So far we’ve:
Taken stock of our current situations with our Snapshots: Day 1.
Dreamed crazy-big, amazing dreams about what we want to accomplish with our year: Day 2.
Taken stats, measurements, and photos of our starting points: Day 3.
Gotten honest with ourselves about our why: Day 4.
Magic Bullet Time
Today is the day you’ve all been waiting for. The day when I reveal the secret sauce that makes MacroEd work. You ready?
Set the Stage
Over the course of the last 2+ years, we’ve developed a program based upon the teachings of our very favorite RD Jeremy Mullins that walks members through a series of lessons and challenges.
We’ve taught them:
- how to read and understand nutrition labels
- what the different elements of their food do in their bodies and how they can tweak those elements to get the results they want
- why, how, and how often they need to move their bodies
- what they should be drinking and why
- which supplements will help each person and which are a waste of money
- how to deal with overwhelm and keep moving forward
- what happens when you fall off the wagon and how to get back on
- why community matters when you’re chasing life goals; etc.
As a result of our time together (and the amazing work they’ve put in) our members have:
- lost fat
- gained muscle
- looked waaaaay better naked
- gained confidence
- found new hobbies
- fallen in love with new sports and activities
- made friends
- become happier
- eaten better
- fed their families better
- saved money on eating out
- improved their lab work
- reduced or eliminated mediciations
- completed “bucket list” style events and goals (first 5ks to Ironman races; Crossfit competitions to taking their shirts off at the beach…and everything in between)
As we’ve watched several thousand of our friends travel through this program, we’ve learned the Magic Bullets that have been the absolute keys to their success.
And here they are:
I can’t believe I’m actually going to reveal this out here…for free.
But here we go.
Life-Changing Magic Bullets:
- Overcoming setbacks
They’re out there now!
There you have it.
The keys to success in literally EVERYTHING in life from weight loss to business success to academic achievement to personal growth.
That’s your list.
Do you know WHY I can reveal our secret sauce with no fear of someone stealing our brilliance and running with it?
Because there is nothing QUICK, SEXY, or MAGICAL about anything on that list. And yet, I surely as I’m sitting here writing this, THOSE are the elements of success in every.single.story of our members who have achieved great things.
Ask anyone who has been successful in our program.
Find an “after” photo that you love and hit them up.
I’d bet my next paycheck on the fact that they would confirm that list for me.
I’ll even go a step farther and tell you to find anyone who is successful ANYWHERE at ANYTHING. Aside from a few lucky folks who fell into success, EVERYONE else will back me up on that list.
The truth of the matter is that it SUCKS.
I wish SO much that I had a fast track to success to share with you. But such a thing doesn’t exist and the people who pitch it to you don’t have your best interests at heart (I know you know the people).
Real change, the kind that transforms your life, is slow, sometimes frustrating, and so very unsexy.
Now that this disappointment has worn off, let’s break down these elements so we can understand them better:
Doing the same thing day in and day out. In our world this looks like cultivating healthy habits. This means meal prepping, making smart food choices, and being active more often than not. Success does NOT require perfection…in the least. But it DOES require consistency. (if you are my friend in real life, you know the tears I’m shedding over having to write this)
Allowing yourself to be seen at less than your best. Being authentic around those who want to help you (not everyone on the internet…just your tribe). Asking for help when you need it. It’s brutal…but you’re going to have to get comfortable being uncomfortable if you want to achieve lasting change.
This one is a two way street. By being vulnerable and letting good people know you need a boost, you can receive encouragement when you need it most.
Sometimes that may look like a text from a friend that says, “I see you in that drive thru…drive on, homie.”
Or maybe it’s a note from a coach that says, “You’re in the middle and it sucks but this is where the magic happens. Head down. One foot in front of the other. Keep going.”
Or maybe it’s a friend in the FB community cheering you on when you achieve a goal or complete a race.
Additionally, you’ll be able to offer encouragement to others. Those from our community who are the MOST successful are the ones who have looked behind them and brought the next person along too. Change is hard…slow…and lame. But being able to help someone else achieve things they didn’t think they could do makes the process SO much more fun and rewarding. So being an encourager, sharing your story and helping others write theirs is an amazing part of the process.
Murphy’s Law can be a real jerk when you start trying to improve yourself. MANY of our members have experienced personal, physical, emotional, or situational setbacks of some sort. And ALL of our members have fallen off the wagon at some point. Whether you’re recovering from a pizza binge or a shoulder injury, your ability to right the ship and get back to the habits that make you successful is pure magic and one of the most important keys to success. The quote “Fall down seven times; Stand up eight.” is right on the money.
Avoiding the urge to feel sorry for yourself or drive deeper into bad choices because you’ve already made a few is crucial.
Jeremy has a great analogy about this. He says, “If you got a flat tire on your car, you wouldn’t hop out and slash the other three tires. So why are you doing that with your food choices?!” You know the story: You eat one bad thing and feel guilty. So then you eat three more because you feel bad. And then you throw your hands in the air and say, “Screw it! I’ll start back on Monday.” And then a month passes… If you have a bad meal, have a good meal next. Don’t start spiraling. Quit slashing your good tires. 😉
There are a lot of reasons why our members sometimes hate me, but probably none any worse than this:
They come with a question about motivation. “Oh man. I’m really dragging. I just don’t care about my goals right now. I’m so unmotivated. Someone tell me something to motivate me.”
Me: “You don’t need to be motivated. You need to be disciplined. Do the work.” ::mic drop:: Exit stage left. 😉
I’m not always that hateful and I’m good for an “Atta girl. Keep going. You can do it.” when necessary. But if I know you’re using your FEELINGS as an excuse to have crappy ACTIONS, I’m not pulling any punches. You are in charge of the way you ACT. We have full control over that. We have very little control over the way we FEEL so I’m not going to focus much time or attention on changing how you feel. Sometimes you’re going to FEEL motivated. (Hello, January 1!) And sometimes you’re going to have to ACT motivated. (Looking at you, Feburary 20!)
I picked this up along the way in regards to my marriage. I’ve always been taught that love is an action. It’s a choice. And every day I have to CHOOSE the act of love. If I only acted well as a wife on days when I FELT like it my marriage would have lasted about 15 days. Some days all marriages are hard. It requires you to actively choose to be loving even when you don’t feel like it. I’ve found the same to be true in weight loss, building a business, writing a dissertation, raising a family, and any other important thing I’ve ever done.
Long story short: I don’t care how you FEEL (I mean, I do because I love you and want you to be happy…but…). I care what you DO. And if you don’t feel like it now, DO it anyways and the feelings will catch up. I promise.
That thing inside yourself that keeps you from quitting. Sometimes it’s motivated by your why. Sometimes it’s motivated by not wanting to become what you used to be. The trigger is different for everyone and changes with each situation. But whatever that drive withing you is that keeps you from letting yourself and others down, that’s your grit.
Hating to fail.
Wanting to prove something to yourself or someone else.
Being sick and tired of feeling like garbage all the time.
I can’t really describe or quantify that internal stubbornness but I sure can recognize it. I wish I could bottle it up and share it with you when your drive is low.
You’ve got some grit…and you can become grittier with time and practice. But everyone has to find their own way to it.
Find your grit. Lean on it when you need to.
So, for today’s New Year Challenge, and the world’s most disappointing blog post, I want you to look over these six Magic Bullets of success. Think hard about where you stand on each one. Which you need the most help to improve. And commit to keeping these things at the forefront of your mind as we go through this process. You don’t have to like me for these truth bombs but you will come to love me for being honest with you.
All the best,
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