exactly what it is that you want. This takes a lot of thought. Then don’t let anything stand in your way of getting it.” – Kekich Credo #56
To achieve what you want, you must:
1) Set your goals. Write them down. Keep them with you. Review them daily. Make a vision board.
2) Plan & prepare.
3) Get social support & public/professional accountability.
4) Choose an incentive – a prize for succeeding.
5) Decide on a deadline to motivate you to ACTION.
Accept this process will be hard, because that is what makes it simple.
You’ve accepted the challenge and plotted your course…not all you have to do is follow through. You want this bad. Time to get it. Take Massive Action.
Never give up on what matters to you. You CAN do it. Let’s go!