Do It!! Or Else…

I heard Erwin McMannus say one time, “Many of us are educated far beyond our willingness to obey.”

Do you ever find yourself telling yourself…

I know I should turn off the TV and go to bed earlier. 
I know I should make time to cook my lunches for the week. 
I know I should eat more veggies. 
I know I should reach for more water and less soda. 
I know I should eat cleaner… Can I have a coach just follow me around all day slap food out of my hands?!?!

We know all of the things we SHOULD do. But sometimes our unwillingness to do what we know prevents us from experiencing the change in my life that we desire.

Maybe you have a problem with your GOALS? Or maybe you have great goals but your reasons WHY they want those goals are wishy washy?

If you are one of these types of people, John Bear’s “Blackmail Diet” may have a great idea on how to motivate yourself.

John Bear’s book, “The Blackmail Diet,” tells the story of his unusual approach to making himself lose weight. According to his autobiographical account, he set up an escrow account with his lawyer totaling $5,000. Bear then wrote up and signed documents ordering his lawyer to donate that money to the American Nazi Party if he failed to lose 70 pounds over the course of one year. The book tells the story of his efforts to keep that money out of the hands of a world-famous hate group.

Obviously this is on the extreme setup (one of which I don’t suggest:-) But the takeaway of the idea can be very eye opening.

Why not take the idea from Bear and set up an unavoidable and unpleasant consequence so that you MUST stick to your plan to achieve your goals? This could include giving some amount of money given to the group or person of your choice, giving away a treasured possession, or even committing a socially embarrassing public act. So long as it’s something you’re willing to work to avoid, and you set it up so that you can’t renege on the commitment, it fulfills the concept of the Blackmail Diet.

Or flip it around and instead of it be a negative consequence you could give yourself some kind of reward you have always wanted. The reward must be great enough to really commit yourself to and work for similar value of the negative consequence.

If you have a goal, a serious goal. How much would it take for you to lose (or gain) to take a no-holds bar approach to your goal?

The O-Board Says…

A. 20 Minute PT Grinder

A. Every 6 Minutes for 3 Rounds:
400m Run
25 Front Squats
25 KB Swings

Post by Chris; @cmoknows