YOU CAN SET GOALS
A 2009 study funded by the US NIH asked 1600 people to do two extra things to lose weight … write down (not type) what they ate and bring the diary to a weekly group meeting. They doubled their weight loss compared with others. A notable participant went from being obese, a smoker, drinker, jobless, in debt, to having a full-time job, buying a house, running marathons and getting engaged.
When Paul O’Neill took over as CEO of Alcoa (US biggest aluminium company) in 1987 stock prices were down, investors unhappy. O’Neill focused on one thing … worker safety. Over the next 10 years Alcoa stock rose 200%.
Why, what did they have in common? They tapped into a keystone habit. By concentrating on that one habit, the people began to reprogram other habits in their lives. A kind of domino effect. And they were accountable to themselves and to others who shared their journey.
Writing it down puts it in black and white and makes your actions clear, and you can’t hide from them. Measure it to manage it.
What is the one thing that you could do that when turned into a positive habit could change your life? Deliberate action will give you deliberate results. Progression rather than revolution.
*photo by Jeremy Bishop on Unsplash
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